New Vatican document to confront feminism
Tomorrow the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will publish a document that attempts to address what the Congregation sees as confusions generated by feminism and so-called "gender" ideology.
The document, published with the approval of Pope John Paul II, is entitled Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Collaboration of Men and Women in the Church and in the World.
According to officials, the document confronts some of the most critical consequences of "women's issues."
Catholic World News reports that the text offers the Catholic perspective to two common "distortions of feminism". These are the tendency to see women and men in opposition, and the relegation of sex as no more than a physical difference.
The document sees this second feminist "distortion" as the source of current cultural and politician trends calling into question family and marriage as the commitment between one man and one woman.
According to Vatican sources, the document will only provide "initial reflections" from a biblical and theological perspective on the issue, and will propose a perspective of reconciliation - "active collaboration" - between the sexes, highlighting the difference between man and woman as complementary and not opposed.
New Vatican document to tackle feminism (Catholic World News 29/7/04)
Vatican's congregation to publish document confronting feminism, "gender" ideology (Catholic News Agency 29/7/04)
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
30 Jul 2004