FoC 103: Feminism and Gender through the Eyes of Church Theology with Dr. Abigail Favale

When we read two fabulous recent pieces by Dr. Abigail Favale on gender, feminism, and Catholic tradition, we knew we HAD to have her on the podcast. We were thrilled that she was willing to come on the show to talk about her journey from evangelical Christian to progressive feminist to faithful Catholic. It is a fascinating discussion!

Dr. Favale is a mother of three young children and the Director of the William Penn Honors Program and Associate Professor of English at George Fox University. Her new book Into the Deep chronicles her compelling conversion story.

In this episode Dr. Favale shares her discovery of rich Catholic teaching on gender, femininity, masculinity, and Theology of the Body. We discuss  Catholic saints like St. Hildegard von Bingen and Pope St. John Paul II whose explorations of these issues impacted her. We also talk about the difficulty of dialoging about these topics due to confused language and simplistic philosophies that ignore the deep, Catholic alternative to both “traditional gender roles” and modern secular feminism.

So grab a cup of tea and get ready to tackle some exciting ideas!

Things we talked about in this episode…

(links to Amazon are affiliate links)

Into the Deep: An Unlikely Catholic Conversion by Abigail Favale

Hildegard of Bingen’s Vital Contribution to the Concept of Women (article for Notre Dame’s Church Life Journal)

Confessions of a Feminist Heretic (article for Notre Dame’s Church Life Journal)

Theology of the Body by Pope St. John Paul II

The Concept of Woman by Sister Prudence Allen

The Eternal Woman by Gertrud von le Fort

Essays on Woman by Edith Stein

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