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Endow: The Remedy to Gender Confusion

Endow, which is an acronym for Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women, calls women together to study important documents of the Catholic Church in small group communities. The apostolate is a response to Pope St. John Paul II’s call, in his 1995 encyclical, Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life), for a “new feminism.”

Here’s his call to action in context:

In transforming culture so that it supports life, women occupy a place, in thought and action, which is unique and decisive. It depends on them to promote a “new feminism” which rejects the temptation of imitating models of “male domination”, in order to acknowledge and affirm the true genius of women in every aspect of the life of society, and overcome all discrimination, violence and exploitation.

Unlike the key players in the first wave feminism of the 19th/early 20th century, who opposed abortion, promoted traditional marriage and motherhood, second (post World War II) and third wave feminists (late 1980s/90s) denied the good of marriage, supported contraception, abortion, promiscuity, and promoted ideologies that proposed gender as distinct from sex and therefore something “fluid” and “socially constructed.”

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