Women, Sex and The Church: A Case for Catholic Teaching


"The women who write in this volume challenge the common misconception that the Catholic Church's teachings are antiwomen and anti-sex. Rather, these women believe that it is precisely the Church's controversial teachings on abortion, sex, marriage, and contraception that bespeak the Church's love of women and reverence for sex. Recent empirical evidence reveals just how harmful breaking from these teachings has been for women, their children, and our culture over the past few decades. Indeed, the women who write these chapters argue that contrary to popular belief, following Church teachings on sex and marriage, in spite of the sometimes arduous difficulty of doing so, actually helps women to flourish-physically, emotionally, relationally, and socially."

--  from the Introduction of Women, Sex and the Church

       Read the Introduction                       View the Table of Contents
       About the Contributors                      Publishers Weekly Review
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Praise for Women, Sex and the Church 
"...10 stimulating essays on just about every hot-button issue at the intersection of women's lives and the Catholic moral imagination." (Read review here)

George Weigel, Best Selling Author of Internationally acclaimed
"Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II"

"This book takes on both the thorniest dilemmas and the best kept secrets of the Catholic Church's teachings concerning women, with thoroughness, intelligence, and honesty."

Helen Alvare, J.D. , Associate Professor of Law,
George Mason University School of Law

"This presentation is a tour de force-highly recommended."

Kimberly Hahn, Author of Life-Giving Love:
Embracing God's Beautiful Design for Marriage

"[R]equired reading for every son, brother, fiancee, husband, father, seminarian, and priest. These women know something about life, and in listening to them you come away wanting to become a better man."

Rev. Paul McNellis, S.J. , Boston College

"As a highly readable, provocative exposition of the case for the Church's vision of sex, marriage, and sexual difference, it could not be more timely."

Mary Shivanandan, Professor of Theology,
John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at The Catholic University of America

"A remarkable work, and a great read."

Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. , Director of Education,
The National Catholic Bioethics Center

"This book, a work by Catholic feminists, fills us with hope." (Read review here)

Mgr. Antonio Grappone , Pontifical Council for the Laity

The Cost of "Choice"

"We are now more than thirty years away from the Supreme Court case of Roe vs Wade, yet the controversy over abortion has not diminished. Although the "pro-choice" forces increasingly acknowledge the central claim of the "pro-life" side--that abortion is a morally portentous act--they continue to insist that the well-being of women is absolutely dependent on the legal right to abortion. The twelve essays in The Cost of "Choice," all written by women active in the public square, dispute this claim. These authors argue that over the last three decades, legal abortion has had harmful effects on women-- socially, medically, psychologically and culturally.'"

Contributors include Mary Ann Glendon and the late Elizabeth Fox Genovese. Jean Bethke Elshtain writes the Preface.

View the Table of Contents. More about The Cost of "Choice". Buy it.

Read what lifelong Democrat Eunice Kennedy Shriver, National Review Washington Editor Kate O’Beirne, and Emmy Award winning actress, Patricia Heaton have to say.

Read Chuck Colson's review at Breakpoint, or reader reviews on Amazon




On Pro-Life Feminism

"Erika has become one of the intellectual leaders of the new Catholic feminism in the United States."
George Weigel, Ethics and Public Policy Center

"She is at the very forefront of those dynamic young women who are bringing a new feminism into being."
Mary Ann Glendon, Harvard Law School

"[O]ne of the foremost and formidable young scholars and speakers on feminism, abortion, and contemporary culture."
Clarke D. Forsythe, Americans United For Life

"[S]poke powerfully... about the pro-life movement's authentic commitment to women."
National Review Online

On The Spiritual Life

"...delivered one of the most heartfelt and deeply moving talks women in the Archdiocese of Boston had ever heard. 'The Return of the Prodigal Daughter - A Love Story'...was a beautifully written and passionately delivered account of a young life in search of God... Served as an encouragement to anyone who has ever been in search of God and felt unworthy of His love and forgiveness."

Jennifer Schiller, Co-Founder, Boston Catholic Women's Conference

"Our students have been blessed by the various talks that Erika Bachiochi has given at our retreats. They have commented on the powerful lessons they have learned from...her witness and dedication to our Catholic faith."
Mother Olga, Founder, Daughters of Mary of Nazareth

