Women, Sex, and the Church
Women, Sex, and the Church

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"If American women drafted a list of their burning questions on the subject of modern women and the Catholic Church, it would mirror this book's table of contents."
Helen Alvaré, J.D. Associate Professor of Law George Mason University School of Law

About this Book:

"The women who write in this volume challenge the common misconception that the Catholic Church's teachings are anti-women and anti-sex. Rather, these women believe that it is precisely the Church's controversial teachings on abortion, sex, marriage, and contraception that bespeak the Church's love of women-and reverence for sex. Recent empirical evidence reveals just how harmful breaking from these teachings has been for women, their children, and our culture over the past few decades. Indeed, the women who write these chapters argue that contrary to popular belief, following Church teachings on sex and marriage, in spite of the sometimes arduous difficulty of doing so, actually helps women to flourish-physically, emotionally, relationally, and socially."
From the Introduction

Topics include:

Authentic Freedom and Equality in Difference
The Uniqueness of Woman: Church Teaching on Abortion
The Fullness of Sexuality: Church Teaching on Premarital Sex
The Liberation of Lifelong Love: Church Teaching on Marriage,
The Gift of Female Fertility: Church Teaching on Contraception
The Church's Best Kept Secret: Church Teaching on Infertility Treatment
Embodied Ecclesiology: Church Teaching on the Priesthood
Dueling Vocations: Managing the Tensions Beween Our Private and Public Callings
Reflecions on the Kinship Between Catholic Sexual and Social Teaching.

"All women of faith possess a distinctively feminine mission of cultural renewal: to reveal to the world the way of attentive, humanizing, self-giving love."
Erika Bachiochi, editor

Features & Benefits:

  • Includes contributions from eight different women of various backgrounds and professions
  • Ideal for those who wish to strengthen their knowledge of Catholic social teaching in order to support the Church

About the Editor:

Erika Bachiochi, JD, ThM holds a JD from Boston University School of Law (2002) and an MA in Theology from Boston College (1999), where she was a Bradley Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Religion and Politics. She obtained her undergraduate degree magna cum laude at Middlebury College (1997), where she majored in political science, minored in sociology, and took enough credits to fulfill a minor in women's studies. In 2004, Ms. Bachiochi published The Cost of "Choice": Women Evaluate the Impact of Abortion. Bachiochi has recently published Embodied Equality: Debunking Equal Protection Arguments for Abortion Rights (Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, 2010) and Women, Sexual Asymmetry & Catholic Teaching (Christian Bioethics, Oxford University, 2013). She lectures at colleges, universities, and law schools on feminism, the family, abortion, and the Church and keynotes various conferences and retreats for Catholic women. She lives outside Boston with her husband, Dan, and their six children.

About the Contributors:

Sister Sara Butler, MSBT, STL, PhD is a professor at St. Mary of the Lake University, serves as a consultant to the US Bishops' Committee on Doctrine, is a long-standing member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, and is the author of The Catholic Priesthood and Women: A Guide to the Teaching of the Church (Hillenbrand, 2007). Sr. Sara currently serves as a consultant to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.

Dr. Paul Carpentier, MD, CFCMC practices general medicine and obstetrics at Heywood Hospital in Gardner, Massachusetts and is a part-time faculty member and graduate of the Natural Family Planning Medical Consultant Program of the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction.

Katie Elrod, MA is the Chair of the Theology Department and Head of Curricular Development at Montrose School in Medfield, Massachusetts and has spoken extensively on natural fertility treatment.

Angela Franks, PhD serves as the director of the Theology Programs at the Theological Institute for the New Evangelization (St. John's Seminary, Boston), is a nationally recognized speaker, and is the author of Margaret Sanger's Eugenic Legacy: The Control of Female Fertility (McFarland, 2005).

Laura L. Garcia, PhDis currently a Scholar in Residence at Boston College and is a prolific author and speaker in the fields of philosophy of religion and the nature of the human person.

Cassandra Hough founded the Love & Fidelity Network, an organization that helps college students defend marriage, family life, and sexual integrity amid a "hookup culture." Her work has been featured by numerous publications and shows.

Jennifer Roback Morse, PhD is the founder and president of the Ruth Institute, which promotes marriage as a lifelong commitment. She is the author of Love and Economics: It Takes a Family to Raise a Village (Ruth Institute Books, 2008) and Smart Sex: Finding Life-Long Love in a Hook-Up World (Ruth Institute Books, 2005).

Elizabeth R. Schiltz, JD serves as the co-director of the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy, is a co-founder and professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, and speaks and writes about Catholic feminism and bioethics.

What Are People Saying about this Title?

This book takes on both the thorniest dilemmas and the best kept secrets of the Catholic Church's teachings concerning women, with thoroughness, intelligence, and honesty."
Helen Alvaré, J.D., Associate Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law

"...a tour de force-highly recommended."
Kimberly Hahn, Author of Life-Giving Love: Embracing God's Beautiful Design for Marriage

"It should be required reading for every son, brother, fiancée, husband, father, seminarian, and priest. These women know something about life, and in listening to them you come away wanting to become a better man."
Rev. Paul McNellis, S.J., Boston College

"As a highly readable, provocative exposition of the case for the Church's vision of sex, marriage, and sexual difference, it could not be more timely."
Mary Shivanandan, Ph.D., Professor of Theology, John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at The Catholic University of America

"A remarkable work, and a great read." Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D., Director of Education, The National Catholic Bioethics Center

"...a provocative exposition of the case for the Church's vision of sex, marriage, and sexual difference, it could not be more timely."
Mary Shivanandan, Professor of Theology, JPII Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family

Product Details:

Binding: Paperback
Category: Sexuality/Women's Issues
Trim size: 6" x 9 1/4"
Pages: 272

Keywords:Women, sex and the church - Women, sex, and church - Women sex and the church - 1wom

Susan says...
This collection is a probing, convincing case for Catholic sexual and social teaching- very much pro-woman as it claims. This is a must read for Catholics who think that the Churchs teachings on sexuality are too rigid, or out of touch with reality. The realities of not following the virtue of chastity are vividly drawn with the research noted on each page. At the same time it is a positive and affirming message, giving understanding and hope for the future of the "new evangelization" talked about by John Paul II. Im going to get as many people as I can to read and share it.
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