No Christian feminism
For decades faithful Christians have been outraged by the many evils of the modern world – but in some ways they have rebelled against the wrong things. Feminism is the third-rail issue among Christians; it is the elephant in the room that cowardly men – for fear of being labeled “sexists” or “misogynists” – choose to remain silent. And, as a result, women in the western world have lost their feminine identity and the family has been desecrated.
Any sane human being knows that killing children is wrong. Any sane human being knows that sodomy is disgusting. And I believe it is fair to say, at least as far as the former are concerned, that Christians of good will (i.e. practicing Catholics who believe in all the teachings of the Church and Protestants invincibly ignorant who lead a moral life and are open to the truth) remained uncompromising.
Since Catholics have the fullness of the truth and, therefore, of the proper tools to fight, they have naturally been the leaders of the culture war. But that does not negate the effort of so many other Christians; rather, it underscores the need for them to return home to Rome – because if they did, their fire and zeal, along with Catholic truth, would be an incredible and much-needed blessing at this time.
That being said, Christians of good will – again, Catholics and Protestants – have been naïve. They have collectively turned a blind eye to the root cause of the evils they are fighting. The child murderous society against which Christians heroically fought back is the fruit of feminismthat Christians have not heroically push back.
The “misguided feminism, which seeks to correct the work of God”, which Pope Saint Pius X condemned more than a century ago, is a direct attack on the reality that “motherhood is the vocation of woman”, which Pope Saint John Paul II affirmed less than half a century ago.
In 1960, more than 80% of married women with children under 6 stayed at home. In 2008, when “liberated” women and mothers swallowed the feminist pill, that percentage was halved.
Ignoring Scripture and Tradition, the so-called Christian feminist movement has sought, and still seeks, to overthrow the Church’s immutable doctrines of patriarchy.
The Catechism of the Council of Trent defines the patriarchal order in the family: “Let women never forget that before God they must love their husbands, esteem them above all others, yield to them in all things not incompatible with Christian piety, willing and ready obedience.”
This doctrine, known in the light of natural reason and confirmed by divine revelation, has been, and continues to be, ignored by the very people who struggle with many evils in civilization today.
The child murderous society that Christians have heroically fought back against is the result of feminism.
Because all of human history reflects patriarchy – and this order is unequivocally confirmed by Sacred Scripture and Tradition – to dissent is an absurd and dangerous decision.
The “rights” to use birth control, to divorce, to kill babies, to “marry” someone of the same sex, to “change” sex, etc., were all preceded and facilitated by the 19th century feminist plot to overthrow the patriarchy.
In pro-life circles, early feminists like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony often receive forced and token praise for their opposition to abortion. (Let us emphasize how low the bar is for praise in the pro-life world – again, every normal human being knows that killing children is wrong.)
These two, though opposed to the obvious evil of killing the unborn child, were utterly opposed to the traditional, well-ordered family.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was the main force behind the infamous Seneca Falls Convention of 1848, the first women’s rights convention.
She is also the author of a blasphemous book entitled The Woman’s Bible in which she falsely claimed that Holy Scripture degraded women, sacrilegiously blaming that the
An absolute disregard for all the decency of life and all the natural personal rights of women, as set forth in these pages [of the Bible] should destroy, in the minds of women at least, all authority of superhuman origin, and mark the Pentateuch at least as emanating from the most obscene minds of a barbarous age.
Stanton’s feminist dogmatism caused her to harbor a seething animosity toward Christianity, especially Catholicism. “The Bible and the Church have been the greatest stumbling block on the road to women’s emancipation,” Stanton said.
Stanton’s close feminist collaborator was Susan B. Anthony. The two published a women’s newspaper in the late 1860s called “Revolution”, in which they continued to work to upset the family. Pushing for more so-called rights in the areas of property, education, and wages, Stanton and Anthony eroded marriage and encouraged divorce.
Susan B. Anthony even said at one point, “I don’t see divorce as wrong in any way.” And, like Stanton, she degraded Christian doctrine on patriarchy generally, famously commenting, “You say ‘women must be emancipated from their superstitions before emancipation is of any use.’ , and I say just the opposite, that women must be emancipated before they can be emancipated from their superstitions.”
Throughout the 20th century, feminists, seeking to annihilate patriarchy, deliberately dismantled the family. Women won the right to vote in 1920 in a certain victory for the suffragist movement. But it was only one means to another end, according to anti-suffragette Mrs. John Martin, who observed, “Between feminism and the family there is an inherent and irreconcilable antagonism.”
This irreconcilable antagonism exists, among othersbecause feminist ideology rejects the husband as head of the wife (contra Ephesians 5:23) and head of the family (contra divine arcana, §11). Antoine, for example, called for the recognition of women as “the equal of men” in “the house, the Church, the State”.
The family is the most basic community. It is the foundation of all other societies.
Feminist ideology rejects the husband as the head of the family.
Trying to tackle today’s societal problems without addressing the root cause is a losing battle. This amounts to saying that abortion is wrong while accepting contraception; saying transgender is fake while accepting homosexuality; or say sex trafficking is wrong while accepting pornography.
Obviously, these issues are all spiritual in nature – ultimately, a rejection of God and His order.
To dive deeper into this important question, watch this week Mic Upin which David Gordon discusses feminism with Dr. Deborah Savage, professor of theology at Franciscan University.
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