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Book Review: Catholic Women Speak

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Book cover for "Catholic Women Speak: Bringing Our Gifts to the Table." Book cover for “Catholic Women Speak: Bringing Our Gifts to the Table.”

Catholic Women Speak Network, Catholic Women Speak: Bringing Our Gifts to the Table (New York: Paulist Press, 2015).

As I sit to write this review, the World Meeting of Families is underway in Philadelphia, and over the past week most news, social media, and idle chit chat around my university has focused on Pope Francis’s first visit to the U.S. So, I was grateful for the opportunity, amid all of the speculation and preparations for the papal visit, to sit down with Catholic Women Speak, an anthology of essays by members of the Catholic Women Speak Network that will be released tomorrow. The brief essays reflect a myriad of hopes and struggles for women in the Roman Catholic Church. As Tina Beattie (a contributor to the volume) describes in a recent article, the book represents the…

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