Catholic Social Science Review

Volume 5, 2000

Patricia Donohue-White
Pages 37-44

The "Feminist Pope"? Women and the Family in the Social Thought of John Paul II

The thought of John Paul II on women and the family is consistent with the tradition of relational feminism. Often overlooked in discussions of his thinking are themes that reflect this tradition: participation of women in public life; affirmation of the distinctive capacities and contributions of women; interdependence and solidarity of men and women; and, the need for social and economic practices that will enable women and men to participate in public life while protecting and promoting the good of families.