Many Catholics of today have fallen into the trap of feminism, and don’t even realize it justifying the decisions they make for themselves under the guise of not being “sinful” even if done to the detriment of their families. I’m speaking mainly here in the area of working mothers and wives. As Catholics, we do not take our marching orders from the feminist-dominated and feminist-indulgent society around us, but from the Catholic philosophy granted to us.
So let’s look at Church teaching with respect to women. First from Pope Pius XI’s Casti Connubii (12/31/1930): “11. Thus amongst the blessings of marriage, the child holds the first place. And indeed the Creator of the human race Himself, Who in His goodness wishes to use men as His helpers in the propagation of life, taught this when, instituting marriage in Paradise, He said to our first parents, and through them to all future spouses: "Increase and multiply, and fill the earth." As St. Augustine admirably deduces from the words of the holy Apostle Saint Paul to Timothy  when he says: "The Apostle himself is therefore a witness that marriage is for the sake of generation: 'I wish,' he says, 'young girls to marry.' And, as if someone said to him, 'Why?,' he immediately adds: 'To bear children, to be mothers of families'." (emphasis added)
If that’s not contemporary enough, let’s look at Familiaris Consortio (11/22/1991) from St. John Paul II: ¶22- “God then manifests the dignity of women in the highest form possible, by assuming human flesh from the Virgin Mary, whom the Church honors as the Mother of God, calling her the new Eve and presenting her as the model of redeemed woman.” ¶23-“There is no doubt that the equal dignity and responsibility of men and women fully justifies women's access to public functions. On the other hand the true advancement of women requires that clear recognition be given to the value of their maternal and family role, by comparison with all other public roles and all other professions....While it must be recognized that women have the same right as men to perform various public functions, society must be structured in such a way that wives and mothers are not in practice compelled to work outside the home, and that their families can live and prosper in a dignified way even when they themselves devote their full time to their own family. Furthermore, the mentality which honors women more for their work outside the home than for their work within the family must be overcome.” (emphasis added)
It is quite clear where the Church places Her emphasis as to the primary role of women, and that is as mothers to bear children, of course within the bonds of Holy Matrimony. Of course this philosophy draws the ire of the feminists saying that this reduces women to the level of brood-mares. So apparently feminists in their minds have reduced the human race to mere animals. This is not our Catholic identity. We know that we have an immortal soul. When a child is conceived, a new soul enters the world. This is more powerful than anything any career could produce. But many Catholics day in and day out make decisions and do things for their family contrary to this philosophy.
It starts out with young girls who are indoctrinated as soon as they enter grade school to have a career pursuit. Parents justify this calling it “education” and wanting to “expose” their daughters the possibilities and use their God-given talents, not wanting them to miss out on any “opportunities,” and wanting them to have options “just in case” something happens to have something “to fall back on.” Oh ye of little Faith. Yes we live in a civilized culture, and all of our children need to be genuinely and truly educated. But we also need to give them guidance and direction along with the academics.
What the feminists have to sell is a package deal because once the girl receives her “education” (degree), who would want to squander something with such a high value? And would God want her to squander all of her wonderful talents just being a wife and mother? So she goes to work for money—she can be bought. Her husband is very encouraging to her in doing so because of all of the trinkets and luxuries he’ll receive not to mention how much easier it will make things on him, but he expresses this as “respect” for her abilities and gifts and his admiration for her. Once she is working, having children is an interruption. When and if she has them, she is concerned with returning to work. This causes a great dilemma for the woman whose nature tells her to remain with her child and raise her. So this is where it likely becomes sinful as she will either contracept or use a natural form of postponing pregnancy without due cause. So we see many small Catholic families today who claim that the times require them to live as such. But they have fallen into the trap of feminism.
It’s time to break the cycle and stop the rat race. The Church in Her wisdom gives us guidance to live by. When we follow it, we will have happy and fulfilling lives. When we ignore it, we will have confusion and turmoil. But we have to wake up and realize. It’s been too long that Catholics have been entranced once again by the world. The Church has the fix the bring us out of it.
God bless you+