Mr Lowerre, throughout its history, the Catholic church has given women many accolades.
Mary has the highest veneration, "Mother of God."
"Doctor of the Church:" St. Catherine of Siena told the pope to return to Rome from the Avignon exile and is patroness of the Catholic American Women's Fraternity - Theta Phi Alpha; St. Teresa of Avila for her writings and reform of monasteries; St. Thérèse of Lisieux, patroness of all missionaries, for her Little Way; St. Hildegard, for scientific advances and music for Passion plays.
Canonization, declared a saint: too many women to include - just a few American women follow:
St. Elizabeth Seton, first American born saint, founded the Sisters of Charity, started schools and hospitals in Emmitsburg, Md., Boston, Philadelphia, and New York.
St. Rose Duchesne founded the first free school in St. Louis and free schools, hospitals, and orphanages across Missouri. At 72 she opened Amercan Indian schools in Kansas.
St. Frances Cabrini founded schools, orphanages and hospitals from New York to Chicago, from Seatle to New Orleans.
St. Katherine Drexel complained to the pope that blacks and American Indians needed better care. He told her to found an order. She did - Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indian and Colored People. She founded American Indian missions from South Dakota to New Mexico. She founded five schools in Harlem, industrial schools in Philadelphia and throughout the south. She founded Xavior University in New Orleans. After Brown vs. Board of Education, she opened schools to all students.
Mohawk Indian Kateri Tekakwitha, after escaping persecution, spent her life in prayer and penance for the Mohawk nation. Americans should follow her example.
The legacy of these extraordinary ladies is about to be destroyed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, forcing payment for "contraception." Good Catholics cannot abet others in committing sin, or they sin, too. They will be taxed out of existence, jailed, or both. All that will be left are the proud, disobedient, heretical, habit-less women, whom Pope Benedict chastised for the sake of their immortal souls.