Breaking Through: Catholic Women Speak for Themselves

Breaking Through: Catholic Women Speak for Themselves

by Helen M. Alvare


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America is flirting with the idea that being a Catholic female means saying "yes" to the faith as a private source of comfort, but saying "no" to living out its more countercultural moral and social teachings.

Catholic women are facing unprecedented questions about sex, money, marriage, work, children, and the Church itself-questions with innumerable personal and societal repercussions. Is it even possible that the teachings of a two-thousand-year-old religion are still relevant for today's toughest issues?

A quick tour of leading cultural indicators seems to say "no." But this is far from the whole story. Many women, courageously facing questions their mothers and grandmothers would never have encountered, are finding intellectually and spiritually satisfying answers within the framework of their Catholic faith.

Nine such Catholic women - varying widely in age, occupation, and experience - share personal stories of how they struggled toward the realization that the demands of their faith actually set them free. Their stories - full of honesty, but ultimately hope - shed new light and new clarity on women's continued attraction to the Catholic faith.

Navigating dating and sexpectations

Feminism, freedom, and contraception

Children versus a "better me"

Being Catholic in light of the sexual abuse scandal

Faith, psychology, and same-sex attraction

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612786667
Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor, Publishing Division
Publication date: 09/20/2012
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Helen M. Alvaré 9

1 Fear of Children Helen M. Alvaré 19

2 Contraception: Wrestling with Reality Marie Anderson 33

3 Sex, Mating, and the Marriage "Market" Elise Italiano 49

4 Finding Joy: The Mystery of the Religious Life Sister Mary Gabriel 63

5 Something Old and Something Really New: Women as Professionals and Breadwinners, but Pilgrims Just the Same Mary Devlin Capizzi 77

6 The Sexual Abuse Scandal: The Great Wound of Our Era and Its Challenge Rebecca Vitz Cherico 93

7 Beauty, Bounty, Balance: Avoiding the Hazards of Having Mary Hallan FioRito 107

8 Who Am I? Psychology, Faith, and Same-Sex Attraction Michelle A. Cretella 119

9 The Single Mother: Threading the Needle Helen M. Alvaré 141

10 Beyond Politics: Everyday Catholic Life Kim Daniels 159

Afterword Helen M. Alvaré 169

Acknowledgments 173

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