Selected Articles

"Life Matters: Roe Plus 40," USCCB Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, 2013 (pamphlet)
"Women, Sexual Asymmetry & Catholic Teaching," "Women, Sexual Asymmetry & Catholic Teaching," Christian Bioethics (Oxford U), 2013
"Why UN Feminists Would Want to Partner with the Holy See," Public Discourse, March 26, 2013
"40 Years Later: Let's Get Honest About Abortion, Roe & Women's Equality," Mobilizing Ideas, March 4th, 2013 (rejoinder)
"Symposium: Planned Parenthood v. Casey's Impact on Abortion Jurisprudence," AUL, May 2012 -- [Watch here @ 23:00]
"The Pill is Not Good for Women," National Review Online, February 21, 2012
"Embodied Equality: Debunking Equal Protection Arguments for Abortion Rights," Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Summer 2011
"40 Years Later: How to Undo the Autonomy Argument for Abortion Rights," thepublicdiscourse.com, August, 2011
"It's Time for a Pro-Woman Defense of Controversial Catholic Teaching," Insidecatholic.com, September 2010
"Palin, Abortion & the Feminists," Human Life Review, Winter/Spring 2009
"Miss Americas," Touchstone Magazine, September 2008
"The Easy Road to Heaven: Love, Sex and the Cross," Crisis Magazine, December 2006
"Warrior for Choice," New York Post book review, February 26th, 2006
"How Abortion Hurts Women: The Hard Proof," Crisis Magazine, June 2005
"Whose Child-Care Crisis?" New York Post book review, January 30, 2005
"The Abortion Debate", Washington Times, October 29, 2004

Mini Curriculum Vitae

  • Member of the Catholic Women's Forum of the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN
  • J.D., magna cum laude, Boston University School of Law, 2002
  • M.A.with distinction, Theology, Boston College, 1999
        Bradley Fellow at the Institute for Politics and Religion
  • B.A., magna cum laude (Political Science), Middlebury College, 1996
  • Participant at the Tertio Millennio Seminar (1998) and conferences held by the Acton Institute (1998), the Liberty Fund (1999) and the Institute for Justice (2000).
  • Member of the Massachusetts Bar

  • "Embodied Equality: Debunking Equal Protection Arguments for Abortion Rights," Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy,
    Summer 2011

    "Women, Sexual Asymmetry & Catholic Teaching ," Christian Bioethics (Oxford U),

    "Legal Abortion Necessary for Sexual Equality?" (A Debate)

    "Symposium: Planned Parenthood v. Casey's Impact on Abortion Jurisprudence," AUL, May 2012 [@ 23:00]

    Past Speaking Appearances

    First Annual Boston Catholic Women's
       Conference, Keynote Address

    Indiana Catholic Women's Conference
    Vermont Right to Life Annual Conference,
       Keynote Address

    University Faculty for Life Annual
       Conference, Plenary Address

    Harvard University
    Harvard Law School (review)
    Princeton University
    Dartmouth College
    Boston College Law School
    Notre Dame Law School
    Boston College
    Boston University
    Wellesley College
    Providence College
    Valparaiso University
    Wheaton College
    Catholic University Law School
    St. Mary's College
    DeSales University
    The College of St. Elizabeth
    The Archdiocese of Denver
    American Association of Pro-life
       Obstetricians and Gynecologists

    Legal Center for the Defense of Life
    Legatus Boston
    Women Affirming Life
    Montrose School
    Murray Hill Institute
    Various Parishes
    Visitation House -Watch (Worchester, MA)

    Topics Include

    On Pro-Life Feminism
      The Impact of Abortion on Women
      Toward an Embodied Equality (or Sexual     Equality Does Not Require Abortion)
      Growing Up in the Culture of "Choice"
      Authentic Reproductive Justice

    On Church Teaching
      The New Feminism
      Women and the Church
      The Kinship Between the Social and Sexual

    On the Spiritual Life
      The Return of a Prodigal Daughter: A Love
        Story (my conversion) Listen to Excerpt

      A Personal Meditation on Deus Caritas Est
      On Suffering
      On Discernment

    Contact Erika to schedule a speaking engagement: ebachiochi@yahoo.com

    TV & Radio Appearances

    Nationally Syndicated
    "EWTN, Faith & Culture"
    "Phyllis Schlafly Live"
    "Janet Parshall's American Salem Radio"
    "Daybreak USA"
    "Point of View"

    Listen to Erika on "Morning Bulletin"

    Listen to Erika on "The Good Catholic Life"

    Local Shows
    “The Mark Johnson Show” WDEV (Vermont), “The Good Catholic Life” WQOM (Boston), “Society Under Fire” KMBH, “Spirit Morning Show” KVSS, “Voice for Life” Immaculate Heart Radio, “Kresta in the Afternoon”, Ave Maria Radio, “Lifeline w/ Craig Roberts” KFAX (Bay area), “Christian Bookshelf”, WSHO (New Orleans), “What's up?” KTEK (Houston), “Bob Dutko Show”, WMUZ (Detroit), “Jerry Bowyer Show” WPTT (Pittsburg), “Viewpoint” WTKF (Moorehead City, NC), “Morning Bulletin” KBUL (Billings, MT), “Mornings with Tim and Al” KJSL(Creve Coeur, MO), “Morning Show” WLEA (Hornell, NY), “Small Victories” KJSL (St.Louis), “Martha Zoller Show” WDUN (Atlanta), “Crosstalk” WVCY (Milwaukee), “Issues, Etc.” KFUO (St. Louis)
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