‘Critical Mass’: A Novel

February 13, 2009

BOSTON, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ — A community ordained priest takes a critical look at the Catholic Church, its beliefs, as well as its scandals, offering a glimpse into the Church’s past and present. “Critical Mass” (published by iUniverse), a novel by Kathleen M. Henry, may be likened to when Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five theses to the door of the Schlosskirche in Wittenberg, instigating the Reformation. Henry has been in exile from her Church in response to some of its positions, including refusing to allow the ordination of women and the relocation of child-abusing priests.

Taking many of her experiences as a young pre- and post-Vatican II Catholic, Henry delves into the unyielding underbelly of the Church. In this slim but powerful work, which is structured in the format of a Roman Catholic mass, Henry examines the role of women within its ranks by weaving the lives of three women over different periods, all of whom had prayed in the same pew in the same cathedral over the years.

The author believes that “one’s spirituality and relationship with God rarely survives being institutionalized” and uses that theme throughout her novel. It is her hope that readers will become empowered and validated, and become part of a community where the “church” is the brother and sisterhood of their own making, held together by love and kindness, not rules and fear.

About the Author

Kathleen M. Henry attended parochial school through graduate school and is a community ordained priest, as well as a fiction artist. She attended Manhattanville College and graduated from Marquette University. She has served as the Chair of the Massachusetts Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth and is active in the non-profit organization called the Friends of GLBT Youth. She and her spouse of four decades share homes in Boston and Truro, Massachusetts. Find out more at www.kathleenhenry.com. The author is available for interviews.

Available from iUniverse, Inc., Barnesandnoble.com, and Amazon.com

ISBN: 978-0-595-52412-5 – Trade Paper – 124 pages – $10.95

iUniverse offers a variety of publishing services to help individuals publish, market and sell fiction, poetry and nonfiction books. The company utilizes print-on-demand technology, and is one of the largest self-publishing companies in the U.S. iUniverse is based in Bloomington, Indiana.

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