Paul Dionne Submitted photo

Lewiston author Paul Dionne will give a talk as part of the Books and Stories program beginning at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at the The Franco Center in Lewiston.

“The Priestess and the Pope,” by Paul Dionne Submitted photo

“Madeleine’s Inquisition,” by Paul Dionne Submitted photo

Dionne, author of “The Priestess and the Pope” and new “Madeleine’s Inquisition” will discuss the basic theme of his books which is that the religious subordination of one sex to the other is wrong. About “Madeleine’s Inquisition,” Dionne writes, “Madeleine Moreau, poverty stricken and alone, struggles to provide for herself and her children, her future bleak, foreboding and empty. She draws strength in her darkest hour when the Monsignor of Paris charges her with witchcraft and threatens to tear her family apart.”

“The Priestess and the Pope” is “a gripping story around the history of women leaders in the early church and the scandal of their subordination in the rise of Christianity. Across eras, readers learn the fate of rebellious churches and women priests as they move through the life and death of Jesus, the fall of the Roman Empire, and the systematic purging of history by the Vatican,” according to Dionne.

Dionne was born in Lewiston and graduated from Lewiston High School and Kents Hill Preparatory School where he played hockey and baseball. He then graduated from Providence College where he received his bachelor’s degree in history followed by a commission as a Lieutenant in the United States Army (1966-1968). He saw action in Vietnam. After his discharge, he returned to Maine and attended the University of Maine Law School where he received a Juris Doctorate degree. He practiced law in Maine and was elected as Mayor of Lewiston (1980-1984).

Admission to this author’s talk is free. It is suggested that participants buy the featured books ahead of the book talk and bring them to be signed by the author.

The Franco Center is located in the former St. Mary’s Church at 46 Cedar St., Lewiston. Parking is available in the mill lot. The building is handicap accessible on the Lincoln St. Alley side.

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