New Catholic Feminism: Theology and Theory

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Psychology Press, 2006 - Religion - 375 pages
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It is hard to over-estimate the challenge that feminism poses to Roman Catholicism. Pope John Paul II's call for a 'new feminism' has led to the development of a Catholic theological response to the so-called 'old feminism'. The New Catholic Feminism sets up a dramatic encounter between the orthodox Catholic establishment and contemporary critical theory, including feminist theology and philosophy, queer theory, and French psycholinguistics, in order to explore fundamental questions about human identity, personhood and gender. From the naked bodies of Eden to the 'gay nuptials' of liturgy, it argues that the strange and volatile world of Catholic sexual symbolism cannot be 'tamed' to meet the ideological agendas of either feminist theology or conservative Catholicism. Only through a radical re-evaluation of the sacramental significance of the sexed human body might the Catholic Church provide a redemptive response to the sexual politics of contemporary society.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Catholicism feminism and faith
19
Feminist bodies and feminist selves
33
Gender knowing and being
49
Knowledge desire and prayer
68
PART II
86
Masculinity femininity and
112
gender Church and priesthood
129
Redeeming fatherhood
225
l3 Redeeming motherhood
246
Redeeming language
269
Redeeming sacramentality
290
Notes
312
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Desire death and the female body
149
Sex death and melodrama
163
Being beyond death
187
Maternal beginnings
208
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348
Bibliography
357
Index
370
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Tina Beattie is Senior Lecturer in Christian Studies at the University of Surrey Roehampton, where she also convenes the MA programme in Religion and Human Rights. A leading Catholic and Marian theologian, she is the author of Woman: New Century Theological Studies (2003); Eve's Pilgrimage (2002); God's Mother, Eve's Advocate (2002); The Last Supper according to Martha and Mary (2001); and Rediscovering Mary (1995).

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