"We've heard it so many times, Your Eminence. Women are to be honored, women are to be equal. It always ends with a bit of honor, but no equality. It just doesn't wash anymore." Women of all faiths can identify with these words of Sister Margaret McDonough (Maggie). Intelligent, charming and feisty, Maggie is the story's protagonist. Maggie's story takes her to Rome and to a powerful position in the Vatican. She is immediately surrounded by intrigue. One cardinal, incredulous at her appointment responds: "A woman in the curia? At that rank? What about our holy tradition?" The new pope's answer: "We will examine our traditions to see if they truly reflect the Gospel, or are nothing but the unburied, rattling bones of men long dead." Maggie's position takes her to Central America where her story is intertwined with a compelling account of the sad history of the United States and Vatican involvement there. It is all here: the role of the CIA, the inhumanity, the School of the Americas. This book was written before Pope John Paul II apologized for the institutional church's unequal treatment of women. It goes beyond apology. Here is a prophetic novel that promises to startle you -- and succeeds.
Used availability for Stephen Boehrer's Dead Men's Bones
July 2000 : USA Paperback