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Long Illness Leads to Rosemary Radford Ruether’s Death at 85


Feminist and liberation theologian Rosemary Radford Ruether passed away on May 21, 2022, at 85. Rosemary Radford Ruether‘s cause of death was probably related to her longtime illness.

Theologian Mary Hunt, Ruether’s long-time friend, and colleague announced the heartbreaking news on behalf of the family. “Dr. Ruether was scholar-activist par excellence. She was respected and beloved by students, colleagues, and collaborators around the world,” Hunt said in an email announcement.

“Her legacy, both intellectual and personal, is rich beyond imagining. The scope and depth of her work and the witness of her life as a committed feminist justice-seeker will shine forever with a luster that time will only enhance,” Hunt, codirector and cofounder of the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual said.

Rosemary Radford Ruether passed away at 85.

Rosemary Radford Ruether was born on November 2, 1936, in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She was best known for her significant contributions to the field of feminist theology.

She was considered one of the major Christian feminist theologians of her time. Her field of knowledge and writing was extended, with subjects ranging from feminist theology and also ecofeminist theology to topics such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and antisemitism.

Ruether was an advocate of women’s ordination. It is a movement among Catholic religious persons who affirm females’ capacity to serve as priests, despite official sanctions. Since 1985 she worked as a board member for the pro-choice group Catholics for Choice.

The news came out the same day that Goalkeeper Marco Cornez’s death news was released. He passed away on May 21, 2022, after battling intense stage IV stomach cancer with spinal metastases.

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What’s Rosemary Radford Ruether‘s Cause of Death?

Ruether passed away Saturday in Pomona, California at the age of 85, according to theologian Mary Hunt. Rosemary Radford Ruether‘s cause of death was not exactly clarified but it is said she died after a long illness.

During the 1960s, Ruether participated in civil rights activism in Mississippi and Washington, DC. Rosemary worked for the Delta Ministry in Mississippi where she was exposed to the struggles of African American communities and the realities of racism.

Ruether became immersed in black liberation theology literature during her time at the Howard University, School of Religion. She also dedicated her time to the peace movement in Washington, DC.

American feminist scholar and Catholic theologian Rosemary Radford Ruether died.

The activist often went to jail with other radical Protestants and Catholics because of marches and demonstrations. Despite her radicalism, she remained in the Catholic Church alongside other religious activists.

Rosemary’s first book, The Church Against Itself, criticizes the doctrine of the church as well as the church’s views of sexuality and reproduction.

She tied the knot with political scientist Herman Ruether. The two studied their separate interests alongside each other after the marriage during her last year of college. They shared three children and lived in California.

In 2002, she reflected on her long career at a Harvard Divinity School lecture on the feminist movement and religion. “In 1968 I wrote and gave my first major essay on sexism, which was called ‘Male Chauvinist Theology and Women’s Anger.’ I thought it was a playful title,” Ruether said.

“So I was a bit surprised at how galvanized and frightened white men were by the term ‘wrath of women,” she added.

In 1977, she became an associate of the Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press. WIFP is an American nonprofit publishing organization. The institute works to increase communication between women and also connect the public with forms of women-based media.

She received an honorary doctorate on January 22, 2000, from the Faculty of Theology at Uppsala University, Sweden. Ruether received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Whittier College In 2012.

Her work has been influential in the field of feminist theology, influencing scholars such as Pauli Murray and Beverly Wildung Harrison.

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