Friday, December 17, 2010

What the Catholic Church Does for Women (Intro)

For my Church in Controversy final, due today. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Amen.

"But sanctify the Lord Christ in your hearts, being ready always to satisfy everyone that asks you a reason of that hope which is in you" [1 Pt 3:15].

What the Catholic Church Does for Women
1. What does history indicate? Is the Catholic Church woman’s best friend or her terrible foe? The answer depends on whose standards we follow. Those of us who are called—I do not presume we are also chosen (cf. Mt 22:14)—understand by faith that "we ought to obey God rather than men" (Acts 5:29). Which God? The triune God (1 Jn 5:7), "the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob" (Ex 3:6). Christ our God (Titus 2:13), Who founded the Church upon St. Peter (Mt 16:18-19) and "purchased [it] with His own Blood" (Jn 20:28), told His disciples, "if [a man] will not hear the Church, let him be to you as the heathen and publican" (Mt 18:17). We must "obey [our] prelates and be subject to them" (Heb 13:17), since "he that hears [them] hears [Christ], and he that despises [them] despises Christ" (Lk 10:16). Therefore our standards of what is good for the dignity and flourishing of women shall be those taught by the magisterium of "the Church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth" (1 Tim 3:15).

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