New Book on Womenpriests

There is a new book available about the Roman Catholic Womenpriest (RCWP) movement. The book examines how it began, how women were (are) ordained, and the movement’s relationship with the larger Catholic Church community. It is a new scholarly study that offers some well-researched answers. The title of the book is, “Womanpriest: Tradition and Transgression in the contemporary Roman Catholic Church,” and was written by Jill Peterfeso and published by Fordham University Press.

Currently, the Kindle edition through Amazon it is available and there is no charge (see the link below to get a copy). Amazon says: “This book is openly available in digital formats thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.” A hard copy will probably be available for sale in about 90 days.

Womanpriest- Tradition and Transgression in the Contemporary Roman Catholic Church

While some Catholics and even non-Catholics today are asking whether priests are necessary, especially given the ongoing sex-abuse scandal, The Roman Catholic Womanpriests (RCWP) looks to reframe and reform Roman Catholic priesthood, starting with ordained women. Womanpriest is the first academic study of the RCWP movement. As an ethnography, Womanpriest analyzes the womenpriests’ actions and lived theologies in order to explore ongoing tensions in Roman Catholicism around gender and sexuality, priestly authority, and religious change.

We think you will find it very interesting reading and look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Ann Penick and Kathleen Blank Riether

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