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Wojtyla's Women: How They Shaped The Life of Pope John Paul II and Changed the Catholic Church by Ted LipienIn the area of sexuality, John Paul II believed that men and women are capable of rising above the instinct of sexual urge for pleasure only. This meant to him being able to achieve their existential goal of bringing about new life in respect and love for the other person. He postulated further that undermining the proper purpose of sex, by using such means as artificial birth control, damages love and respect between persons. He also maintained that life not only begins at conception, but also that both body and soul are united by God at the moment of conception as “God Himself takes the supreme part in the creation of a human person in the spiritual, moral, [and] strictly supernatural sphere.” Man and woman, in his view, are not the creators of life but merely co-creators of it with God.

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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