“A Smaller and More Ardent Church”
That the Catholic Church continues to shrink should come as a surprise to no one. But I can’t help but think, didn’t they see this coming?
In 1971, Catholic theologian and self-proclaimed “radical lesbian feminist” Mary Daly stated, somewhat prophetically, that,
“The women’s movement will present a growing threat to patriarchal religion less by attacking than by simply leaving it behind.”
Although she was fired from her teaching position at Boston College due to her politics and her refusal to let men into her classes, and although she is still considered by many Catholic academics to be a radical, forty-four years later it kind of seems like she hit the nail on the head. As society has changed for women, and changed in general, the Catholic Church has not budged. Instead of staying in it and fighting for change, many have simply left it behind. The Catholic Church has lost the position it once had in the lives of Americans.