Defending the Catholic brand: yoga, demonic possession, and fear

Defending the Catholic brand: yoga, demonic possession, and fear

All businesses sell hope. For laundry detergents, that means hope that your clothes will be the cleanest, nicest-smelling clothes they can be. The Catholic church is a business too, and for the church, hope means eternal life (MUCH more impressive than clean clothes). The church also sells a ready-made community you can belong to, and a clergy that will guide you through difficult times.

But, because hope may not be enough to keep its customers, the church also uses fear. Yes, here it is the 21st century, and the Catholic church is still using fear to keep its members from trying other products.

One product the Catholic church doesn’t want its members trying? Yoga.

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New Saints for Women Raised Catholic, Starting With…

New Saints for Women Raised Catholic, Starting With…

We were taught about saints, you and I, lots and lots of saints. And even though most the church’s work is done by women, the great majority of Catholic saints are male. I’m guessing you’re not surprised. Men are priests and bishops and popes, so it makes sense that they’re most of the saints as well. Because, in the world we grew up in, men matter more than women.

Does this mean we need to reject the whole idea of saints, because for us sainthood is tainted with the church’s hostility toward the female? Not at all.

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How We Know Wonder Woman Was Not Raised Catholic

How We Know Wonder Woman Was Not Raised Catholic

Later this year, the movie Wonder Woman will be released in theaters. The trailer is out now, and as you watch, it’s easy to see that the main character is supremely confident - in her identity as a warrior and in her right to be the story’s protagonist. And alongside her confidence and her superpowers and her warrior identity, you can also see, very clearly, that Wonder Woman was not raised Catholic.

If she had been a little Catholic girl...

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The Question We Weren’t Allowed to Ask

The Question We Weren’t Allowed to Ask

Something fundamental happened to women like us because we were raised Catholic. Not just to some of us, who went to this school or had those nuns, or who belonged to a certain kind of parish. What happened to us is baked into Catholicism, and every one of us was given this same foundation. Our Catholic education taught us our identity, and our role in the world.

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Why this blog

Why this blog

This blog has a very specific purpose, but first let me tell you a little bit about me. I was raised Catholic, and as a direct result I missed out on feminism. While other young women were reading The Feminine Mystique and A Room of One’s Own, I was being taught by the nuns at Villa Angela Academy, an all-girls high school on the east side of Cleveland. The word ‘feminism’ was never heard at Villa Angela. Instead, at this ‘guardian of learning and truth,’ I was absorbing the counsels of St Angela.

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