Women dominate the New Testament. Of the world’s major religions, the Christian scriptures appear to focus the most on women in the ministry of the faith. So, it begs the question “Why doesn’t the world’s largest Christian denomination allow woman to become priest?”
Hail Mary is a new book series that explores this controversial issue.
However, Hail Mary is not an opinion piece. It’s a story – or a series of stories.
Each new book in this series will revolve around Sister Mary Joseph, a former cloistered Irish nun trying to adapt to American life after she becomes involved in solving the many life issues of an urban community – while secretly disguised as a priest. All Mary Joseph has to guide her, in this role, is her love for the teachings of Jesus Christ.
In this series, many of the issues facing the Church today will be examined and explored with grace and dignity. And, to the best of my ability, resolutions will be based on ecumenically accepted Church teachings.”
The first book in the series, titled Bread and Wine, deals with Sister Mary Joseph’s transformation into her disguise as a Catholic priest while the parish, St. Vincent Ferrer in Brooklyn deals with the issue of Illegal Immigration.
Much of that story of the first book comes directly from my experiences as a press secretary for the Suffolk County Legislature. At the time, Suffolk, because of what was going on in Farmingville, was center stage in the national debate on Illegal immigration. The networks and CNN would come to General Meetings. A documentary was made. I was an exciting time to be a press secretary. What’s amazing is, almost two decades later, it’s still an issue — mostly thanks to Donald Trump.
So is this book series a call for women ordination in the Catholic Church? I’m a practicing Catholic, not a theologian ‐‐ or even theologically educated. I’m just a storyteller. Nothing more.
I think American contemporary Christian singer and songwriter Rich Mullins may have put it best when he said, ‘It’s so funny being a Christian musician. It always scares me when people think so highly of Christian music, Contemporary Christian music especially. Because I kinda go, I know a lot of us, and we don’t know jack about anything. Not that I don’t want you to buy our records and come to our concerts. I sure do. But you should come for entertainment. If you really want spiritual nourishment, you should go to church…you should read the Scriptures’. Maybe the same applies to contemporary Christian fiction writers? I don’t know. But the quote most certainly applies to this author and the Hail Mary series.
Sister Mary Joseph’s call as a woman to impersonate a priest is not intended to be an outward condemnation of Church teachings. Instead, the true intent of Hail Mary is to inwardly examine one’s ‘self’.”
Therein lies the central question of Hail Mary – the deep, spiritual question that dwells in every person: Are we truly answering God’s call?
James Henry is the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul and the new book series Hail Mary. To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman/McCormick PR at (516) 639-0988 or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com