- Paperback: 155 pages
- Publisher: Servant (May 8, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0867167688
- ISBN-13: 978-0867167689
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
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The Authentic Catholic Woman Paperback – May 8, 2006
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Genevieve Kineke provides a profound yet clear exposition of the authentic femininity of the church as the paradigm for Catholic women today. This book will nourish every disciple. --Fr. Roger Landry, executive editor, The Anchor, Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts
gloriously faithful to the magisterium and the teaching of John Paul II. I earnestly recommend this book to cheer and encourage you. --Thomas Howard, author, On Being Catholic
…gloriously faithful to the magisterium and the teaching of John Paul II. I earnestly recommend this book to cheer and encourage you. --Thomas Howard, author, On Being Catholic
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The writing is somewhat uneven. The chapter on "The Bride in the New Testament" was very awkward and hard to follow. It didn't seem to flow well within the book. But some of the other chapters were superb. Her insights on "The Church as the Builder of Culture" and how the domestic church images this was very interesting and sensitive.
You are a feminine apostle- a vocation that has a startling richness and is distinct from both masculine apostles and false, weaker visions of womanhood. Through the true understanding of how women makes a gift of herself to the created world, you can transform your faith and the lives of all those in your path...If we are faithful to our femininity, we can do what God asks of us and rebuild a civilization of love and life.
Christian culture must take the theological and philosophical truths that we believe and enflesh them, so that the immortal and invisible God is incarnate in daily life. What we celebrate, how we worship, and the choices we make are all key to the culture that will emerge- for better or worse.
In this book, the author takes you through the sacraments and teaches how they, as well as the Church, are our model for authentic Catholic womanhood, as well as how they relate to our womanhood. There were so many connections between each and every thing, it was a beautiful thing to read about.
So for the author the authentic Catholic woman, and thus the true woman (since she accepts authentic Catholicism as true), is an image of the Church. She picks up that ball and runs with it, or whatever the feminine equivalent of that operation may be. She actually does so quite successfully. The comparison of the Church with a woman is not just a conceit, but an analogy that has been found fruitful and illuminating throughout Christian history and before that among the Jews, with the Song of Songs and the personification of Jerusalem as a woman leading the way.
So she's got a lot to draw on. She uses her materials to treat the ordinary tasks women take on, from scrubbing floors to feeding children to making nice with difficult people, as a type of the actions of the Church, and so raises them to a dignity denied by the hedonistic rationalism dominant today. Going beyond that she points to a grand role for woman as woman in the scheme of things: woman as sustainer, reconciler, teacher, source of culture and civilizational rebirth.
She goes through the issues in some detail, with good sense as well as piety. Most men are somewhat alarmed by inspirational books with pink flowers on the cover written by women for women. They expect something soppy. She rises above that and has written a book that actually seems quite thoughtful and practical. Whether it actually works for women they'll have to decide themselves. She's perfectly aware of the pitfalls of feminine attempts at selfless love--the fears, the hidden motives, the lapses, the likelihood of burnout, ingratitude and resentment--but argues that identifying what one does with something much larger and more authoritative changes the situation so that actions becomes less a personal assertion and so are less troubled by such issues.
In general, I'd describe her as an intelligent and practically-grounded JP II Catholic. She cites the late Pope's theology of the body a great deal, and doesn't much draw much on pre-Vatican II materials except the Bible and a couple of saints like Edith Stein. It's worth noting that she has no objection to male authority--if what women do has great intrinsic dignity it becomes less of a threat--and thereby deviates somewhat from the emphasis of most Church pronouncements in recent years.
The book's a good effort. People don't create themselves, so there has to be something that tells women (like men) what they are. It would be nice if that thing justified and gave dignity to the things women do, like looking after babies, that don't tie in to the life of economic production and consumption. Mrs. Kineke's discussion does so in a way that makes sense at least for Catholics. (Whether Catholicism makes sense is of course another discussion. I think it does.) It's hard to think of anything that would work better. A theory of Woman should have enough specificity to offer guidance but enough depth and diversity to avoid oppressiveness and remain applicable to women in very different situations. Reasoning by analogy to something large, public, long-lasting, diverse and nonetheless authoritative seems a better way to go than most. And by good fortune something like that is available to the author: the Church.
Many people of course won't approve for one reason or another. To liberals who find the whole project sexist and obscurantist I'd say to come back when they come up with a way of life that people will actually find rewarding in the long run. To captious anti-Vatican II trads, I'd say that she may cite Lumen Gentium and George Weigel, but it's what you do with your materials that counts, and I think she does very well indeed.