Introduction to Ted Lipien Web Site About Pope John Paul II and WomenUnderstanding between different cultures is difficult even under the best of circumstances. It is vastly more difficult when the process is influenced by deeply held religious and moral beliefs, history and national pride.

For almost any person born in the West after World War II, it would take an extraordinary effort to comprehend the mind set of someone like Pope John Paul II. Secular Western feminists and John Paul II experienced life in vastly different ways. It would be highly unusual if they had been able to reach a mutual understanding on the issues that deeply divided them. Yet, despite disagreements on fundamental moral questions, liberal feminists and John Paul II had a lot in common. Ted Lipien's book explores both differences and similarities between the Polish Pope's vision of women and family and the views of radical and moderate feminists. The book also describes how ordinary women living in the West, in Poland and in the Third World understood and reacted to John Paul II's teachings about love, marriage, sex, birth control, abortion and different roles for men and women.

Wojtyla's Women: How They Shaped the Life of Pope John Paul II and Changed the Catholic Church by Ted LipienWOJTYŁA’s WOMEN How They Shaped the Life of Pope John Paul II and Changed the Catholic Church also looks at the alleged "clash of civilization" and John Paul II's views on this matter. The book reveals John Paul II's deeply negative view of the American society, America's cultural influence and U.S. foreign policy.



Major Themes of WOJTYŁA’s WOMEN

A misunderstood Pope WOJTYŁA’s WOMEN How Women, History and Polish Traditions Shaped the Life of Pope John Paul II and Changed the Catholic Church reveals what Karol Wojtyła really thought about women, feminism and Western liberal values.

A defender of life The book describes how Polish traditions, World War II, the Holocaust and life under communist dictatorship influenced John Paul II's views and why secular feminists had such a hard time understanding his positions on abortion and gender relations.

Clash of civilizations WOJTYŁA’s WOMEN shows Pope John Paul II as a severe critic of American society and U.S. foreign policy, including the war in Iraq. (John Paul II feared the invasion of Iraq would have disastrous consequences.)

Was John Paul II a liberal or a conservative? As a young priest he wrote approvingly of female orgasm, causing quite a scandal in Poland. Greatly admired by evangelical and other conservative Christians in the U.S. for his stands on abortion, marriage and family, he held strongly liberal views on welfare programs, workers' rights, immigration, the death penalty, the environment, and aid to poor nations in the Third World. He irritated many secular feminists by declaring his support for "new feminism."

Women who knew him I spoke with women who knew him and worked with him for many decades. Why did he advocate traditional roles for women as wives and mothers, while at the same time promoting academic careers of Polish nuns? Why was he admired by young women whom he befriended as a young priest? Was John Paul II misunderstood by women in the West and even in his own country? WOJTYŁA’s WOMEN answers these and many other questions.

News About New Feminism, Pope John Paul II, His Vision of Women and Family from Ted LipienCommunist spies Did communist secret police agents distort news reports about Wojtyła's early life and his activities as a priest, bishop and pope? The book deals with the most recent revelations about communist spies among John Paul II's closest priest-friends and associates from Poland.


How the Polish Pope Saw Women, Feminism and Western Liberal Values

by Ted Lipien, Website Devoted to Religion, Feminism, and Pope John Paul Pope John Paul II was widely misunderstood on women's issues even though he held definite views on contraception, abortion and the ordination of women as Catholic priests. Many Catholics and others were confused watching him aggressively defend traditional Christian moral values while also trying to promote his Catholic version of feminism.

He was a passionate advocate for the poor and a relentless critic of Western "consumerist" societies. Despite many books and articles written about John Paul II, few people knew what he thought about women or understood his "theology of love."

This book shows John Paul II as he really was: an enigmatic man totally committed to defending human dignity and the basic human rights of all individuals, including women, and at the same time unwilling to break away from some of the traditions of his nation and his Church.

His early life experience in Poland under the Nazi occupation and the communist dictatorship had been so different from the lives of most women in the West that finding a common ground with feminists turned out to be an illusive task. Ted Lipien's book shows how cultural differences made it impossible for secular Western feminists and John Paul II to reach any kind of mutual understanding.

Ted Lipien's book reveals previously unpublicized statements by John Paul II and new information about his relationships with women, Website Devoted to Religion, Feminism, and Pope John Paul Some of John Paul’s critics have pointed to his Polish heritage as the primary cause of his alleged conservatism. Making Wojtyła’s Polish record on dealing with women’s issues accessible to Western readers required a careful re-interpretation of the existing biographical data and supplementing it with information never before presented. Ted Lipien has included in his book many previously unpublicized statements and accounts of Wojtyła’s personal relationships with women of various ages and backgrounds.

The scope and intensity of John Paul II’s interest in women's issues were greater than what is generally assumed. Ted Lipien's research showed that much of Wojtyła's early life and activities in Poland revolved around women and questions of sexual ethics. Karol Wojtyła's pastoral work as the Archbishop of Kraków focused on actively promoting Church-accepted methods of birth control and opposing the use of the pill and other contraceptives.

More significantly for Catholics outside of Poland, it was Karol Wojtyła assisted by Dr. Wanda Półtawska, his advisor and close collaborator, who steered Pope Paul VI into making his crucial decision to forbid all use of artificial contraception by married Catholic couples. The book examines in detail the development of Wojtyła's views on birth control, love, sexual morality, and marriage. It presents the historical and cultural background that shaped Karol Wojtyła's deep concern for protecting human life and human dignity. It outlines the inevitable and unresolvable conflict between John Paul II and secular feminists.



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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

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