Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women Reflect on Feminism, Complementarity, and the Church

“The Church cannot be understood without women…”– Pope Francis, July 28, 2013

In the new book Promise and Challenge, ten diverse Catholic women — theologians, philosophers, attorneys, and an economist — answer Pope Francis’ call to address the deeper questions about the meaning of womanhood and the role of women in the Church.

Based on their presentations at the 2014 Symposium on Women in the Church, these women help move the conversation forward through their intriguing insights and analysis of established teachings and traditions combined with original scholarship and new ideas.

Through their personal experience, spiritual depth, and professional expertise, you’ll examine:

  • Threshold issues and important context to expand the role of women in the Church
  • Several important aspects of complementarity that require further theological development theologically
  • Practical issues related to the place of women in the church
  • The promise and challenge of the future

With insight, clarity, and great love for the Church, these women touch on both the challenges of today and the promise of tomorrow for women in the Church.

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The Pontifical Council for the Laity recently highlighted Promise and Challenge and included an excerpt from the book on its website.

The editor of Promise and Challenge, Mary Rice Hasson, is a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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