May 31, 2011 (Boston) — Sr. Sara Butler, M.S.B.T., contributor to the highly-acclaimed book Women, Sex, and the Church: A Case for Catholic Teaching (Pauline Books & Media, 2010) has recently been appointed by the Holy Father as a consultant of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization.
Sister Butler holds her doctorate in systematic theology from Fordham University, her STL from the University of St. Mary of the Lake, and her MA in religious education from the Catholic University of America. Sister Butler is a professor of dogmatic theology at St. Joseph’s Seminary in New York. She is also a member of the Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity. In 2004 she was appointed to the International Theological Commission, and she has served on the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission since 1991. She also serves as a consultant to the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine.
In June 2010, the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization was created by Pope Benedict in order to “promote a renewed evangelization in the countries which are experiencing the progressive secularization of society and a sort of ‘eclipse of the sense of God. There are regions of the world that are still awaiting a first evangelization; others that have received it, but need a deeper intervention; yet others in which the Gospel put down roots a long time ago, giving rise to a true Christian tradition but in which, in recent centuries with complex dynamics the secularization process has produced a serious crisis of the meaning of the Christian faith and of belonging to the Church,” the Supreme Pontiff explained.
Women, Sex, and the Church is available from Pauline Books & Media, the publishing house of the Daughters of St. Paul, an international Congregation of women religious whose mission is evangelization through the means of social communication. They operate thirteen retail book centers in North America and a publishing and distribution operation in Boston, Massachusetts. Arriving from Italy in 1932, the Daughters of St. Paul have been in America for nearly eighty years.