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09 November 2013 | by Karen Kilby

Second sex?

Attitudes to gender in Catholicism

The Church has moved on from the days when it viewed women as innately inferior to men yet they still cannot be ordained, let alone achieve high office, in it. So what might a new theology of women look like, given Pope Francis has called for one? A refreshing aspect of Pope Francis’ interviews is his lack of defensiveness and triumphalism – he has no difficulty recognising that there are problems in the Church, or that everything is not already finished in its thinking.His recent suggestion about the need for a more profound theology of women – made more than once, including during his interview with Antonio Spadaro SJ, seems to me to share in this quality: Francis is acknowledging that all is not as it should be in either the Church’s theory or its practice. And


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