Catholic social activist and former nun, Joanna Manning, has just published a new book called The Magdalene Moment: A Vision for a New Christianity. One of the major themes in the book is how the Catholic Church has subordinated women. Manning explains the book’s title this way: “New life is springing from the ancient Magdalene tradition, now watered and enriched by the modern justice movements — anti-poverty, anti-war, and environmental. This mingling … is what I am calling the Magdalene moment.”
Other influences in the book include feminist theology, the celebration of sexual diversity including homosexuality and liberation theology.
You may not agree with all of Manning’s conclusions but I think you’ll have to admit she’s both provocative and challenging.