Do you ever wonder why the Catholic Church only allows men to be ordained to the priesthood? Is this just another way to keep women suppressed? During this Year for Priests called for by Pope Benedict XVI, Dr. Pia de Solenni discusses the role of the priest and the true vocation of women. She challenges us to truly understand Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, an apostolic letter written by Pope John Paul II and considered to be a definitive document on the ordination of women. Dr. de Solenni examines how this document is an opportunity to discuss the vocation of women in its fullness, a fullness which we have yet to reach. BIO: Dr. Pia de Solenni is an ethicist and moral theologian who speaks and writes on a variety of cultural and moral issues. Her work has appeared in various publications including The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Associated Press. She is a frequent commentator on MSNBC, FOX, CNN and other nationally televised programs.

Dr. de Solenni received her doctorate in sacred theology summa cum laude from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome, where she received an award for her doctoral work. The award was presented by the late Pope John Paul II.

In addition to the doctorate, Dr. de Solenni holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts-Great Books from Thomas Aquinas College, California; a Sacred Theology Baccalaureate from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome; and a Sacred Theology Licentiate from Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome.