Mary Frances McKenna is a tutor for the Centre for Marian Studies at University of Roehampton and chair of the relaunched Dublin (Ireland) branch of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She received her PhD at All Hallows College, Dublin City University, and her MA and BA in history at University College Dublin. She has published on the topic of faith and knowledge in relation to science and philosophy. This is a revision of a dissertation completed at All Hallows College, Dublin City University, Ireland under Tom Dalzell.
"Innovation within Tradition" explores Joseph Ratzinger's biblical interpretation of women and salvation history. Arguing that Benedict's Ratzinger's concept of a "female line in the Bible" brings the female characters of Scripture to the fore.