Toward a New Catholic Church

The Promise of Reform


Author: James Carroll

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618313372

Category: Religion

Page: 130

View: 8142

Discusses essential issues facing the Catholic Church and offers a case for democracy within the Church and a new way to approach reform.

Towards a New Catholic Church in Advanced Modernity

Transformations, Visions, Tensions


Author: Staf Hellemans

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 3643902042

Category: Religion

Page: 277

View: 1930

A new Catholic Church is emerging in the West, one that is very different from the Church before 1960. This book describes the new Church-in-the-making - its new position in society, its new structuring and workings, and its new frame of mind. The book also looks in a prospective way at some basic issues the Church has to deal with, such as imagining the Church in advanced modernity, attracting both youth and adults, rebuilding local communities, refashioning liturgy, and rethinking pastoral guidance. The book is the result of an interdisciplinary endeavor by philosophers, sociologists, and theologians. (Series: Tilburg Theological Studies / Tilburger Theologische Studien - Vol. 5)

Towards a Truly Catholic Church

An Ecclesiology for the Third Millennium


Author: Thomas P. Rausch

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 9780814651872

Category: Religion

Page: 235

View: 3152

"Ecclesiology which takes into account the Second Vatican Council, ecumenism, and globalization"--Provided by publisher.

Toward a Catholic Constitution


Author: Leonard J. Swidler

Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company


Category: Religion

Page: 191

View: 4642

This examination of a constitution for the Catholic Church discusses reforms instigated by the Second Vatican Council, encourages the Church renewal movement for laypeople, and includes a proposed constitution by the Second Vatican Council

To Change the Church

Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism


Author: Ross Douthat

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501146947

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 6648

A New York Times columnist and one of America’s leading conservative thinkers considers Pope Francis’s efforts to change the church he governs. Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in 1936, today Pope Francis is the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Francis’s stewardship of the Church, while perceived as a revelation by many, has provoked division throughout the world. “If a conclave were to be held today,” one Roman source told The New Yorker, “Francis would be lucky to get ten votes.” In To Change the Church, Douthat explains why the particular debate Francis has opened—over communion for the divorced and the remarried—is so dangerous: How it cuts to the heart of the larger argument over how Christianity should respond to the sexual revolution and modernity itself, how it promises or threatens to separate the church from its own deep past, and how it divides Catholicism along geographical and cultural lines. Douthat argues that the Francis era is a crucial experiment for all of Western civilization, which is facing resurgent external enemies (from ISIS to Putin) even as it struggles with its own internal divisions, its decadence, and self-doubt. Whether Francis or his critics are right won’t just determine whether he ends up as a hero or a tragic figure for Catholics. It will determine whether he’s a hero, or a gambler who’s betraying both his church and his civilization into the hands of its enemies.

Waking Up Catholic

A Guide to Catholic Beliefs for Converts, Reverts, and Anyone Becoming Catholic


Author: Chad R. Torgerson

Publisher: Assisi Media

ISBN: 0989531902

Category: Theology, Doctrinal

Page: 154

View: 4647

Are you new to Catholicism and become a recent "Catholic convert"? Did you grow up Catholic and return as a "Catholic revert"? Are you interested in "becoming Catholic" for the first time? If you want to learn more about basic Catholic beliefs, Waking Up Catholic: A Guide to Catholic Beliefs for Converts, Reverts, and Anyone Becoming Catholic is the book for you. The depth of Catholic theology is one of its greatest beauties, but understanding it can be one of its greatest challenges. You have questions. Waking Up Catholic has answers. Learn about: How does Catholic Tradition fit in with Scripture? Why do we have a pope? Do Catholics "really" worship Mary? Why do Catholics pray to saints? Is Holy Communion just a symbol of Christ? What is the purpose of Confession? Do repetitious Catholic prayers really work? And more... Waking Up Catholic answers these questions, and more, from the perspective of someone who converted to Catholicism himself. Waking Up Catholic may be the first Catholic book you've ever read, but after you're done, it won't be the last.

Toward a Catholic Theology of Nationality


Author: Dorian Llywelyn

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739140918

Category: Religion

Page: 342

View: 7930

Nationality continues to be an important part of how people identify themselves and others. 'Who am I?' is inseparable from the question 'Who and what are we?' Historically, many nations have made use of the Bible and Christian notions to understand themselves and to justify their political ambitions. Catholic theology, however, has never elaborated on a systematic treatment of nationality. Dorian Llywelyn forges a new approach, treating the nation as a form of culture. He addresses some key questions: How are the religious and national aspects of human identity connected? What does Catholic doctrine have to say about nationality and nationalism? Is there really such a thing as a Christian nation? Is Catholicism compatible with patriotism? Llywelyn's wide-ranging book introduces the reader to contemporary approaches to nationality, nationality, national identity, nationalism and patriotism. Drawing from the insights of sociology, history, and anthropology, he investigates the many ways in which nations and Christianity have intertwined and explores what scripture and twentieth-century papal teaching have to say on the matter. He provides an original, Catholic theology of national belonging, one which is based on the implications of the Incarnation. Examining popular devotions to the Virgin Mary as national patroness and drawing from the metaphysical acumen of the medieval thinker John Duns Scotus, Llywelyn argues for the theological value of nationality and proposes that global community and cultural and national diversity are mutually necessary values.

Constantine's Sword

The Church and the Jews


Author: James Carroll

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618219087

Category: Religion

Page: 756

View: 5926

Examines the two-thousand-year relationship between Christianity and Judaism, examining the long entrenched tradition of anti-Semitism that culminated in the Church's failure to protest the Holocaust during World War II.

