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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 introduction to his book Love and Responsibility, Karol Wojtyła strongly defended the right of priests, who like himself lead a celibate life, to speak out on the subject of sex despite of, what he admitted, is the lack of a direct personal experience. According to Wojtyła, priests who do not marry are nevertheless fully qualified to discuss and analyze sexuality because of their vast second-hand experience through pastoral work. In fact, in his opinion, priests may be better qualified to speak on the subject because of their concern with the principles of sexual morality, whereas medicine and psychology can only make a secondary contribution. Science, according to Wojtyła, does not deal with love and responsibility, which are the essential elements of a good marriage. Wojtyła argued that these two elements should be of primary importance in relationships between men and women.

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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