This work, in her own words, "reflects the path of my own intellectual and spiritual journey" (10). Sr. Butler wrote this book at the "urging of so many young adults, chiefly seminarians at the University of St. Mary of the Lake's Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois, and more recently at St. Joseph's Seminary ("Dunwoodie") in Yonkers, New York" (ix).
Through this book, Sr. Butler "attempts to interpret and defend the Church's teaching, and at the same time to explain why many have had difficulty accepting it" (ix) to a "new generation ... of Catholic adults who are serious about the practice of their faith [and who] are puzzled, dismayed, and dis-edified by the distress and anger they encounter when the topic [of the reservation of priestly ordination to men] is aired" (viii).
She has divided her book into seven chapters:
- The Church's Teaching and the Present Discussion
- The Status of Women in Society and in the Church
- Three Objections to the Church's Teaching
- The Church's Fundamental Reasons
- The Church's Theological Arguments
- More Objections to the Church's Teaching
- Ordinatio Sacerdotalis and the Development of Doctrine
If you are seeking to understand more clearly the Church's teaching on this matter, or if you are looking for a way to help explain this teaching to others, this fine and helpful book, for both scholar and layman alike, is for you.