Thank you, Mary Daly. When I first read you as a young Catholic you shocked and scandalized me. But then, you gave me permission to question. Finally, you inspire and will continue to inspire me. Rest in Be-ing.
I wrote the above quickly, and realize that I did not choose my words carefully. I want to be very clear that although Mary Daly is an inspiring figure for me, I am emphatically not in agreement with all that she wrote (Sady’s post at Feministe describes much better than I could the conflicted feelings that will continue to arise from Daly’s words and actions). My gratitude stems from the difficult work she did as a feminist theologian in a Catholic institution. The battles she fought made it easier for women like me to not only study theology, but to create new theologies of our own, ones not dictated and forced on us by the Catholic hierarchy.