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Dear Auntie Joanna,Your feature on feminist questions in Voices (Eastertide 2011) is brilliant and timely. In the USA, those questions have escalated in the wake of clerical sex abuse scandals throughout March...an abhorrent "March Madness."Although I have never read the philosophical writings of St. Edith Stein, which may be too deep and abstract for me, I am thoroughly enjoying her unfinished autobiography: Life in a Jewish Family. It's Edith in her own words, as opposed to someone telling you what they thought Edith thought. The book covers her childhood and young adult years (1891-1916). I love her book which is so reality-based (no spin). My paperback edition lacks a family tree; so, I made my own version for each generation of the colorful Stein and Courant clan. Her extended family, as described by Edith with her psychological insight and great wit, experienced life to the hilt: business failures and successes; financial worries; feuds; tempestuous arguments; serious illnesses; early deaths; religious doubts; sibling rivalry; gifted children; sisters as best friends; boyfriend troubles; passionate loves; divorces; suicides; talented professional women seeking employment; in-law problems, World War I--it's all there--AND Mama Stein's advice (whether you want it or not!). St. Edith Stein is REAL and the only saint who speaks to me.Sheila A. Waters, Bronxville, NY
I enjoyed your article there. You know it upsets me when people claim the Catholic Church is anti women. The church does so much for women and values them for their very being, not by stripping them of their gender identity as the feminists do but for their fundemental female identity. Hope that made sense, but I think you know what I mean.
hello, i did enjoy your piece on feminism very much; I was also entertained by the assertion at that you frequently "appear" on the radio. God bless, and keep up the good work.Michael Gilhooly Harrogate
And what an excellent article it is! I am the mother of a large family and have hardly ever worked outside the home, yet I have always felt valued by the Church (if not always by some of its members!).
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