Beyond the Altar: Women Religious, Patriarchal Power, and the Church (Paperback)Christine Gervais (author)
Paperback 275 Pages / Published: 01/03/2018
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Beyond the Altar illustrates how women religious overcome sexist subjugation by side-stepping the patriarchal power of the Roman Catholic Church. This book counters the stereotypical image of Catholic nuns as being loyally compliant with their church by demonstrating how a number of current and former women religious in Canada challenged their institutional religions precepts and engaged in transformative strategies to effect change both within and outside the Roman Catholic Church. The sisters testimonials reveal never-before-shared details about their painful experiences of male domination, their courageous efforts to move beyond such sexist stifling, and the women-led and women-centred spiritual, governance, and activist practices they have engendered in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Featuring the sisters resourcefulness, resilience, and resistance, this book fills a void in international scholarship on what Canadian Catholic women religious have both endured and accomplished. Through interviews and in-depth accounts of the complexities and nuances present in the current and former sisters lives, readers will discover their indomitability as they strategically, and sometimes subversively, innovate their spiritual spaces.
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Number of pages: 275
Weight: 438 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
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