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Mary Daly, Pioneering Feminist Who Tussled With BC, Dies at 81
Boston Globe ^ | January 5, 2010 | Bryan Marquard

Posted on 01/06/2010 8:12:35 PM PST by nickcarraway

Fiercely and playfully -- often at the same time -- Mary Daly used words to challenge the basic precepts of the Catholic Church and Boston College, where she was on the faculty for more than 30 years.

Dr. Daly emerged as a major voice in the burgeoning women's movement with her first book, "The Church and the Second Sex," published in 1968, and "Beyond God the Father: Toward a Philosophy of Women's Liberation," which appeared five years later. That accomplishment was viewed, then and now, as all the more significant because she wrote and taught at a Jesuit college.

"She was a great trained philosopher, theologian, and poet, and she used all of those tools to demolish patriarchy -- or any idea that domination is natural -- in its most defended place, which is religion," said Gloria Steinem.

Dr. Daly, whose relationship with Boston College grew tempestuous as she insisted that only women could take her classes, died Sunday in Wachusett Manor nursing home in Gardner. She was 81 and her health had failed in the past few years, including recent paralysis due to a neurological condition.

" 'The Church and the Second Sex' was every bit as important in the Catholic world as Betty Friedan's 'The Feminine Mystique,' " said James Carroll, an author and columnist for the Globe's opinion pages who formerly was a Catholic priest.

Sister Joan Chittister, a feminist author and a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pa., said Dr. Daly "literally turned the standard theological concepts upside down. Mary played with language in such a way that you simply had to stop and think. ... You couldn't use old words in the old ways."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: feminism; feminists; obituary

1 posted on 01/06/2010 8:12:37 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Hmm. Purgatory or Hell?


2 posted on 01/06/2010 8:18:28 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (if you can read this you're too close.)
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To: nickcarraway

"Is this Woodworking 101?"

Another unfortunate looking woman pissed off at the world...

3 posted on 01/06/2010 8:20:28 PM PST by varyouga (2 natural disasters, zerO action. Obama doesn't care about white people!)
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To: nickcarraway
Sister Joan Chittister, a feminist author and a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pa.,

You kind of wonder if this crowd is capable of love or sacrifice.

4 posted on 01/06/2010 8:21:45 PM PST by Tribune7 (Toll booths are devices funded by taxpayers to snarl traffic, waste gas and produce smog)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Hmmm ... Can you presume to know God’s determination of any soul’s fate?


5 posted on 01/06/2010 8:23:08 PM PST by worst-case scenario (Striving to reach the light)
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To: nickcarraway
"Her legacy is a cloud of women witnesses and male theologians, too, who have now been released into whole new understandings of blah,blah,blah

Yeah, one of her early devotees was Hillary Rodham. Ms. Nibbs asked Daly to help her put together a special summer school for the cream of Arkansas' high school students. Daly obliged creating a demented program which caused the suicide of one student.

May she not rest in peace.

6 posted on 01/06/2010 8:23:09 PM PST by Slyfox
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To: nickcarraway

‘I am a man trapped in a woman’s body. I am mentally ill. I have great wisdom”.


7 posted on 01/06/2010 8:23:23 PM PST by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck.)
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To: Slyfox

I did not know that. Was it some kind of lesbian nonsense, this summer program? Sounds like she would have been a candidate for excommunication.


8 posted on 01/06/2010 8:31:25 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: Slyfox

I did not know that. Was it some kind of lesbian nonsense, this summer program? Sounds like she would have been a candidate for excommunication.


9 posted on 01/06/2010 8:31:33 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: All

Population of Earth -1
Population of Hell +1


10 posted on 01/06/2010 8:36:17 PM PST by Jonah Johansen ("Coming soon to a neighborhood near you")
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To: worst-case scenario
Hmmm ... Can you presume to know God’s determination of any soul’s fate?

It might be easier than you presuming a sense of humor.

11 posted on 01/06/2010 8:38:01 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (if you can read this you're too close.)
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To: Jonah Johansen

Perhaps, but that’s no cause for celebration.


12 posted on 01/06/2010 8:38:03 PM PST by Dan Middleton
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To: the invisib1e hand

That’s the thing about the internet ... it’s so hard to tell when a non-funny person is “just joking.”


13 posted on 01/06/2010 8:44:04 PM PST by worst-case scenario (Striving to reach the light)
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To: Dan Middleton

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2422411/posts


14 posted on 01/06/2010 8:44:33 PM PST by Notwithstanding (Wer glaubt ist nie allein. Who believes is never alone.)
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To: varyouga

Number 24 of Rush's 35 undeniable truths of life.

15 posted on 01/06/2010 8:45:51 PM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: Frank_2001
Was it some kind of lesbian nonsense, this summer program?

Well, let's put it this way...the students were encouraged to explore different lifestyles, drug cultures, weirdo ways of expressing themselves including witchcraft. Parents were no longer to be trusted. So the poor kid had no one to count on as Mary Daly and her gal pals successfully disengaged him from all his meaningful emotional supports.

Six weeks was long enough to cause a perverted state with no chance for reversal.

