I first met Erika Bachiochi—then Erika Schubert—in July 1998, when she was my student in the Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society in Cracow. She had graduated from Middlebury College two years before and was doing a master’s program in theology at Boston College, which she completed in 1999. Erika received her law degree from Boston University in 2002 and has been a visiting scholar at the Harvard Law School. Married and the mother of seven, she is one of the country’s leading exponents of pro-life feminism, and her recent book,
The Rights of Women: Reclaiming a Lost Vision,
has received considerable and well-deserved attention. In her spare [sic] time, she helped found a classical academy, St. Benedict’s, in Natick, Massachusetts, and led its board for two years. In addition to her affiliation with the Abigail Adams Institute, Erika is also my colleague at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.
The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will confer the ministries of catechist, lector, and acolyte upon lay men and