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Women and the Vatican
An Exploration of Official Documents
by Ivy A. Helman
Publisher:Orbis Books from Alban Books
This book is an exploration of official documents detailing the Catholic Church’s teaching on the role of women in society. It covers the last fifty years in the light of evolving feminism and the changing attitudes towards sex, marriage and family ethics. It looks particularly at a woman’s role in the family, in the workplace and in the life and work of the church and how a woman finds fulfilment within these spheres. Helman remains as far as possible non-judgmental, restricting herself to giving a summary of official pronouncements, and her comments are on the whole fair and challenging. She does, however, call for women’s opinions to be recognised in a more official capacity. This book is valuable reading not only for Catholic feminists but for all those who work in the fields of higher education and pastoral ministry.
Reviewer: John Irvine (14/07/12)