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The widely exposed transgressions of priests within the Catholic Church stunned the faithful and sent a new surge of energy through the progressive church reform movement in the United States. Despite the movement's growing profile, the world has only recently learned that Catholic women are the driving force behind reform. Good Catholic Girls is a lively account of these courageous women, as seen through the eyes of an impassioned journalist, Angela Bonavoglia. They include Joan Chittister, the Benedictine nun who refused to obey a Vatican order not to speak at an international conference for women's ordination groups; Mary Ramerman, ordained a Catholic priest before 3,000 jubilant supporters; Frances Kissling, whose fight for women's reproductive rights has shaken the Church at its highest levels; Barbara Blaine, a priest abuse survivor who created the nation's most powerful voice for victims; and Sister Jeannine Gramick, who built a pioneering ministry to gays and lesbians, despite Vatican orders to silence her and ban her work.
Backed by supporters worldwide, these and other women are rethinking Catholic theology, changing the face of ministry, and resurrecting the lost lives of female church leaders. As Bonavoglia shows, the hierarchy ignores them at its peril.
They are addicted to the rush of flouting convention and getting away with a cheap trick. They had plenty of practice smoking in the girls room, hiking up their hemlines and passing notes in class.
She says, 'Having been born into a Catholic wine family, in vintage, my fate was sealed.
One of the daughter's, Julie, "Head Girl" behind the Good Catholic Girl label, uses cabernet from the vineyard in this wine. It's a no-holds-barred kind of cabernet, a devil really - deeply coloured, hugely flavoured and with a mouth-gripping dose of cabernet tannins.
"I am a good Catholic girl" she said, as a matter of fact.