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That sounds like an accusation Martin Luther himself might have made, but the truth is that the connection between priestly celibacy and priestly sex abuse has never been definitely established and is still hotly debated. (And the charge is hardly flattering or fair to those of us single people who obey Christian teachings on celibacy, whether Catholic or Protestant.)

These flaws aside, however, Tucker has given us a valuable resource on the life of a woman who deserves to be much better known and respected. If Katie was not a theological giant like the men, or even a few of the women, who helped launch the Reformation, Tucker nonetheless makes a convincing case that she was indispensable to it.

Gina Dalfonzo is the author of One by One: Welcoming the Singles in Your Church (Baker).

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