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COLUMN LEFT/ FRANCES KISSLING For Catholics, It's 'Happy Martyrs' Day' : The beatification of two women who sacrificed for their children sends the message that submissiveness is what counts. May 08, 1994 | FRANCES KISSLING | Frances Kissling is president of Catholics for a Free Choice, based in Washington. As a feminist critic of the Vatican, I have at times harbored secret doubts that I am too hard on the leaders of my church, too hackneyed in my charges that hatred of women and fear of sexuality are at the root of Vatican positions on birth control and abortion. Could it not be true, as these male leaders now frequently claim, that they are genuinely motivated by respect for all life? Events of the past few weeks have silenced my misgivings: Misogyny is alive and well at the Vatican; women's lives still rank at the bottom when it comes to respect, much less value. On April 24, Pope John Paul II crowned this year's Vatican campaign to articulate a so-called traditional vision of family and women's roles therein by beatifying two women who would serve as "models of Christian perfection." Beatification, a status high on the ladder to sainthood, signals the Vatican's approbation of the honored one's life--or death. "We wish," said the Pope, "to pay homage to all those courageous mothers who
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