Feminism, Devotionals Guaranteeing Salvation, and Kanye West

Can Catholics support feminism? Why do some people believe women shouldn’t work outside the home? How do the promises of devotional prayers work—can they guarantee salvation? Should we be embracing the current interest in Christianity due to Kanye West and his album, Jesus is King? Fr. Josh answers this and more in today’s episode.

Snippet from the Show

“Cardinal Ratzinger (who became Pope Benedict XVI) proposes that women who want to stay at home should be able to stay at home, and women who want to work outside of the home, should be able to work outside of the home.”


Glory Story (2:54)

Feedback (4:10)

Feminism (8:35)

Hi Fr. Josh,

I was listening to the Matt Fradd show and the episode was talking about feminism. The episode talks about how feminism cannot be good at all, which I don’t agree with, but the guest speaker talks a lot about how it goes against “natural law” and the “magisterium.” He was saying many statements about the man being the head of the household (which I think I understand this, but not in the way they were explaining it) and women shouldn’t work etc. I was just wondering if you could talk about feminism and what the Church teaches exactly? I do want to clarify I understand feminism today is not all good, with all the “shout your abortion” talk. I am asking more about Catholic feminism, I guess I just don’t understand what the speaker was saying about natural law. How does it go against natural law? Is there any truth to what he was saying? I understand that this question might be complicated especially since you probably didn’t listen to the episode.

Thank you and God bless. 

– Sylvia

Devotionals that Guarantee Salvation (20:47)

Hey Fr. Josh 

I recently found your podcast and I have enjoyed it a lot! I love your little breakout sessions when you start singing! So I have been saying this prayer called “The 12 Year Prayers of St. Bridget of Sweden” for a few years now. I started saying it because of the promises it offers if you say it for 12 years.

  • The soul who prays them will suffer no Purgatory.
  • The soul who prays them will be accepted among the Martyrs as though he had spilled his blood for his faith.
  • The soul who prays them can choose three others whom Jesus will then keep in a state of grace sufficient to become holy.
  • No one in the four successive generations of the soul who prays them will be lost. 
  • The soul who prays them will be made conscious of his death one month in advance.

These are some pretty great promises but I don’t fully understand how you could be saved from Hell if your soul is under mortal sin. So how could a soul with mortal sin be saved by going straight to Heaven (promise one with no Purgatory) and also be accepted as a Martyr? This question goes for the person saying the prayer and to the three people they choose and their four generations. Like there’s a possibility that my great-grandchild could decide to reject the faith. So how could a person who openly rejects the faith still be saved? And how does the Church view these promises? Thanks!

– Regan

Kanye West (23:55)

Hi Father Josh, 

First of all I wanted to say thank you for you podcast, I love listening to it on my way to school! It’s really great to hear something positive and relative to what the Church/ Catholic communities represent from the past to the present. Anyway this may be an odd question, however I’ve been noticing throughout the media that thanks to Kanye West as of right now, more people are interested in the idea of the Church and Christianity. With that in mind, is that something we should be proud our culture is embracing throughout mass media and what are your thoughts on the Jesus is King album?

– Anne


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