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Women Sex and Church

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  10 reviews
In this volume, contributors from a variety of backgrounds and professions challenge the common misconception that Catholic teachings are anti-women and anti-sex. They promote that, contrary to popular belief, it is precisely the Church's controversial teachings on abortion, sex, marriage, contraception, and reproductive technologies that illuminate the Church's love of wo ...more
Paperback, 251 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Pauline Books & Media (first published July 26th 2010)
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Michelle Rogers
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Women, Sex and the Church is well written and insightful book on the Catholic Church and her teachings on women and sex. This book is divided into multiple essays which each address a topic on the Church's teachings on femininity and sexuality. Topics addressed include: abortion, premarital sex, marriage, contraception, infertility treatments, the reasoning for an all male priesthood and an essay exploring the role of women both in the private and public settings.

The points made in t
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
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I found this entire collection to be more "this is what radical feminists believe" more than the actual Catholic teachings.

I understand the format: Each essay begins with the apparent worldview on each topic, from reproductive issues (i.e., contraceptives and fertility) to the work/home balance. I learned a lot about radical feminists, but I don't think those views are anything near what your average woman/feminist actually believes. I found them to be presented more for the shock va
Katie Kaste
Dec 04, 2017 rated it liked it
This was an interesting set of essays. Even though I’m catholic there was some interesting perspectives. Also the opposing view points didn’t change my mind, but gave me something more to think of and wonder. It is important to know how others feel to understand their positions. I’m glad I read these essays.
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great discussion and arguments for current women's issues. Definitely needs to be spread around to counteract erroneous thoughts concerning women's fertility, motherhood and roles in the church in society today.

Highly, highly recommended.
Megan Uy
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 stars because this book is beautifully and elegantly written, explaining the Church's sexual teachings and views on women in clear, intelligent, and compassionate terms. Moments of these chapters were truly inspiring--the Church embraces a "women are different" brand of feminism that argues women have a valuable perspective/contribution to make by virtue of their femininity and this is an idea, if you accept a male/female gender binary, that can be extraordinarily empowering to the average wom ...more
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This collection of essays from Catholic women explain perfectly how the Catholic Church's most controversial teachings actually function to protect the equality and dignity of all women from the toxic patriarchal culture of which many modern-day feminists have (perhaps unknowingly) assimilated in order to promote their individualist brand of feminism. It was a stimulating read.
Brett Salkeld
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A very useful book addressing questions of interest to many contemporary readers. The essays cover all the major questions people have about women and the Catholic Church and are consistently even-handed and well-written. Buy it for the college-age Catholic woman who is not sure what to make of her Church. It could be the difference.

Professors take note, it could even make a great textbook for a college course about women and the Church, though you would obviously want to supplement it with oth
Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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This is a compilation of essays by highly-qualified contributors about the Catholic Church's teaching about issues related to women, including abortion, contraception, sex, infertility treatments, and even balancing work and family. There were two chapters that were so good I marked them and asked my husband to read them. On the back cover, Kimberly Hahn calls it a "tour de force" and that nails it. A great read and it gets my highest recommendation.
A very enlightening text that confidently explains the Catholic Church's teachings about sex, birth control, abortion, & the priesthood, among other things, as they impact women.
Jun 29, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Gives a clear picture of what the Catholic faith's teachings are, which is what I was looking for. Interesting perspective.
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“Woman’s] unique contact with the new human being developing within her gives rise to an attitude toward human beings, not only toward her own child, but every human being, which profoundly marks the woman’s personality.” … Women first learn and then teach others that human relations are authentic if they are open to accepting the other person: a person who is recognized and loved because of the dignity which comes from being a person and not from other considerations, such as usefulness, strength, intelligence, beauty, or health.20” 0 likes
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