A Tirade Against Mary


#1

If you read the entire commentary, believe it or not, it gets even worse!!!

"…In Truly Our Sister, Elizabeth Johnson reveals that feminists have a grudge against Mary for standing above them as the Virgin Mother of Christ. Johnson, a Sister of St. Joseph who teaches theology at Fordham University, claims that a torrent of hatred for women has resulted from the honor given to Mary. But change is coming, she hopes, because devotion to Mary has died out among “hosts” of women and our culture scorns “medieval” faith symbols. Yes, medieval, even though there is evidence that our Lady was evoked in the third century. Johnson thinks it is time now to remove such titles as “Mother of mercy” from Mary and give them back to God — “She Who Is,” according to Johnson — and to “reclaim” Mary with “new liberating interpretations.” From now on, God will have “her own maternal face,” and Mary will be demoted to the level of other women. Accordingly, Johnson depicts Mary as a Galilean drudge and outcast lacking all supernatural privileges, but who is now “truly our sister” because she is no longer honored above other women. What is this but a tirade against our Lady!

For Johnson, humility is Mary’s first rock of offense. According to Johnson, patriarchal men invented the “official portrait” of the Virgin Mary as a strategy to disparage and control other women. They made Mary unique in her privileges so she could serve as a model of subservience for them. But today women find it “intolerable” to be offered such an example of self-sacrifice and obedience to the will of God — a problem only made worse “by the thoroughly masculine character of the deity,” since “God is envisioned as male, and she obeys him” and Jesus “is Messiah and she is oriented to him.”

newoxfordreview.org/reviews.jsp?did=0105-gardiner


#2

Another pantheistic American nun who wears earrings. Like we don’t have enough already. They see a patriarchal conspiracy under every bush.


#3

As these radical people’s share in the market diminishes (so to speak) as it has been for years, expect the few holdouts to become more and more shrill.

Scott


#4

[quote=Scott Waddell]As these radical people’s share in the market diminishes (so to speak) as it has been for years, expect the few holdouts to become more and more shrill.

Scott
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Predictably America has published a pro-Johnson review by another feminist nun and pseudo-theologian Nancy Hawkins IHM.

americamagazine.org/BookReview.cfm?textID=3014&articletypeid=31&issueID=436

What is amazing is that as they get shriller they also get less relevant. They are like wounded animals that see their life slipping away from them and lash out in hysterical anger in the hope that they can yet buy time to win. I am especially reminded of The Battle of the Bulge in which Hitler squandered his final divisions in a mad hope that he could break America’s will to continue the war and thus pull victory from defeat. Inevitable he only hastened his defeat.

These people are reduced to dialogueing with their own kind in a vain attempt to shore up their self-image. It will be lapped up by the feminists in the orders and in the secular media but will have minimal impact on Catholics.


#5

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