Good Catholic Girls: How Women Are Leading the Fight to Change the Church (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Jun 15, 2010 - Religion - 352 pages
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The widely exposed transgressions of priests within the Catholic Church stunned the faithful and sent a new surge of energy through the progressive church reform movement in the United States. Despite the movement's growing profile, the world has only recently learned that Catholic women are the driving force behind reform. Good Catholic Girls is a lively account of these courageous women, as seen through the eyes of an impassioned journalist, Angela Bonavoglia. They include Joan Chittister, the Benedictine nun who refused to obey a Vatican order not to speak at an international conference for women's ordination groups; Mary Ramerman, ordained a Catholic priest before 3,000 jubilant supporters; Frances Kissling, whose fight for women's reproductive rights has shaken the Church at its highest levels; Barbara Blaine, a priest abuse survivor who created the nation's most powerful voice for victims; and Sister Jeannine Gramick, who built a pioneering ministry to gays and lesbians, despite Vatican orders to silence her and ban her work.

Backed by supporters worldwide, these and other women are rethinking Catholic theology, changing the face of ministry, and resurrecting the lost lives of female church leaders. As Bonavoglia shows, the hierarchy ignores them at its peril.

  

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User Review  - Linda Eshelman - Goodreads

Although I don't agree with all of the points in this book, it is well written and informative. I like the fact that it backs up its data with names and dates. I think that this book needed to be written. Read full review

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User Review  - Mary Johnson - Goodreads

Angela Bonavoglia introduced me to many good women in the Church, and for this I am grateful. Her passionate story moved me at times to tears, at other times to anger. Bonavoglia makes her biases ... Read full review

Contents

PREFACE TO THE PAPERBACK EDITION
INTRODUCTION
1THE BEVOLT OF THE ERIE BENEDICTINES
A WOMANS PLACE
3NEW REFORMERS OLD REFORMERS FACE OFF
4SEX PRIESTS AND GIRLHOODS LOST
5WOMEN PRIESTS AND THE MYTHE OF CELIBACY
6THE A WORD THE C WORD AND THE FIGHT FOR WOMENS MORAL AUTHORITY
THE ORDINATION OF MARY RAMERMAN
CALLING THE QUESTION
SAYING GOODBYE TO AUNT ANNE
NOTES
THE CHURCH AND REFORMLIST OF PROGRESSIVE ORGANIZATIONS
TIMELINE OF SELECTED EVENTS
FURTHER READING
INDEX

THE ABORTION CHALLENGE TO CHURCH REFORM
8REDEEMING THE CHURCHS SEXUAL OUTLAWS
9CATHOLIC WOMEN FOR A NEW SEXUAL ETHIC
CATHOLIC WOMEN RESHAPE THEOLOGY
11CATHOLIC WOMEN RAISE THE DEAD
12THE NEW FACE OF CATHOLIC MINISTRY
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Also by Angela Bonavoglia
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About the Publisher
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About the author (2010)

Angela Bonavoglia is a nationally recognized writer on women's issues and church reform whose work has appeared in The Nation, Chicago Tribune, Ms., Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and Newsday, among others. She is the author of The Choices We Made: Twenty-five Women and Men Speak Out About Abortion, which was featured on Oprah. She lives with her husband in Westchester County, New York.

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