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Pope John Paul II and His Views on Marriage and FamilyKarol Wojtyła was not only active writing books about human sexuality but also devoted a lot of time and effort to marriage and family ministry based on the idea that sex cannot be treated in purely physiological or scientific way. Catholic marriage counseling was a novelty in Poland after the war and Wojtyła became its chief promoter and pioneer among the Polish clergy and among his parishioners. The Catholic counselors and volunteers, recruited by Wojtyła in the Kraków Archdiocese to advise couples before and during marriage, were asked “to stress with full determination that erotic experiences cannot be the essential purpose of married life.”

Wojtyla's Women: How They Shaped The Life of Pope John Paul II and Changed the Catholic Church by Ted LipienThe purpose of marriage, according to Wojtyła, was to be found in forming a family unit and in deepening spiritual love between the two people. The second order to counselors, most of whom were women, was to let young couples know that contraception leads to abortion. They were to tell them that contraception has the potential of introducing the idea that parents can kill their own unborn children. As early as in the late 1940s, Wojtyła rejected the argument that contraception could reduce the number of abortions or be allowed as a lesser evil.

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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