Teaching About Women, Gender, and American Catholicism


in The Catholic Studies Reader

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780823234103
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240906 | DOI:

Series: Catholic Practice in North America

Teaching About Women, Gender, and American Catholicism

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This chapter reveals how an undergraduate course on the history of American Catholic women provides students with an array of new perspectives from which to view women's experience in the Catholic Church. The course introduces students to forms of gender analysis that illuminate uniquely Catholic phenomena employing methods drawn from a range of fields that support an interdisciplinary practice of Catholic Studies. Topics include sainthood, women religious, family, ethnicity, devotional life, Catholicism, and transformations in the Church and society. The semester ends with a discussion of Catholicism and its relationship to contemporary feminism and anti-feminism. The discussion includes documents mentioned in an earlier discussion of Catholic gender ideology, such as those pertaining to Pope John Paul II and the “new feminism.”.

Keywords: Catholicism; women; gender; Catholic Studies; feminism; anti-feminism; Pope John Paul II; sainthood; ethnicity; family

Chapter.  9027 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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