Chicago— With a recent Vatican document that radical feminism is to blame for the breakdown of the family and other societal ills, Joyce Rupp is certain not to go out of business any time soon. In response to what she calls the Catholic Church’s “attitude of domination” that causes “spiritual heartburn” among many Catholic women, Joyce Rupp has inspired a huge following for her books, retreats, and lectures about women’s spirituality.
“ If there are miracles happening in the church today, the central one is that women continue to remain within the church as faith-filled members.” Rupp says. “I am very disappointed that the church has issued the recent document on women, a document written by male celibates who announce in the first line that they are experts on humanity.”
For her significant role as a “midwife” for women’s spirituality, Rupp will receive the U.S. CATHOLIC Award for Furthering the Cause of Women in the Church on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 in Chicago.
Rupp has helped throngs of women—and men—experience the sacred in everyday life, navigate the journey of grief and loss, and find meaning in life’s ups and downs. Among the troubled believers who flock to Rupp to shore up their faith and to seek spiritual growth, Rupp finds what she calls “pockets of hope.”
“When I grow discouraged about our church and world situation, I remember that whatever place and country I have been in, I have found dedicated women gathering faithfully with one another, week after week, month after month, to ponder their relationship with the Holy One,” she says.
Since 1978, the editors of U.S. CATHOLIC magazine have been recognizing important contributions of women in the Catholic Church with the annual U.S. CATHOLIC Award. Joyce Rupp joins a distinguished group of recipients, including Sister Helen Prejean, Sister Dianna Ortiz, the Erie Benedictine Sisters, Diana Hayes, Jeanette Rodriguez-Holguin, the Catholic Theological Society of America, Mary Ann Glendon, Mev Puleo, Sister Elizabeth Johnson, Sister Joan Chittister, Sister Thea Bowman, Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, Rosemary Radford Ruether, and Patricia Crowley.
The 2004 U.S. CATHOLIC Award will be presented to Joyce Rupp at a book signing, reception and short lecture on September 8, 2004 at 5:30 p.m. in Kasbeer Hall, Loyola University in Chicago. Open to the public. U.S. CATHOLIC is published by Claretian Publications, 205 West Monroe Street, Chicago, Illinois 60606. 800-328-6515. http://www.uscatholic.org/