Fictional “Pope Joan” Listed Among Twelve Women Who Helped Shape Christianity

Mary the Mother of God

This morning I was flummoxed to read in The Tablet a list of twelve women who supposedly "helped shape Christianity." ┬áNumbered among this august group, according to writer Peter Stanford, are a prostitute, an excommunicated ex-nun, and an imaginary heroine who never even existed.Where on the list, I wondered, is St. Catherine of Siena, who had the political boldness to "speak truth to power" and who counseled Pope Gregory XI to return to Rome from Avignon and resume leadership and … [Read more...]


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