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Women, sex and the Church

· The essay ·

Abortion, sex, contraception, marriage, infertility: leafing through the index of the volume edited by the American Erika Bachiochi, Women, Sex and the Church: a Case for Catholic Teaching (Pauline Books & Media, 2010) one has the impression of having been invited to make a journey through the strongholds of unpopularity; through the anachronistic bastions that the Catholic institution persists in defending, bearing in mind a world that no longer exists. And yet the eight female American voices that succeed one another show the exact opposite: in furthering the intrinsic value of life, the dignity of the sexual union, the indissolubility of marriage and the difference between male and female, the Church, as Bachiochi writes, “protects the poorest of the poor”. The book offers interesting ideas, the discussion is open but it is certainly indisputable that if the world persists in not understanding, the responsibility for this also lies in the way in which those who speak choose to express themselves. The contributions of these women theologians, doctors, philosophers economists and jurists – some laywomen, others women religious – are a hand held out towards dialogue with those who live beside them without understanding them. (@GiuliGaleotti)

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