In this insightful and passionate examination, Manning argues that Christianity’s future requires a fundamental and grassroots shift in order to achieve worldwide peace and justice. She explores the role of women and–inspired by the historical role of Mary Magdalene–pleads for the necessity of respecting sexual diversity, preserving the environment and recognizing religious pluralism. Moving and powerful, Manning provides a hopeful and spiritually rich vision for the future.
Joanna Manning began her writing career with the bestselling book, Is The Pope Catholic? written from the perspective of a former Holy Child nun, a teacher in the Catholic school system and an outspoken advocate of women’s equality. Her second book, Take Back the Truth: Confronting Papal Power and the Religious Right analyses the rise of Catholic and Protestant fundamentalism as a religious and political phenomenon. In The Magdalene Moment, she argues that Christianity’s future requires a fundamental and grassroots shift in order to achieve worldwide peace.
Joanna had been worshipping as an Anglican for some years, before Josef Ratzinger was elected Pope in 2005. At this juncture she abandoned any hope of reform in the Roman Catholic Church and became a full member of the Anglican Church. In 2009, she was accepted as a candidate for ordination to the priesthood in the Diocese of Toronto and she hopes to be ordained in 2011. Joanna is frequently sought out by the media as a commentator on religious affairs.
Take Back The Truth: Confronting Papal Power and the Religious Right
Joanna Manning introduces readers to the growing polarization within Christianity and its relationship with the modern world. She warns against the ongoing retreat into fundamentalism and exclusivity and points the way toward inclusivity and compassion. She shows how John Paul II has joined forces with Protestant fundamentalists to rein in the feminist movement and perpetuate male-only leadership through coercive and authoritarian uses of power.
Is The Pope Catholic? A Woman Confronts Her Church
Joanna Manning draws on her experience as a teacher in the Catholic school system, a former nun, and an outspoken advocate of women’s equality. She powerfully articulates how Pope John Paul’s views on women are not only a disaster for the Catholic Church, but are also a threat to the well-being of all women, regardless of belief.