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How to Eat an Elephant | Catholic Life

How to Eat an Elephant

How do you reconcile feminism with Catholicism?

First you reconcile John Paul II with Catholicism.

You start with the assumption that John Paul II was indeed a real pope (not an anti-pope) and that Benedict XVI (also a real pope) is in the process of declaring him to be a Saint, not merely a saintly person. This will lead to the recognition that John Paul II was not a heretic, and thus you will know that you can reconcile him with the rest of Catholicism, though it may take some time.

Then you take that time.

And when you are done, you will look to the side and see that–by the Great Saint Anne!–you’ve reconciled feminism with Catholicism!

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5 Responses to “How to Eat an Elephant”

  1. Joshua Michael 15. Jun, 2011 at 5:05 pm #


    Also, St. Edith Stein.

  2. Rebecca @ TRH 15. Jun, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

    I need some more dots please (not because I disagree, but because I am learning). Resources will be fine :).

  3. felicemifa 24. Jun, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

    I really wish I could agree with you, and that I could publicly explain why I’ve never felt JPII was on my side. That said, I’m a crazy Catholic feminist.

  4. Rosary 27. Jun, 2011 at 6:32 am #

    Thanks for the list. I’m really interested on the life of John Paul II and his theologies.
    I’ve been influenced by my friend to have this feminist ideology. Let’s see where it takes me after reading these. 😀

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