E.E. Green, S. Segoloni Ruta, S. Zorzi
Elizabeth E. Green lives in Cagliari and carries out the pastoral ministry at the Christian Italian Baptist Union. She is a member of the Italian Women Theologians Coordination. Simona Segoloni Ruta is a layman (Perugia Diocese), and permanent teacher of Systematic Theology at the Assisi Theological Institute. She fully devotes to her formative activity and is the author of numerous articles and publications on the subjects: women, men, Mariology and Council reception. She is a member of the B...
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Pope Francis' Encyclical "All Brothers" deals with a plurality of topics in which the word "brothers", although meant to be inclusive of all, lends itself all too easily to the exclusion of many. There is, in fact, an important silence concerning women.
"Sorority" is not simply the equivalent and feminine parallel of fraternity. It is a word for breaking with a presumed "neutral and universal" world which actually is only masculine. Although overlooked in the ecclesial tradition, the rigid male-female gender binarism is something else altogether than being evenly witnessed in traditional spirituality and theology,
Bringing the "sisters" to light even though in language only would mean influencing the patriarchal conception of relational and symbolic power relations between the sexes, where the feminine is defined and recognized only and exclusively by subtraction.
It is necessary to overcome - with truth and mercy - what divides us and keep alive "a fundamental sense of belonging", bearing in mind that conditions of injustice prevent peace.