Rev. Meg Stapleton Smith, PhD is a Lecturer in Theology and Ethics at Fordham University and ordained pastor in the Episcopal Church. In June 2022, she defended her dissertation entitled, “Queer Virtue Ethics: Mary Daly’s Challenge to Catholic Sexual Ethics.”
Despite her rejection of Catholicism as irredeemably patriarchal, this essay explores Mary Daly’s complicated relationship with her theological past. Daly offers a vision for “boundary living” — where institutional disaffiliation creates a space for creatively reclaiming and reconstructing the tradition.