Catholic feminist sees beauty of marriage and pitfalls of ‘gospel of me’

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October 7, 2015

Keynote speaker Helen Alvare speaks Sept. 24 at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. Alvare, a law professor at George Mason University in Arlington, Va., who  spoke on the topic "Creating the Future: the Fertility of Christian Love," is an expert on marriage and life issues. (CNS photo/Sarah Webb, CatholicPhilly.com) See ALVARE-MARRIAGE Oct. 7, 2015.

Keynote speaker Helen Alvare speaks Sept. 24 at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. Alvare, a law professor at George Mason University in Arlington, Va., who spoke on the topic “Creating the Future: the Fertility of Christian Love,” is an expert on marriage and life issues. (CNS photo/Sarah Webb, CatholicPhilly.com)

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — Helen Alvare is a law professor at George Mason University, a consultant to the Vatican and the U.S. bishops about marriage and life issues, and has been a recognized defender of Catholic teaching on marriage and the family for many years. She also is a wife and mother.

But being an expert on such issues wasn’t always the case for her.

She remembers at age 10 or so — in a conversation with her own mother, who in college had been first in her class and an accomplished musician — exclaiming, “Wow! You could have been something,” not yet appreciating her mother really was something — she was a loving wife and parent.

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