Elise Crapuchettes wrote a book called “Popes and Feminists: How the Reformation Frees Women From Feminism.” This book was written from a general “conservative” perspective in which the concepts that make up modern-day Feminism are thought to be demeaning, limiting, condescending, out of touch and contradictory to the plight of women.
A woman who works for The Federalist, Luma Simms, wrote an article critiquing Crapuchettes’s book. Simms also has a “conservative” perspective. She cherishes marriage and having children. However, she believes that it is not wrong to not choose marriage, and criticized Crapuchettes for implying and/or saying that any path other than marriage is wrong. Simms also criticized Crapuchettes’s book for being poorly researched, biased toward Protestantism and anti-Catholic.
Looking at today’s Feminism as a negative social force, Crapuchettes—in her book—says that the Catholic church’s stance on women and marriage is on par with today’s Feminism, and therefore “just as bad.” She says that people should definitely get married, and that by providing a socially acceptable option of opting out of married life by being a nun, the Catholic faith runs parallel to modern Feminist ideas where it is okay for women to elude marriage and traditional family life. Crapuchettes also says that, like Feminism, Catholicism belittles marriage and family life by saying that pursuing religious life as a nun is more important.
Craphuchettes is totally missing the point. First off, in the Bible, St. Paul wrote that it is okay for both men and women to not get married—so long as they can control themselves and are not overly promiscuous. St. Paul, himself, as well as many other unmarried men and women, have contributed to the rich heritage and knowledge of Christianity—as well as to Western society.
Secondly, Craphucettes emphasized that married life is belittled by the Catholic Church when comparing it to married life. Throughout the history of Christianity, there have been times when the general culture was more in favor of married life, as well as times when the general consensus was more in favor of celibate, religious life. Throughout the years, the focus on which is more important has went back and forth. However, the Catholic Church has promoted both.
Protestants seemed to have cherry picked what they think is acceptable. What Protestants think is acceptable is up for debate. Crapuchettes quotes a monk who said that a person who has been married numerous times is more valuable than a monk or nun. This is highly debatable.