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Wojtyla's Women: How They Shaped The Life of Pope John Paul II and Changed The Catholic Church by Ted LipienConsidering John PauI Il’s unwavering commitment to Humanae vitae, it is not difficult to imagine what advice he was giving Pope Paul VI. In one of his homilies in 1972, Wojtyła mentioned his frequent meetings with Paul VI, as well as the pope’s request to him several years earlier to ask “the suffering people” in his archdiocese to pray for him in connection with a decision on a “difficult manner” pertaining to his teaching office. Although Wojtyła was not specific as to the nature of the decision, one can easily assume that it dealt with the birth control encyclical. On another occasion in 1972, Wojtyła revealed that before the publication of Humanae vitae, and more frequently after the publication, he spoke many times with Pope Paul VI, and each time they would talk about birth control issues. Wojtyła pointed out that the pope knew of his interest in this issue. Wojtyła also quoted Paul VI as telling him several years after the publication of Humanae vitae that “if he had to write it now, after the whole [controversy], I could not have written anything different.” There is little doubt that Wojtyła indeed played a major role in helping Paul VI to write the encyclical on birth control, which subsequently led to the alienation of a great number of Catholics throughout the world.

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This book is worthwhile reading for anyone interested in the personal network of highly influential women who shaped John Paul II's attitudes, particularly on the debate of women's roles. Dr. Nancy Snow, author of Information War

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Ted Lipien has written an incisive and penetrating book on the role remarkable women, played in shaping John Paul II's outlook on important and controversial issues that defined his papacy. One of them was the Albanian-born nun and Nobel laureate Mother Teresa. Dr. Elez Biberaj, author of Albania in Transition: The Rocky Road to Democracy