Over the 100 years since Rerum novarum, the popes have spoken about women on more than forty occasions. This book is the first study, in any language, of that teaching. From speeches to encyclicals, Richard Leonard takes the reader through twenty-seven of the most important papal documents concerning women, including Pope John Paul II’s significant statements, Mulieris dignitatem and Ordinatio sacerdatalis.
Writing in an easy and accessible style, Leonard shows how the popes have had very different things to say about women, depending on whether they were issuing Catholic social teaching or reflecting on the role of Mary.
He examines why such papal teaching about women has met with scepticism and hostility from women and men inside and outside the Catholic Church. He demonstrates why there is such an outstanding contrast in approach to Christian womanhood taken by the papal teaching office and that of leading Catholic feminist theologian, Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza.
This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand what the popes have said about women and why they say what they do.
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Table of Contents
Foreword – Elizabeth C. Johnson csj vii
Reading Papal Teaching 5
From Rerum novarum up to Mulieris dignitatem
Women in Catholic Social Teaching 14
Women in Mariologolical Teaching 32
Women in Mulieris dignitatem and Ordinatio sacerdotalis
The Teaching of Pope John Paul II on Women 40
What have woman gained and lost in this teaching?
Reactions to the Teaching 56
Interpreting the sources: papal versus feminist
The Hermeneutics of Pope John Paul II 78
The approach of Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza 87
Jesus and Women: A Case Study of Applied Hermeneutics 95
Towards a Fruitful Dialogue 114
Finding a Middle Ground 121
A Select Bibliography 127
Index of Papal and Church Documents xx