Since Finbarr M Corr came from Ireland to the US in 1960 as a missionary priest, he has led a very full life. His ministry included working with inner-city youth and the adults of Northern New Jersey as well as counseling engaged and married couples. From his early years in Paterson, NJ, he was not just tolerant of other cultures and religions, but built bridges of communication and trust among people so that together they could work together for a better world.

After 28 joy-filled years as a Catholic priest, Finbarr resigned the priesthood to marry Laurie Hutton. He continued his ministry as marriage and family therapist, professor and writer. An active Rotarian, he now fosters dialogue between Muslims, Jews and Christians as a step towards world peace and understanding.

Finbarr many readers enjoy his Irish wit, the insights into relationships that he offers, and the way in which he encourages all not to be inhibited by life's obstacles but to the cross the bridge to a more fulfilling life.

Bless Me, Mother

Bless Me, Mother; How the Church Hierarchy Fail Women
As Dr. Finbarr Corr was writing his book entitled Broken Promises…Whatever Happened to Vatican Council II? the following question haunted him.: Why doesn’t the male hierarchy have more respect for the important roles women have played in the Church? He decided to research the past and present situation and that is how this new book was born.

Based on his own history as a priest and psychotherapist, Dr. Corr has combined thorough research with scholarship and wit to provide a thoughtful and challenging text. It is truly an inspiring piece of literature.

During the decades he served as a priest he found women making a tremendous contribution to parish life. Later as a pastor he included women in his team approach and found their participation was very valuable. When he established the Family Life agency in the Paterson Diocese of New Jersey, he was very impressed by the women who served as leaders and featured speakers.

Born in Ireland, he was well aware that women could rise to great heights and assume vast responsibilities as evidenced throughout Celtic history. In more recent times, women of high intelligence and inspirational wisdom have even served as President of the Irish Nation. In Ireland it is not unusual for a woman’s picture to adorn currency.

This book is a must read for anyone who wishes to gain more understanding of the role of women in the Church.

Tom O’Connell
B.A. Boston College; M.A. Boston University
Irish storyteller and author of Power, Politics and Propaganda


In the introduction to Bless me, Mother; How Church leaders fail Women the author quotes President Jimmy Carter's commentary on "the plight of many women, who are violated and suffer in the minefield, where mail domination, narcissism and violence of all kinds is rampant and moreover tolerated."

The author, who served in the priesthood for 28 years, was surprised to learn, doing his research, that the hostility between the Catholic Church's male hierarchy and women religious began a century before Vatican Council II (1962-65).

He writes, "Today, with Catholic women religious and Catholic lay women becoming leaders of international Church organizations there is a renewed promise for women sharing equal authority with men in the future Church."

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