Encyclopedia of Catholic Doctrine (Extracts)

[from] The Encyclopedia of Catholic Doctrine Our Sunday Visitor 1997 (Ed. Russell Shaw)

Sexual identity in marriage and family life (The Linacre Quarterly, vol. 61/3 (1994), pp. 75-86)

           "Why can't a woman be more like a man?", complained Henry Higgins in "My Fair Lady". Today he wouldn't be let get away with the remark without some people (not necessarily feminists) retorting: "and why can't a man be more like a woman?" Others might not only reject both complaints, but even question the importance of a man having to be like a man or a woman having to be like a woman. Indeed, if asked, they might be hard put to say what being a man or being a woman properly means, apart from elementary bodily differences.

Woman and the Cardinal Virtue of Prudence

Woman and the Cardinal Virtue of Prudence (FAITH Magazine, July-August, 2013)

[In his continuing series on woman and the cardinal virtues Mgr Burke examines the virtue of prudence and its specific calls upon women to see beyond socially imposed expectations].

General Ideas
Prudence, in modern usage, is not a very highly considered virtue. It suggests a general cautiousness, a reluctance to take risky decisions, a preference for the easy life. As such, prudence seems just one step removed from cowardice, self-concerned calculation or simple laziness.

Woman and the Cardinal Virtue of Justice

Woman and the Cardinal Virtue of Justice (FAITH Magazine, March–April 2013)
[Mgr Burke continues his series of reflections on the cardinal virtues and their place in recovering an authentic understanding of womanhood. The article that follows was originally delivered as a lecture at Strathmore University, Nairobi.]
Justice is the virtue by which we habitually give to each his due: what is owed to him or her. Justice also applies to our relations with the governing authority, or the government with us: what is owed in one direction or another. Most questions of justice arise between individuals; then we have what is termed commutative justice.

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