By Susan A. Ross
The sacraments are a big a part of the Christian historical past and this article attracts on interviews, at the mainstream of sacramental theology and modern feminist thought, to check what can be a feminist sacramental theology. Susan Ross notes that even though girls are nonetheless excluded from so much sacramental management, they're however deeply engaged in sacramental ministry at many degrees. utilizing feminist theories of the relatives, literary-psychoanalytic thought and feminist ethics, Ross explores the function of embodiment, using spousal imagery, the character of the emblem, the relation of sacraments and ethics, and the importance of the sacraments in worship.
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See my entry, "Body," in The New Dictionary of Catholic Spirituality, ed. Michael Downey (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1993) 93-100. 44. See John Mahoney, The Making of Moral Theology: A Study of the Roman Catholic Tradition (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1987), especially 58ff. where he comments on the long shadow that Augustine's Manicheanism has cast on Catholic moral thinking on sexuality. Sacraments and the Need for a Feminist Perspective 37 human control. We become sexually aroused despite our intentions not to; natural forces arise and erupt despite our careful planning.
Thus the "linguistic turn" of the postmodern world has pointed to the human inability to know absolutely. 61 I will argue in this book that feminist theology breaks open many of the strictures and limitations of sacramental theology, while strengthening the essential point that the sacraments are ways in which human beings, in faith, recognize God's extravagant affections for humankind and celebrate them. Drawing on the most basic of human experiences — birth, maturity, 58. See Regis Duffy, "The Sacraments," in Systematic Theology: Roman Catholic Perspectives, ed.
It is grounded in a reverence for the world that is common to all religions, in one form or another, and is crucial to feminist thought, and recently, as well, to ecofeminism. SACRAMENTALITY It has long been acknowledged that sacramentality is a distinguishing dimension of the Catholic tradition. In his book Catholicism) Notre Dame theologian Richard P. McBrien remarks that "a major theological, pastoral, and even aesthetical characteristic of Catholicism is its commitment to the sacramental principle....
Extravagant Affections: A Feminist Sacramental Theology by Susan A. Ross