Washington, August 30, 2004 ( – The divide in modern western society between traditional, humanistic anthropology and modernist feminist ideology is becoming more pronounced says the wife of Justice Robert Bork in an interview with Zenit Catholic news agency. Mary Ellen Bork’s credentials as an authority on Catholic womanhood and the value of traditional feminine roles are difficult to discount. She is a writer and lecturer with MA’s in English literature and theology.

The interview was in response to public criticism of the recent Vatican letter on the problems of feminism. The document, titled Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church On the Collaboration of Men and Women in the Church and in the World, was issued with the approval of Pope John Paul II on May 31, 2004. The document says that feminist analysis is “at variance with the authentic advancement of women.” Mrs. Bork is in full agreement.

She says that the insistence of feminists on finding value only in the workplace has denigrated the traditional roles of women and failed to make them happy. “The key to helping women of faith today is to help them to deepen their appreciation of their feminine gifts and their impact on society. Without their gifts the world will be a cold and uncivilized place. Without their specific gifts society will lose its balance because it will lack the cultural environment in which persons thrive best.”  Mrs. Bork is on the Advisory Board of Christendom College, the Newman Society, the Susan B. Anthony List, and the Chesterton Review. She is a member of the Catholic Commission on Intellectual and Cultural Affairs and president of the Downtown Serra Club of Washington, DC.  To read the full interview:

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