For some useful material on the Vatican’s attacks on (so-called) “gender ideology”, see the special issue on the topic at the on-line journal Religion and Gender, under the title Habemus Gender! The Catholic Church and ‘Gender Ideology’.
Describing itself as “the first online, peer reviewed, international and open access journal for the systematic study of gender and religion in an interdisciplinary perspective”, this issue lives up to the claim with a range of articles from respected writers with differing backgrounds and geographic perspectives. As a South African, I am particularly concerned that some of the harshest rhetoric has come from African hierarchs – and so delighted to note that one of the articles is a specifically African response by Kapya Kaoma.
There is also an important interview with Msgr Krysztof Charamsa, and additional material by writers I am familiar with are by Tina Beattie, Mary Hunt and Mark Jordan – as well as much by others not yet known to me.
All the material is available on-line, by open access. Follow the links in this list of articles for abstracts, and to download a PDF.
Editorial: Unpacking the Sin of Gender (Sarah Bracke ,David Paternotte)
The Role of the Popes in the Invention of Complementarity and the Anathematization of Gender ( Mary Anne Case)
Gender and the Problem of Universals: Catholic Mobilizations and Sexual Democracy in France (Eric Fassin)
Against the Heresy of Immanence: Vatican’s ‘Gender’ as a New Rhetorical Device against the Denaturalisation of the Sexual Order (Sara Garbagnoli)
Sexual Politics and Religious Actors in Argentina ( Mario Pecheny, Daniel Jones, Lucía Ariza)
The Sin of Turning Away from Reality: An Interview with Father Krzysztof Charamsa (David Paternotte,Mary Anne Case, Sarah Bracke)
Gender and Meaning in a Postmodern World: An Elusive Quest for Truth ( Tina Beattie)
Moral Panic and Gender Ideology in Latin America (Gloria Careaga-Pérez)
‘Theologies’ and Contexts in a Latin American perspective (Sonia Corrêa)
Unreal: Catholic Ideology as Epistemological War (Elsa Dorlin)
‘Gender Ideology’: Weak Concepts, Powerful Politics (Agnieszka Graff)
Catholic Gender Denial (Mary Hunt)
Vetera novis augere: Notes on the Rhetoric of Response (Mark Jordan)
The Vatican Anti-Gender Theory and Sexual Politics: An African Response (Kapya Kaoma)
The Vatican and the Birth of Anti-Gender Studies (Elżbieta Korolczuk)
How are Anti-Gender Movements Changing Gender Studies as a Profession? (Andrea Pető)
Gender and the Vatican (Joan W. Scott)
Francis and ‘Gender Ideology’: Heritage, Displacement and Continuities (Juan Marco Vaggione)
Thinking about Goddesses: A Review of Three Recent Books (Carol Christ)
Review of Robin L. Riley, Depicting the veil: Transnational sexism and the war on terror (Linda Duits)
Review of Rebecca Moore, Women in Christian Traditions (Janet Eccles)
Review of Joanna Mishtal, The Politics of Morality. The Church, the State, and Reproductive Rights in Postsocialist Poland (Dominika Gruziel)
Review of Tine Van Osselaer, Patrick Pasture (eds.) Christian Homes. Religion, Family and Domesticity in the 19th and 20th Centuries (Marguerite Van Die)