Archive for November, 2013

Thanksgiving: Gratitude Directed to the Void

If you are a user of Facebook, you can’t miss the Thanksgiving–related posts that likely populate your newsfeed. It has become a trend to post each day of November, specifying daily something for which you are thankful. Friends express gratitude for their families, for their health, for their jobs, and yes, even for the hardships they’ve endured. This exercise reminds me to recall all of the things for which I am grateful, but it also...

American Women, Catholic Teaching, and the Culture Wars

This is the fifth in a series of articles on the dignity and vocation of women, published in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s encyclical Mulieris Dignitatem. Read Part I here, Part II here, Part III here, and Part IV here.

The twenty fifth anniversary of the Apostolic Letter on the Dignity and Vocation of women (Mulieris Dignitatem) is upon...

You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You

“You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You,” is a popular song composed in 1944 by Larry Stork. The lyrics were supplied by the team of James Cavanaugh and Russ Morgan. Although it has been performed by innumerable artists, including Louis Armstrong and George Burns, the renditions by those quintessential crooners, Frank Sinatra in 1961 and Dean Martin in 1964, were by far the most successful. Contemporary singers, such as Michael Buble, keep the song ringing in the...

New Feminism & Motherhood Since Mulieris Dignitatem: Gains Made & Challenges Ahead

This is the fourth in a series of articles on the dignity and vocation of women, published in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s encyclical Mulieris Dignitatem. Read Part I here, Part II here, Part III here, and Part V here.

When I tell people that I have studied at a seminary and am writing my doctoral dissertation on “the new feminism,”...

The New Chinese One Child Policy is More of the Same

Headlines have excitedly proclaimed that China is ending its one-child policy. The New York Times writes: “China to Ease Longtime Policy of 1-Child Limit”. The British tabloid The Independent announces: “Great leap forward: China loosens notorious one-child policy which prevented up to 400m births to bankroll ageing population”. The Telegraph dramatically declares: “China to ditch its one-child policy as ageing crisis looms”. Additionally, Fox News predicts...

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Kerri Lenartowick

Kerri Lenartowick currently lives in Rome where she is pursuing her doctorate in Theology at the Pontifical Lateran University and working for Catholic News Agency/EWTN News. She obtained her S.T.L. and S.T.B. degrees from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit MI, and her M.A. and B.A. in Theology from Ave Maria University and the University of Dallas, respectively. Over the years, she has worked for various aspects of the...

Motherhood and a New Sort of Women’s Movement

This is the third in a series of articles on the dignity and vocation of women, published in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s encyclical Mulieris Dignitatem. Read Part I here, Part II here, Part IV here, and Part V here.

Consider these extraordinary and compelling words of Blessed John Paul II in his 1988 encyclical Mulieris Dignitatem – On the Dignity...

Put on the Armor of God: U.S. Bishops and the HHS Mandate

On November 13, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a “Special Message” at the conclusion of their fall General Assembly. This is not a typical press release, but a statement that carries a certain uniqueness in that these kinds of special messages are issued rarely. The message was passed unanimously. It is a statement that boldly proclaims the unity of our nation’s bishops who stand firm in their resolve to resist the...