A new blog by faithful Catholic women: Catholic Women Rising

There is a new blog by Catholic women who are faithful to the Church’s teachings: Catholic Women Rising

The manifesto:

We the undersigned

This blog has been set up as a place where faithful practicing Catholic women may register their support for Catholic doctrine regarding women, in particular issues relating to sexuality, contraception, abortion, marriage and the male priesthood.

It is for women who accept that the teaching of the Catholic Church was revealed to us by Jesus Christ and handed down by the apostles, expressed in sacred scripture and tradition and is therefore not able to be modified or deleted. This is a place where women can joyfully testify to the freedom from oppression that accompanies an authentic God-given expression of sexuality and chastity.

If you agree with the statement below, please register your support in the comments box.

I am a faithful practicing Roman Catholic woman, who attends Mass at least once a week and who believes in and practices the Church’s teachings, specifically pertaining to matters on sexuality, contraception, abortion, marriage and the ordination of women. I believe that the Roman Catholic Church is sympathetic to and representative of the needs and concerns of women and their children, wherever they may be in the world. I would like to offer our new Pope Francis, my prayers and support and thank him for his continued protection and support of mothers and their unborn children. I fully endorse Church doctrine in relation to women’s issues. 


Read the rest there.

The Catholic Herald of the UK (the best Catholic weekly in the UK) hails this blog as supporting a “New Feminism”.

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Fr. Z is the guy who runs this blog. o{]:¬)
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  1. Charivari Rob says:

    I’m curious. I looked through that blog’s front page and post and “about” page, and probably I missed seeing it when it is actually in some very prominent spot – but I don’t see anything there that claims that blog is by a woman, Catholic or otherwise.

  2. Austin Catholics says:

    I just hope none of those women expect anybody to wash their feet the day after tomorrow.

  3. marajoy says:

    Faithful, Catholic (married) women should also check out http://livingthesacrament.com/

  4. ReginaMarie says:

    Looks like a site worth checking out. My apologies for nitpicking, but how about us Eastern (Byzantine) Catholics who faithfully & gratefully assent to the Church’s authority & teaching on these matters? We are not Roman Catholic, but we are fully & authentically Catholic & are in communion with Rome. We are a small minority…be we are here. :)

  5. Ben Trovato says:

    @Charivari Bob

    The blog is the initiative of Caroline Farrow, who also blogs at http://carolinefarrow.com

  6. Regina, you are not forgotten by some, including myself :) May the life-giving Trinity bless Roman Catholics, Melkite Catholics, Maronite Catholics, Coptic Catholics, Ukrainian Catholics, Aremenian Catholics, and all my family in society spread throughout the earth.

  7. Katylamb says:

    Austin Catholics: What makes you think they would want anyone to wash their feet? Gosh, this hostility toward women by (some) trad men is getting old! Just because some screwy women want to be priests or want other silly things, is no reason to take it out on ALL women. Jesus loved women! He still loves us. We belong to his Church just as much as men do. Ugh!

  8. Kathleen10 says:

    Sign me up. I’ve seen feminism spread nothing but lies and misrepresentations as far back as I can remember. Women have not profited much in the war between the sexes, mostly just a little wage parity, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s done far more harm than good. I have a real dislike for feminism, always have. When I think of the damage done, especially for children. Children have paid the biggest price for all the social machinations of feminists. From aborting children before they even have a chance to live, to convincing mothers they had lots more “important” things to do outside the home than raise happy, healthy children, to making it seem that men and women are natural enemies, children have paid and will pay the biggest price. Jesus respected and honored women. We were his friends. That’s enough for me.

  9. Katylamb says:

    “Jesus respected and honored women. We were his friends. That’s enough for me.”

    Kathleen10, I totally agree with your entire post. I just wish everyone could distinguish between a dislike for feminism and a dislike for women.

  10. oldcanon2257 says:

    On a related note, I always have a good laugh whenever I hear the usual blah-blah from radical liberal feminists about how women are oppressed in the Church, etc.

    All Catholics know that the most exalted of all of God’s creatures is a woman – Our Blessed Mother – the most powerful intercessor ever who surpasses all the saints and all the angels in heaven. The Church, both East and West, have been proclaiming that for more than two thousand years.

    When I brought that little oh-so-conveniently-forgotten fact to the attention of those radical liberal feminists (and other facts such as Saint Catherine of Siena’s letters to Pope Gregory XI) and asked them, “By the way, if women were truly oppressed or had no role/influence in the Church, for the sake of argument, how do you explain such and such…?”, within a few moments they either changed subject or quickly resorted to ad hominem.

    True feminism is to imitate Our Blessed Mother, her deep humility (“Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word.” -Luke 1:38) and her absolute faith in Our Lord (“Whatsoever he shall say to you, do ye.” -John 2:5)

  11. Scarltherr says:

    Having given up the entire feminist craziness about 15 years ago… No Oprah, no magazines, rarely a chick-flick, I can honestly say I’m glad these women are doing this. I’m tired of watching members of my sex talk about shoes, jewelry parties, and work-outs. Actually, I haven’t done that since I worked full time, so 5 years? It is so hard to be a woman. Being a good Catholic woman is still an aspiration. Kathleen10 is right, the children have paid the biggest price. I proudly live in a pink free zone! Real women pray, think and serve!

  12. mightyduk says:

    ummmm… pardon me, but where did anyone express a dislike for women? You should read Alice Von Hildebrand.

    A traditional man loves women, and especially appreciates a woman who understands true womanhood. A true woman does not seek equality to a man.. she certainly possesses equal dignity but appreciates her own unique gifts as well as the unique gifts of men. We are not all the same.

  13. Charivari Rob says:

    Ben Trovato, thank you!

  14. AvantiBev says:

    mightyduk could you clarify your statement that a “true woman does not seek equality to a man”?

    Not trying to nit pick here but I can think of a lot of areas where I am grateful for equal rights: before the law; in seeking and obtaining a higher education; voting; owning property; the right to inherit; business ownership; the right and duty to serve on a jury. Heck, everytime I put the pedal to the metal I say a prayer for those poor Saudi women who are seen as too inferior to drive! We have many male clients who praise the wise counsel and assertive representation my female attorney boss gives them. My dear friend is a terrific doctor with true talent worthy of St. Luke.

    So please clarify what “equality” you deem seemly for “true womanhood”.

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  16. Shirley J. Schultz says:

    I am a 66 year old cradle Catholic who loves our Catholic faith with every fiber of my being. Back in the 60’s when women were pushing for equality and freedom, I was married and pregnant with the first of seven children. I remember telling my family that I was as liberated as I wanted to be. I didn’t understand what these feminists wanted. Looking around us today, I see where they ended up: they have about destroyed the family and society. We must pray, fast and sacrifice, asking our Lord to have mercy on us and turn our world around again.

  17. trleith says:

    > What makes you think they would want anyone to wash their feet?

    That was a jibe at Pope Francis’ “liturgical abuse” on Maundy Thursday. Evidently the Austin Catholics think even the pope should Do the Red.

    I do not think that mightyduk meant to speak for himself, but rather was summarizing Mrs. von Hildebrand. She is quite a fine philosopher and has written extensively on femininity and its enemy. Click here for a very small sample. A book-length treatment by her is The Privilege of Being a Woman.

    Have a Blessed Easter Feast. 50 days! WooHoo!

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