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Women, Sex, and the Church: A Case for Catholic Teaching


The contributors to Women, Sex, and the Church challenge the common misconception that Catholic teachings are anti-women and anti-sex. Instead, these women explore precisely how controversial teachings on abortion, sex, marriage, contraception, and reproductive technologies evidence the Church’s love of women. The timely issues of the priesthood, balancing work and family, and the intersection of Catholic sexual and social ethics are also discussed. The contributors to this text rely on biological, sociological, and medical evidence, combined with personal anecdotes and experience, to defend difficult Church teaching—all from a pro-woman perspective.

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  • Challenges misconceptions about the Church’s views on women and sex
  • Covers a wide variety of topics important to women
  • Offers a selection of essays written by and for Catholic women
  • Foundations
    • “Authentic Freedom and Equality in Difference,” by Laura L. Garcia
  • Love, Sex, and Reproduction
    • “The Uniqueness of Woman: Church Teaching on Abortion,” by Erika Bachiochi
    • “The Fullness of Sexuality: Church Teaching on Premarital Sex,” by Cassandra Hough
    • “The Liberation of Lifelong Love: Church Teaching on Marriage,” by Jennifer Roback Morse
    • “The Gift of Female Fertility: Church Teaching on Contraception,” by Angela Franks
    • “The Church’s Best Kept Secret: Church Teaching on Infertility Treatment,” by Katie Elrod with Paul Carpentier
  • Women in the Church, the Home, and the World
    • “Embodied Ecclesiology: Church Teaching on the Priesthood,” by Sister Sara Butler
    • “Dueling Vocations: Managing the Tensions between Our Private and Public Callings,” by Elizabeth R. Schiltz
    • “Reflections on the Kinship between Catholic Sexual and Social Teaching,” by Erika Bachiochi
This book takes on both the thorniest dilemmas and the best kept secrets of the Catholic Church’s teachings concerning women, with thoroughness, intelligence, and honesty.

—Helen Alvaré, associate professor of law, George Mason University

It should be required reading for every son, brother, fiancée, husband, father, seminarian, and priest. These women know something about life, and in listening to them you come away wanting to become a better man.

—Paul McNellis, philosophy faculty, Boston College

As a highly readable, provocative exposition of the case for the Church’s vision of sex, marriage, and sexual difference, it could not be more timely.

—Mary Shivanandan, professor of theology, John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family

Erika Bachiochi holds a JD from Boston University School of Law and an MA in theology from Boston College, where she was a Bradley Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Religion and Politics. Bachiochi was the editor of The Cost of “Choice”: Women Evaluate the Impact of Abortion. She lectures at colleges, universities, and law schools on feminism, the family, abortion, and the church, and keynotes various conferences and retreats for Catholic women.