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Sophia’s Gazette No. 8,  15 April, 2021: Feminist resistance to the theologies of the cross

During Holy Week and Easter, we dedicate the eighth issue of the Sophia Gazette to highlighting feminist resistance to theologies that victimize and violate women and girls with supposed moral or spiritual values necessary to achieve redemption. These teachings, from early childhood, have imposed a rigid pattern that requires women to endure, resign themselves and sacrifice in situations that violate their human rights to live a life free of violence.
Each and every one of us have heard phrases like “carry the cross” to suffer as Jesus did or “live in a valley of tears” to later reach fullness. Delving into these theologies, we want to share with you some other slogans attributed to saints and other personalities of the church that in contexts such as the reference page indicates, it seems that it is the path proposed and desired by Jesus or by God himself:
– Almost all of them come to me for the relief of the cross; there are very few who approach me to
teach them to wear it. –San Pio of Pietrelcina
– When we walk without the cross, when we build without the cross and when we confess a Christ
without the cross … we are not disciples of the Lord: we are worldly; we are bishops, priests, cardinals,
popes, but not disciples of the Lord. –S.S. Francisco
– When you receive a strong blow, a cross, you should not rush. On the contrary, with a happy face, you
should give thanks to the Lord. –Saint Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer
– It is on the cross that union with Christ our Good is most achieved. In the cross is life and consolation.
The cross is the way to heaven. The Lord is on the cross. –Santa Teresa de Ávila
– Outside of the cross there is no other ladder to go up to heaven. –Santa Rosa de Lima
– The cross of Christ, embraced with love, never leads to sadness, but to joy, to the joy of being saved.
–SS Francisco (March 24, 2013)
– The cross that Christ invites us to accept is not the one that we have sought for ourselves, but the one
that He, although we do not understand why, has allowed it to fall on us. –P. Santiago Martin
– The cross is the flag of the elect. We will not separate from it and we will sing victory in every battle.
–San Pio of Pietrelcina
Certainly, these theologies have marked our existence by allowing the most terrible injustices, as seen in the parallelism between the pink crosses of the femicides in the Cotton Field of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and the death of Jesus on the cross; that far from being heroic acts were and continue to be unjust and bloody deaths. It is essential to apply critical feminist hermeneutics and intersectional analysis to help dismantle affirmations, symbols, objects, sacraments, rituals, dogmas, catechesis, theologies, texts and homilies that favor the interiorization and exaltation of the sacrificial aspect as a
sine qua non condition to achieve Salvation.
For this reason, the eighth Gazette of In the footsteps of Sophia, dedicates this issue to making such violence visible, through dialogues and interviews carried out by the Editorial Commission, to contextualize the crosses that continue to be imposed on women and girls, theologies that have been crucified and they crucify hundreds of people daily for their sexuality, race, gender, class, ethnicity or ideology.
In this same sense, during Holy Week, the followers of social networks were invited to participate in the call to rethink and re-imagine feminist resistance to the theologies of the cross, which are expressed in this issue.
We invite you to read La Gaceta (https://www.traslashuellasdesophia.com/so/acNY_O9AI?languageTag=en#/main) and leave us your opinion about it.

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