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  • Paperback: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Pauline Books & Media (August 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819883204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819883209
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #817,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

"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

"...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

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

About the Author

Erika Bachiochi holds a JD from Boston University School of Law and an MA in theology from Boston College, where she was a Bradley Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Religion and Politics. Ms. Bachiochi was the editor of The Cost of Choice": Women Evaluate the Impact of Abortion (Encounter Books). 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 five young children.

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All in all, for some the book will be a difficult read.
Jennifer M Brown
Although the document is designed for catholic and its teachings it will assist non-catholics in understanding the requirements of the Catholic faith.
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Book gives a solid synthesis of Catholic teaching on feminist issues.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer M Brown on September 8, 2011
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Women, Sex and the Church is an excellent look at the damage that is done when we do not live as we were created to live.

The book opens with the editor, Erica Bachiochi's return to the faith as well as an admission that living as we were intended to live is hard even if it is worth it. She writes: "The teachings of the Church on sex and marriage are not easy to live. Through them the Church asks us to do much that is against our (fallen) nature, much that is against our culture. But by prayerfully living according to Church teachings on sex and marriage, we are not only protected from much emotional, physical, and spiritual harm, but these teachings also have the power to transform us into persons capable of both giving and receiving selfless love for where we were designed".

Who doesn't want to receive selfless love? Everyone, but to do so, we must live to give selfless love and this means living as the Creator intends for us to live.

Other so-called feminists will tell you that women should be free to choose to abort your child, have sex "like a man", strip your feminine identity of all that makes you a woman and you will be happy. Each contributor to this anthology gives economic, sociologic and mental health proof that abortion, divorce, contraception et al are bad for women. If you don't want to look at the theological and scriptural proofs that are offered, then you have to admit to the science. Each writer has included many proven studies and solid intellectual conclusions to refute the crazyfeminists mantra of so called "freedom". Again, if we would just live as we were created to live, we would be safe, happy, successful and society would be in far better shape.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MariaKnitz on August 8, 2011
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This book methodically (almost painstakingly) goes through each of the Catholic Church's teaching on what are traditionally described as "women's issues", including abortion, birth control, and infertility, in addition to relationship issues like co-habitation and premarital sex. At times it seemed a little too heavy on the "women should have children first, then a career and not the other way around", but otherwise an excellent resource. Probably most American Catholics won't agree with all of it, but I found the most fascinating part to be about the Church's approved technology for infertility. I don't know why it's called "Women sex and the church" - these aren't just women's issues.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Abel G. Camacho on April 4, 2012
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I'm ordering a copy for all the women attending my adult religious education course I teach at my church. I originally purchased one item for myself and, if satisfactory for my program, to use as a document that women and/or men attending the religious courses that I teach could borrow and read. Nevertheless after personally reviewing and determining the appropriateness of the material covered and resulting from the controversy that the Catholic Church is undergoing with HEW, I decided to purchase several (4) more copies. I recommend this document to all Catholic women and men. In addition, if anyone desires to have a better understanding of the catholic teachings regarding chastity, the regard for all life-beginning at the woman's womb and ending at the end of life-and the role of the woman in the church. Although the document is designed for catholic and its teachings it will assist non-catholics in understanding the requirements of the Catholic faith. And, why is the Church so combative with the Obama administration regarding contraception and chemical abortive products.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stefanie Mahon on October 9, 2011
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This book holds the key to understanding many of the misconceptions and myths that exist in today's culture about the church's teachings regarding women's issues. Why is abortion anti-woman? Why aren't women "allowed" to be priests? Read this book to find out the answers, you can't afford not to!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BigSis on January 8, 2014
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This book is terrific. It's packed with information that all women should know. The Catholic Church is wrongly portrayed as being against women, but the women who contributed to this book show that just the opposite is true. The facts and data presented here show that women have been misled for years by radical feminists and the political far left. It's time to set the record straight and this book certainly attempts to do just that. Read it and then give a copy to every woman you know!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Edwards on May 9, 2013
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This book is a collection of essays written by intelligent, educated, professional women who have successfully articulated the practical and spiritual wisdom of Catholic teaching on various issues, many of which are considered the "hot-button controversial" issues related to the role of women in the Church, sexuality, marriage, contraception, and abortion. Drawing from secular sources, medical, psychological, and social science research, as well as Church documents, the authors make a compelling case for all people, especially those concerned for the well being of the poor and women, to revisit Catholic teaching in ernest. I recommend this for Catholics who struggle with Church teaching, as well as for non-Catholics who are curious about why the Church continues to maintain the stance it does in the 21st century. A MUST-READ for new feminists everywhere!!!!
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