As I was catching up with the news this week, I came across this account of the police officer--the female police officer who stopped the rampage at Fort Hood in Texas.And then I read this story of Cardinal Rode admitting that the reason he's launching an investigation of women's religious orders is that he wants to combat "a feminist spirit."What is "feminism"? The term is notoriously contested.Is this police officer a self-identified "feminist"--I don't know. I do know that she has managed to make good, and full, use of the gifts that God gave her--to protect those more vulnerable than she. And I know that anyone, male or female, who puts their life on the line to save other people is a hero.Will it still be possible to raise girls--women--in the Church who admire that police officer for living out her own unique vocation as a woman -even if it isn't theirs?

Cathleen Kaveny is the Darald and Juliet Libby Professor in the Theology Department and Law School at Boston College.

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