"as long as a women is for birth and children, she is different from man as body is from soul. But when she wishes to serve Christ more than the world, then she will ceased to be a woman and will be called a man."
St Jerome, Comm.in Epist. ad Ephes. III
"She who does not believe is a woman and should be designated by the name of her sex, whereas she who believes progresses to perfect manhood, to the measure of the adulthood of Christ. She then dispenses with the name of her sex"Mary Daly quotes this in The Church and the Second Sex (p. 43, Boston, 1968) but I am still looking to verfy this last quote.
Just some random jottings from me as I read and reflect a little further on this - but I cannot help but think about the Stained-Glass ceiling without a topographical reference to the intact Maidenhead so be beloved by the Early Fathers. Does RUth see a connection perhaps?