The Tablet's support for Glendon is surprising, as she is a frequent spokesperson for the Vatican party line on feminism (she's against it), gay rights and obviously most reproductive health measures.
Glendon's understanding of feminism is certainly one-sided. She described 1970s feminism as "an anomaly ... a puzzling combination of two things that don't ordinarily go together: anger against men and promiscuity; man-hating and man-chasing." And she turned most people's understanding of reality on its head when she described the Catholic church as "one of the world's most energetic champions of the freedom and dignity of women."
Glendon has been one of the leading legal experts for gay-marriage opponents in the Massachusetts legislature.
At the UN conference on women, Glendon unequivocally condemned the use of condoms, even to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. A delegation statement that she presented noted, "The Holy See in no way endorses contraception or the use of condoms, either as a family planning measure or in HIV/AIDS prevention programs."
It appears that the Catholic League had second thoughts about its press release on the Deal Hudson scandal, which demeaned the troubled young woman who Hudson sexually abused. (See full story above.) League president Bill Donohue described the abuse as a "sexual harassment charge against Deal Hudson-one that was made almost a decade ago by a drunken female he met in a bar." Shortly after it came out, the League's release suddenly disappeared from its website without comment. At press time, its whereabouts is unknown. As Charlotte Hays put it on Beliefnet.com, "One thing you've got to say about the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights: It'll never be known as the Catholic League for Chivalry toward Women."
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|Title Annotation:||In Catholic Circles; Mary Ann Glendon|
|Date:||Dec 22, 2004|
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