Pope John Paul II called himself a “feminist!” Because the Catholic Church excludes women from ordination to the priesthood we may think the Catholic Church also teaches the permanent subordination of women. This is not the case. Pope John Paul II overturned centuries of exegetical tradition ruling authoritatively that women were not subordinated before the fall and that Christians should oppose discrimination against women in all spheres of life. The way the Pope has prescribed that the scriptures should be read in regard to women is virtually identical to that developed by egalitarian evangelicals. We now have 450 million more supporters!