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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 ›
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 ›
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.
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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 15 months ago by Mary Sue Voights
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
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
Angela continues to exacerbate the the polemics within the Catholic Church today. Her vision of a Church, and that same vision shared by Joan Chittister, Frances Kissling,... Read morePublished on May 11, 2006 by Johannes (Maine)