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Monday, September 29, 2008

Talk, Q&A, and Book signing with Angela Bonavoglia

Native Daughter Angela Bonavoglia
Comes Home to Scranton to talk about her latest book--

"Good Catholic Girls:  How Women Are Leading the Fight to Change the Church"

WHAT:  Talk, Q&A and Book Signing

WHERE:  Anthology:  New and Used Books, Casey Laundry Building, 2nd Floor, 515 Center Street, Scranton, PA 18503

WHEN:  Saturday evening, October 4, 7:30 p.m.  to 9 p.m.

CONTACT:  Andrea Talarico, 570-341-1443

Angela Bonavoglia is an award-winning journalist and author, nationally recognized for her writing about women and the Catholic Church.  A cradle Catholic, former parishioner of St. Ann's Church and student at St. Ann's elementary school, Bonavoglia interviewed nearly 150 Catholic women change-makers for her provocative book, Good Catholic Girls:  How Women Are Leading the Fight to Change the Church (HarperCollins).  They are young and old, nuns and lay, married and single.  Backed by supporters worldwide, they are rethinking Catholic theology, changing the face of ministry, and resurrecting the lost lives of female Church leaders.  They are working to open ordination to all, challenging the Church's sexual repression, and calling the Church to openness and accountability.

Bonavoglia's article, "The Church's Tug of War," about women as an invisible force for reform in the Roman Catholic Church, was the lead article in The Nation in the wake of the clergy sex abuse scandals of 2002. It provided a fresh analysis of the role of women in progressive Church reform at an unprecedented moment in American Church history and became the basis for Bonavoglia's latest book.

Bonavoglia has toured the country speaking about women and Catholic Church reform, on college campuses and in lecture halls, from Catholic altars and in a convent, in parish basements and people's homes.  She has only been banned once, by Paterson, NJ bishop Arthur Seratelli, who forbade her to speak in any Catholic venue in his diocese.

In addition, Bonavoglia has been a guest on nearly 60 television and radio shows talking about women and Church reform, and her articles and op-eds have appeared in such outlets as The Nation, the Chicago Tribune, Newsday, the Miami Herald, the National Catholic Reporter, and Ms., where she was a longtime contributing editor.  In Does the Pope Care About Workers' Rights? (The Nation) and Ask Benedict: Is Union Busting Catholic? - Politics on The Huffington Post, Bonavoglia reported earlier this year on the struggles of Catholic teachers' unions, including the Scranton Diocese Association of Catholic Teachers.

Bonavoglia also authored The Choices We Made: 25 Women and Men Speak Out About Abortion.  With a foreword by Gloria Steinem, it includes Bonavoglia's interviews with such celebrities as Whoopi Goldberg, Rita Moreno, Polly Bergen, and Kathy Najimy, and was featured on Oprah.
As conflict rages in Scranton among Church authorities, politicians and ordinary Catholics over what it means to be Catholic, and that conflict garners national attention, it is more important than ever to bring the work of these devoted and courageous Catholic women out into the world, to represent the other Catholic voice.

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