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Posted on 09/30/2006 5:50:46 PM PDT by Salvation
|St. Jerome Feminist?
|Some saints seem made for controversy. It is not that they enjoyed arguing. Rather, their holy daring was foolishness to some and a stumbling block to others. And if they were intellectuals, the saints defended their folly of the Cross. One could say that Saint Jerome is the patron saint of controversialists.
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The Monk and His Lady Friends
Take That, You Guys
Those Brainy Female Saints
The Monk and His Lady Friends
Take That, You Guys
Those Brainy Female Saints
I am so anxious myself to do justice to her merits that it grieves me that you should spur me on and fancy that your entreaties are needed when I do not yield even to you in love of her. In putting upon record her signal virtues I shall receive far more benefit myself than I can possibly confer upon others.In all, Jerome did more than any other single Church Father to promote the dignity of and reverence for women in his day. He wrote to them more than any other; he wrote about them more than any other; he taught them, defended their rights, and encouraged their abilities. Even more than that, holy women greatly influenced Jerome: due to their insistence, Jerome wrote commentaries on the letters of St. Paul and many other biblical books, and after the holy women died, he implored their help so that he might one day reach the heaven they already enjoyed.
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Is the writer a modernist? (just something to ponder.)
St. Jerome's feast day is today, BTW.
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Men can't be feminists.
Pshaw. Do you know how many men nowadays call themselves feminists?
That said, I would rather call St. Jerome something else. Feminist is a dirty word to me.
I wouldn't say that St. Jerome was a 'feminist' simply that he acted as Christ did; treated women as equals in the sight of God to men.
I think it would be better to call him a good Catholic.
One of the funniest things I ever read was his tirade to on woman about the guy she wanted to marry. He sounded like a dad gone over the edge.
I read Christina Hoff-Somers book and I call myself a feminist to stir up conversation. I still feel weird calling myself a feminist. It sounds like feminazi *LOL*
No no no no no.
It never ceases to amaze me how far some people will go to project modern mindsets and systems of thoughts on people who lived among entirely different world views.
Why can't people accept that the man simply lived in the imitation of Christ?
I am a dedicated anti-feminist (as feminism is defined in today's world). When I look at what the second-wavers have done to society, I want to wretch.
There's a great quote of St. Jerome's I once used in a letter to the editor. It was taken from a letter to a Roman matron who had written to him about the difficulty of helping her young son learn to read. St. Jerome suggested she have some small blocks made and the letters put on those blocks so the child could, "make play a road to learning." I would say he was a very wise and kind man.
What would you say then? I thought he was more like an instructor.
Can men be feministic?
**Why can't people accept that the man simply lived in the imitation of Christ?**
Sounds like a great quote. Almost Montessori like.
A little self-profile of Br. Ezra Sullivan, O.P. - I presume it is the same young man:
From the article's content, I think he just wrote a headline and introduced the subject in a manner that might intrigue a current day reader unfamiliar with that aspect of Jerome's life. There's no hint of "since Jerome did x, we should go a step further and do y".
Thanks for that -- a former Baptist who converted. No modernist there in my judgment.
What a wonderful man. He did seem to be ahead of his time.
We also studied the martydom of those holy women celebrated in the Canon of the Mass: Felicity, Perpetua, Agatha, Lucy, Agnes, Cecilia and Anastasia. Fascinating stuff!
That's why I get burned up when I hear that the Church is anti-woman!
"I know of course that simply saying thank you is not enough. Unfortunately, we are heirs to a history which has conditioned us to a remarkable extent. In every time and place, this conditioning has been an obstacle to the progress of women. Women's dignity has often been unacknowledged and their prerogatives misrepresented; they have often been relegated to the margins of society and even reduced to servitude. This has prevented women from truly being themselves and it has resulted in a spiritual impoverishment of humanity. Certainly it is no easy task to assign the blame for this, considering the many kinds of cultural conditioning which down the centuries have shaped ways of thinking and acting. And if objective blame, especially in particular historical contexts, has belonged to not just a few members of the Church, for this I am truly sorry. May this regret be transformed, on the part of the whole Church, into a renewed commitment of fidelity to the Gospel vision. When it comes to setting women free from every kind of exploitation and domination, the Gospel contains an ever relevant message which goes back to the attitude of Jesus Christ himself. Transcending the established norms of his own culture, Jesus treated women with openness, respect, acceptance and tenderness. In this way he honoured the dignity which women have always possessed according to God's plan and in his love. As we look to Christ at the end of this Second Millennium, it is natural to ask ourselves: how much of his message has been heard and acted upon?
Yes, it is time to examine the past with courage, to assign responsibility where it is due in a review of the long history of humanity. Women have contributed to that history as much as men and, more often than not, they did so in much more difficult conditions. I think particularly of those women who loved culture and art, and devoted their lives to them in spite of the fact that they were frequently at a disadvantage from the start, excluded from equal educational opportunities, underestimated, ignored and not given credit for their intellectual contributions. Sadly, very little of women's achievements in history can be registered by the science of history. But even though time may have buried the documentary evidence of those achievements, their beneficent influence can be felt as a force which has shaped the lives of successive generations, right up to our own. To this great, immense feminine "tradition" humanity owes a debt which can never be repaid."
For the letter in its entirety: http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/letters/documents/hf_jp-ii_let_29061995_women_en.html
I've known men who were better feminists than I was. Whenever I forgot, they always reminded me. : )
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