Wojtyla's Women: How They Shaped the Life of Pope John Paul II and Changed the Catholic Church by Ted Lipien

WOJTYŁA’s WOMEN: How They Shaped the Life of Pope John Paul II and Changed the Catholic Church by Ted Lipien

I read Ted Lipien's important book with enormous interest. Few persons are as qualified as he is to enlighten readers about Pope John Paul II's Polish roots -- and the impact that they had on his views on women. Lipien provides a stimulating analysis of the Pope's ideas on gender roles and how John Paul believed the Church should deal with sexual issues. Dr. John H. Brown, former U.S. diplomat in Poland


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New Book About Pope John Paul II Looks at His Views on Women, Family and Feminism

Unexpected Influence of Women

John Paul IIJohn Paul II, the most charismatic and influential Pope in centuries, reshaped many facets of Catholic thought. Yet Church policy on women during his papacy remained deeply resistant to popular modern ideas on gender roles. WOJTYŁA’s WOMEN explores John Paul II's views on women, marriage, family and sexual ethics from both feminist and conservative Christian perspectives. Previously untapped sources reveal the influence of his upbringing in Poland at the outset of the 20th century, a time when deeply rooted traditions collided with rapid social change and new ideas, against a backdrop of war, genocide, and political oppression. As the book reveals, women were a remarkable and unexpected influence on John Paul's understanding of gender issues and the Catholic Church's theology.

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American Catholics don't expect a more liberal church under Benedict XVI In a television interview with the Voice of America, Ted Lipien points out that the Catholic Church may become even more conservative under Benedict XVI Read transcript

Popes get conflicting advice on what to say to Americans and don't always say what they really think Read was Pope John Paul II wanted to tell Americans during his visit in 1979 and how his views of liberal America compare with the views of Benedict XVI Click here



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This book is worthwhile reading for anyone interested in the personal network of highly influential women who shaped John Paul II's attitudes, particularly on the debate of women's roles. Dr. Nancy Snow, author of Information War

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Ted Lipien has written an incisive and penetrating book on the role remarkable women, played in shaping John Paul II's outlook on important and controversial issues that defined his papacy. One of them was the Albanian-born nun and Nobel laureate Mother Teresa. Dr. Elez Biberaj, author of Albania in Transition: The Rocky Road to Democracy