Liberals only know how to infect,

16 posted on 01/06/2010 8:47:30 PM PST by Slyfox
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To: the invisib1e hand

Heaven would be hell for this crone because she would find men there.


17 posted on 01/06/2010 8:48:23 PM PST by Notwithstanding (Wer glaubt ist nie allein. Who believes is never alone.)
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To: nickcarraway

Boy, they sure rounded up all the usual heretics to praise this heretic for doing her best to undermine the Church.

Well, she’s dead. Let’s hope she repented before the end.


18 posted on 01/06/2010 8:49:54 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: nickcarraway
Mary played with language in such a way that you simply had to stop and think. ... You couldn't use old words in the old ways."

war is peace!

19 posted on 01/06/2010 8:59:15 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (if you can read this you're too close.)
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To: worst-case scenario
That’s the thing about the internet ... it’s so hard to tell when a non-funny person is “just joking.”

Subtlety is a hard thing for some to grasp.

20 posted on 01/06/2010 9:05:17 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (if you can read this you're too close.)
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To: varyouga

Odds she drove a forest-green Subaru?

21 posted on 01/06/2010 9:09:09 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (if you can read this you're too close.)
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To: Notwithstanding
Heaven would be hell for this crone because she would find men there.

That creature, in that state, would certainly turn heaven into hell for the men there.

22 posted on 01/06/2010 9:13:09 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (if you can read this you're too close.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

2:1


23 posted on 01/06/2010 9:26:59 PM PST by LostInBayport (When the riders in the cart outnumber those pulling the cart, the cart stops moving. My back hurts.)
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To: nickcarraway
I sure hope she repented before she died, or she's gonna have a LOT to answer for. She caused great confusion in the Church by virtue of the education she passed on to young Catholics who came through her classrooms.

Those young people then fanned out into parishes throughout the country, confusing others along the way.

24 posted on 01/06/2010 9:57:45 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: the invisib1e hand

I have to judge... but hell for a thousand Alex.


25 posted on 01/06/2010 10:20:54 PM PST by AliVeritas (Is it nothing to you all ye who pass by? Our brothers blood screams from the ground.)
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To: nickcarraway

Awww....she died? Boo freakin’ hoo.


26 posted on 01/06/2010 10:20:57 PM PST by no dems (Sarah Palin has more experience than B. Hussein Obama had.)
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To: NYer; Salvation

Ooh, come look at all the fervent believers vouching for Mary Daly.

(Saints preserve us)


27 posted on 01/06/2010 10:21:54 PM PST by AliVeritas (Is it nothing to you all ye who pass by? Our brothers blood screams from the ground.)
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To: Tribune7

As Sister (now Saint), Faustina said, even the devil can put on robes of humility, but never the robe of obedience.


28 posted on 01/06/2010 10:23:46 PM PST by AliVeritas (Is it nothing to you all ye who pass by? Our brothers blood screams from the ground.)
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To: Cicero

Indeed.


29 posted on 01/06/2010 10:25:26 PM PST by AliVeritas (Is it nothing to you all ye who pass by? Our brothers blood screams from the ground.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

We agree - that particular joke of yours was too “subtle” for me, as well as for the other posters who thought you were making a comment musing about the woman’s eternal fate.


30 posted on 01/07/2010 4:34:00 AM PST by worst-case scenario (Striving to reach the light)
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To: nickcarraway; netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; markomalley; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; ...
Catholic Ping
Please freepmail me if you want on/off this list


31 posted on 01/07/2010 6:04:26 AM PST by NYer ("Where Peter is, there is the Church." - St. Ambrose of Milan)
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To: varyouga

that’s a woman? show me the birth certificate!


32 posted on 01/07/2010 6:13:18 AM PST by isom35
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To: NYer

bump with no comment


33 posted on 01/07/2010 6:37:03 AM PST by Ciexyz
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To: the invisib1e hand
Actually, she'd probably insist that they be removed. She went toe-to-toe with BC for years in her absolute refusal to allow men to enroll in her courses. Boston College dithered with her on this for quite a while, but finally took some action when several male students filed a discrimination lawsuit. She abandoned her classes altogether at that point, which eventually led to her tenure being stripped away.

She was a highly disturbed woman who considered men in general to be utterly valueless, and shrieked her message along these lines for decades in classes, as well as in the media. I have no idea what prompted her anti-male hatreds, but anyone claiming - as a foundational justification for theological fulminations against men in general and God in particular - that 9,000,000 women were burned as witches in the Middle Ages clearly must have had a screw or two loose.

On the basis that she had to have been some sort of (self-inflicted) tortured soul, I hope that God has mercy on her. She sure had none on herself, from what those of us in the Boston area could see all these years.

34 posted on 01/07/2010 8:59:27 AM PST by magisterium
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To: magisterium
I have no idea what prompted her anti-male hatreds,

he father was probably pussy-whipped.

She sure had none on herself,

Nor on those who sat under her influence, from what I gather.

She sounds and looks like the prototypical massachusetts intellectual lesbian.

God, what a waste the 60's were.

35 posted on 01/07/2010 9:31:29 AM PST by the invisib1e hand (if you can read this you're too close.)
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