Mary Daly, Beyond God the Father (Beacon Press) 1973, 145-146:
"A woman who proposed as her project for a course on 'The Women's Revolution
and Theological Development' an attempt to create a 'Women's Liturgy.' The
problems as they evolved in her consciousness included distrust of anything
rigidly structured; unwillingness to do research on 'liturgies', which would
suggest a mold into which to cast women's experience; dislike of appealing
to the old liturgies of patriarchy for legitimation, since these reek of
Probably the most striking reflection in this woman's journal was that just
as antiracist, antiwar services never really seemed to change the racist
and warlike beliefs fo the participating Christians, so a feminist liturgy
would change nothing, for 'the form was theirs.'
It was the 'form' that counted, no matter what the 'content'...
A 'feminist liturgy' is a contradiction in terms...There is every reason
for women to celebrate our becoming and the discovery of our history, but
in ever new ways, not encrusted in stagnant, repetitious ritual."
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