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The Handmaid’s Tale – an introduction to our conversation

by Rebecca Bratten Weiss Margaret Atwood’s feminist dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, has been made into a television series, and as many remark that its themes seem especially relevant at this time, I can’t help but wonder: was there ever a time in which the theme of the appropriation of female fertility was not relevant? Is there any respect in which this story

Catholic women discuss studying theology

BEATRICE: I have a question for theologians among us. Has being a theologian contributed to personal spiritual growth and clarity, and let's name it piety, or not? How did it contribute (or not)? SOFIA: Well, I'm a church historian, but I'll admit to doing the odd bit of theology now and again. Has it contributed to my personal spiritual growth, clarity and piety?

Catholic women discuss saints and asceticism

SOPHIE: Hello all! I am doing some research and writing on women saints and blesseds from about the twelfth century to the present and have found a terrific number of them who are celebrated for what we in the 21st century would consider extreme and bizarre penitential practices of self–mortification. Eating next to nothing, drinking pus from the sores of the sick they

Catholic women discuss the treatment of very premature babies

JENNIFER: (a medical doctor): This is a bioethics discussion. In a meeting today we were talking about what might be best practice re very prem babies – does one treat actively or not? In general at 23 weeks a baby IS treated actively and these days survival is good, but at 22 weeks it is much harder to know what is best. There

Catholic women discuss Ignatian spirituality

LAURA: There's a lot of stuff in the media right now about Ignatian Spirituality because of Scorsese's new film Silence. I'm wondering if anyone in the group has ever done a Jesuit retreat or gone through the Exercises? KAREN: I am a Jesuitical trained spiritual director who had to complete the spiritual exercises (either 30 day or 19th annotation) before I could receive

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