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Good Catholic Girls: How Women Are Leading the Fight to Change the Church Paperback – Bargain Price, February 21, 2006
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She says in the first chapter, "For nuns, two major development causes cataclysmic changes in religious life. The first was the Sister Formation Movement of the 1950s... American nuns pursued advanced education as never before. They earned master's and doctoral degrees, becoming among the most educated employees of the Roman Catholic Church. The other influence was the Second Vatican Council... It called for the 'renewal of religious life,' empowering religious communities to change everything, from prayer rituals to internal governance to their place in the world." (Pg.Read more ›
This is truly a book that indicates that we can no longer remain a status quo group but need to move back to the original values of the Church found in the Acts of the Apostles and in the letters to the early Churches.
Nonetheless, I read with curiosity. While Pope John Paul II's "Theology of the Body" is causing a sensation in more orthodox circles, it will be sometime yet before the rest of the world catches on: tellingly, it receives no mention in Good Catholic Girls. Meanwhile, the heresies which author Angela Bonavoglia presents are the sort paraded out every time the Church is believed to be poised for reform. Thus, for instance, when Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger--ubiquitous villain of the book--was chosen pope, journalists bemoaned the election of another traditionalist who was content to allow the Church to lag helplessly behind the times. The implicit assumptions seem to be: 1) that the Roman Catholic Church will one day shake loose the bonds of tradition and embrace modernity in all its forms; and 2) that the reluctance to do so is what prevents Her from once again playing a meaningful role in society. Specifically, Good Catholic Girls argues that it is high time the Church stops silencing women and starts embracing their role as "equals". Of course, this is to be done on progressive terms.
Although I reject both assumptions, the book contains some value because it offers for examination a variety of arguments in their favor. This allows us to ask, charitably, how much can be said in favor of the drastic changes which Bonavoglia and her compatriots insist that the Church undertake.Read more ›
Angela Bonavoglia provides profiles of many different women who are pushing to reform the Roman Catholic Church. Each of these women has her own agenda, her own "cause." None of them came to the decision to challenge the Church lightly. Rather, circumstances demanded it and they responded. Bonavoglia herself is one of the women pushing for change and this book is her contribution to that effort. She acknowledges that there are many Catholic women who see things differently and who support a "vision that maintains the Church's status quo." She states that "they are spirited and devoted, too. But they don't represent the future I want to see for the Church."
Bonavoglia provides a useful service in bringing a female face to the recent sex abuse scandal in the Church. While the media has focused primarily on the abuse of young boys, there are also many girls and women who have been taken advantage of by priests in power. In some cases, the abuse extended into the confessional, with women who worked up the courage to share their experience of abuse being told that *their* sins are forgiven! Obviously, there is no room for such abuse in the Church. Bonavoglia rightly condemns those in hte hierarchy who refused to take reports of abuse seriously and instead simply moved offenders from parish to parish. She makes the interesting contention that if women had a role in the hierarchy, they wouldn't have allowed this to happen - they would have protected the children.
Bonavoglia celebrates the work feminist theologians have contributed to the field. They have" reenvisioned God as not necessarily male or female, but male or female or neither.Read more ›
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Well written and thought provoking. Thanks to all the women in this book and to those they inspire, there is still hope for the Church.Published 9 months ago by Mary Sue Voights
This book was an excellent read, with a good amount of information and emotional insight. Occasionally I felt that it went on a bit, but I would recommend this book to anyone with... Read morePublished on November 7, 2013 by Deb S
As a Catholic woman, I have struggled with my faith regarding the way women are treated by the Catholic Church. Read morePublished on November 13, 2012 by Kiki F.
There is something wrong with this author. The Catholic Church has never tried to silence woman! The woman Saints and the Sisters and the nuns and the Lay Woman have always been a... Read morePublished on March 4, 2012 by Rilke
I couldn't put this book down. It is so beautifully written and easy to read. It covers everything -- women in the church -- priests -- priest pedofiles -- ordained women -- the... Read morePublished on March 17, 2011 by Ann from The Bronx
Well it appears as if another person doesn't get the fact that the Roman Catholic Church isn't a "club", and the members don't get to "vote". Read morePublished on July 6, 2010 by Amazon Customer
I'll lay out my own biases right from the beginning, which seems necessary in reviewing a book as controversial as this one is bound to be: I identify strongly with the author, who... Read morePublished on December 20, 2009 by WordCynic
I will not waste a second reading this book and encourage other readers to do the same. Rather, they should take a cue from following book review from the latest issue of The... Read morePublished on September 16, 2007 by Joel B. Torczon
This book, and the glimpse it provides into the lives of these strong women, gives hope to the Catholic Church and to the world. Read morePublished on January 21, 2007 by Peggy Patrick