Friday, December 9, 2016

Future Church is offering a 3-Part Teleconference Series (below) Focusing on Complementarity in the Catholic Church

Article to read before Teleconference 1:

Male and Female, God created them
By Susan A. Ross

Article to read before Teleconference 2:

Joys and Hopes, Griefs and Anxieties: Catholic Women Since Vatican II
by Susan A. Ross

Articles to read before Teleconference 3:

Pope Francis brings nuance to notion of complementarity
By Michael G. Lawler and Todd A. Salzman, May 29, 2015


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Complementarity in the Catholic Church
Can "Equal but Separate" Stand?

Is the principle of complementarity -- that women and men are equal but have distinct and separate roles in the church and in society -- the new Catholic feminism?  Or is it a re-assertion of the ancient practice of subordinating women?  

Join us for this 3-part teleconference series starting in January 2017 to explore this question and more.  

All teleconferences begin at 8:00pm ET.  

Complementarity's "equal but separate" system of thought has had a profound effect on governance in the Catholic Church. Learn what complementarity is, how it came to be, how it functions and how we might reconsider its value in light of the 21st century understandings of human potential and giftedness in our church and world. 

While the spousal relationship is now described in terms of self-gift and mutuality, there is still a power imbalance in this relationship. My point here is that maintaining the primacy of the spousal model serves to support a hierarchical conception of church that works against the very equality and mutuality that the Vatican says is basic to its anthropology (p.113, Extravagant Affections).

While the use of spousal imagery to understand the relationship between Christ and the Church has a long history, complementarity's framework for this relationship as bridegroom and bride is rooted in inequality. That has profound implications for our sacramental life. If not spousal imagery, what imagery might better suit the needs of the church today? Join us for this thought provoking discussion.

To what extent do notions of complementarity run through the writings and teachings of Pope Francis?  Although the language of complementarity can be traced to earlier popes, Pope John Paul II was the master architect of our modern day conception. Learn how recent papal thought and writings have both promoted notions of greater equality for women while qualifying that equality from Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI through the papacy of Francis. 

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