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Alumna Mary Henold discusses women and Church doctrine

UDM alumna and Catholic historian Mary Henold

UDM alumna and Catholic historian Mary Henold ’96, returned to her alma mater on September 24 to discuss the challenges of Catholic feminism during the era of Vatican II. Her talk “Reconciling Faith and Feminism: How Catholic Feminists Answered the ‘Woman Question,’ 1963-1970,” pondered whether women can be Catholic and feminist. She argued that Catholic feminism had its roots solidly in the Catholic tradition. Henold also commented on the recent Vatican Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the collaboration of men and women in the Church and in the world. Henold, who earned a BA in History and English with a certificate in Women's Studies at UDM, currently works at Valparaiso University where she serves as a lecturer in humanities and history. The talk was sponsored by UDM’s Women’s Studies Program, History Department, Religious Studies Department and the College of Liberal Arts and Education Alumni Council.