In this bold and powerful book, Dr. Peter Kwasniewski marshals an irrefutable defense of the Church's historical teaching that her liturgical ministries 1/2 1/2 1/2 including those of lector and altar server 1/2 1/2 1/2 should be performed exclusively by men.
God created the two sexes for profound reasons, explains Dr. Kwasniewski, and we diminish human beings when we lose sight of those reasons. He asserts that the interdependence of the two sexes strengthens both men and women and that the complementary characteristics of masculinity and femininity are indispensable to human development. The manifest differences between the sexes have informed the Church's vision on the roles of men and women in the liturgy for centuries, and they are now under attack not only from outside the Catholic Church but also within it, threatening the very order and coherence of civilization itself.
Dr. Kwasniewski thoughtfully reflects on Scripture, Ch
Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, Thomistic theologian, liturgical scholar, and choral composer, is a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College and The Catholic University of America. He has taught at the International Theological Institute in Austria, the Franciscan University of Steubenville's Austria Program, and Wyoming Catholic College, which he helped establish in 2006 and where he taught theology, philosophy, music, and art history and directed the choirs. He writes regularly for The New Liturgical Movement, OnePeterFive, Rorate Caeli, The Latin Mass Magazine, and other websites and publications. He has published sixteen books (eight as author and eight as editor), including seven on traditional Catholicism: Resurgent in the Midst of Crisis (Angelico, 2014), Noble Beauty, Transcendent Holiness (Angelico, 2017), Tradition and Sanity (Angelico, 2018), John Henry Newman on Worship, Reverence, and Ritual (Os Justi, 2019), Reclaiming Our Roman Catholic Birthright (Angelico, 2020), The Holy Bread of Eternal Life (Sophia, 2020), and Ministers of Christ(Sophia, 2021). His work has been translated so far into eighteen languages and Braille. Visit his website at www.peterkwasniewski.com.