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Recapturing feminism

We’re all called to evangelize by virtue of our baptism, but what’s the most effective way to do that? We’re just wrapping up the Christmas season in the Church. The world has long forgotten that season by now, with many a neighbor throwing out the tree just hours after Christmas dinner — or sooner. And if you haven’t seen them already, look around and no doubt you’ll spot advertisements for Valentine’s Day. You may even notice heart-shaped candy boxes, not to mention rows of Valentine’s cards lining the shelves. The world is moving on, kicking God to the curb, along with those discarded Christmas trees at an ever increasingly fast pace. So, what is a concerned Christian who takes his or her role in evangelization seriously to do?

Ironically, the craziness occurring in our culture, which spiked last fall and is continuing as we begin a new year, actually is handing us one opportunity after another to bring God into the conversation. Whether folks realize it, Church teachings, especially in the areas of the dignity of women and the overall issue of sexuality, are being reaffirmed practically daily.

One example is a feature story that made headlines in mid-December. It was the annual choice of Merriam-Webster’s word of the year. The word for 2017 was “feminism.” According to their statistics, it was the most looked-up word in their online dictionary and generated 70 percent more searches from the previous year. It spiked last January after the Women’s March on Washington and again about a month later when Kellyanne Conway, a Catholic, pro-life activist and adviser to President Trump, said she had a hard time calling herself a feminist because of what the word had come to mean and to represent: only those women who supported abortion on demand as well as other issues contrary to Catholic teaching.

Given all the discussion based on what feminism is and isn’t, and all the concern generated through the #metoo campaign stemming from the ever-growing list of famous men accused of sexual misconduct against women, why not start a buzz about what the Church has identified as “new feminism,” which is really true feminism at its best?

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