Marriage and the Catholic Church

Disputed Questions


Author: Michael G. Lawler

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 9780814651162

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 226

View: 3157

It is an open secret that marriage is in crisis in the United States and that the marriages of Catholics are not significantly different from other marriages. In Marriage and the Catholic Church Michael Lawler confronts the difficult questions in the Catholic theology of marriage. Lawler, among the leading Catholic voices on the theology of marriage, does not shy away from the difficult questions, but confronts them honestly, historically accurately, and pastorally. He highlights a Catholic approach to premarital relationships, to marriage, to divorce, and to remarriage. He examines the relationship of marriage and sacrament, faith and sacrament, friendship in marriage, divorce and remarriage, cohabitation, family, interchurch marriages, and the changing models of marriage in the Catholic tradition. The whole offers a fresh look at the Catholic theology of marriage for a new millennium. Chapter 1 looks at marriage as a sacrament. Chapter 2 then asks what models of marriage function in the contemporary Catholic Church. Chapter 3 considers what it takes to transform the social reality of marriage into the Catholic sacrament and answers that it takes personal faith. Lawler looks into the bonds or relationships in marriage in Chapter 4. He offers an extended consideration of divorce and remarriage in the Catholic Church in Chapter 5. In Chapter 6 he offers theological and pastoral reflections on interchurch marriage. He analyzes the Christian reality and value of friendship and reflects on its contribution to the stability of marriage in Chapter 7. Lawler inquires, in Chapter 8, whether cohabitation could, again as in the past, be counted as a step in the process of becoming married in the Catholic tradition. Finally in Chapter 9 he seeks to construct a theology of Christian family and reflects on what that theology, and the families rooted in it, can contribute to American families in their present crisis. Chapters are Marriage and the Sacrament of Marriage," "Catholic Models of Marriage," "Faith and Sacrament in Christian Marriage," "On the Bonds of Marriage," "Divorce and Remarriage in the Catholic Church," "Interchurch Marriages: Theological and Pastoral Reflections," "Friendship and Marriage," "Cohabitation and Marriage in the Catholic Church: A Proposal," and "Toward a Theology of Christian Family." Michael G. Lawler, PhD, is the Amelia B. and Emil G. Graff Chair in Catholic Theological Studies and Dean Emeritus of the Graduate School at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He directs the Center for Marriage and Family, whose studies of marriage preparation, interchurch marriages, and the first five years of marriage have gained international acclaim. "

The Authority of Women in the Catholic Church


Author: Monica Migliorino Miller

Publisher: Emmaus Road Publishing

ISBN: 1941447171

Category: Religion

Page: 194

View: 8198

The Authority of Women in the Catholic Church elucidates the essential role women play in the covenant of salvation. With the support of Scripture, the writings of the Fathers of the Church, and contemporary theological insights, Monica Migliorino Miller explains how Christian women exemplify the reality of the Church in relation to Christ and the ministerial priesthood. While providing a fascinating response to contemporary feminist theology, The Authority of Women in the Catholic Church clarifies the meaning of authentic feminine authority so needed in the Church today.

Polarization in the US Catholic Church

Naming the Wounds, Beginning to Heal


Author: Mary Ellen Konieczny,Charles C. Camosy,Tricia C. Bruce

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 0814646905

Category: Religion

Page: 200

View: 6311

It is no secret: the body of Christ in the United States is broken. While universality—and unity amid diversity—is a fundamental characteristic of Roman Catholicism, all-too-familiar issues related to gender, sexuality, race, and authority have rent the church. Healthy debates, characteristic of a living tradition, suffer instead from an absence of genuine engagement and dialogue. But there is still much that binds American Catholics. In naming the wounds and exploring their social and religious underpinnings, Polarization in the US Catholic Church underscores how shared beliefs and aspirations can heal deep fissures and the hurts they have caused. Cutting across disciplinary and political lines, this volume brings essential commentary in the direction of reclaimed universality among American Catholics.

The Catholic Church and Conversion


Author: G. K. Chesterton

Publisher: Aeterna Press


Category: Religion

Page: N.A

View: 3626

It is with diffidence that anyone born into the Faith can approach the tremendous subject of Conversion. Indeed, it is easier for one still quite unacquainted with the Faith to approach that subject than it is for one who has had the advantage of the Faith from childhood. There is at once a sort of impertinence in approaching an experience other than one’s own (necessarily more imperfectly grasped), and an ignorance of the matter. Those born into the Faith very often go through an experience of their own parallel to, and in some way resembling, that experience whereby original strangers to the Faith come to see it and to accept it. Those born into the Faith often, I say, go through an experience of scepticism in youth, as the years proceed, and it is still a common phenomenon (though not so often to be observed as it was a lifetime ago) for men of the Catholic culture, acquainted with the Church from childhood, to leave it in early manhood and never to return.

Toward a catholic Christianity

A Study in Critical Belonging


Author: Michael Halpin McCarthy

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 1498538029

Category: Religion

Page: 322

View: 5789

Critical belonging has been an essential feature of Christianity since its origin. This book shows how, by working collaboratively, the “people of God” can credibly meet past and present challenges together. In this way, the diversity and unity within the Christian community are acknowledged and affirmed.

Evangelicals and Catholics Together

Toward a Common Mission


Author: Charles W. Colson,Richard John Neuhaus

Publisher: Thomas Nelson Incorporated

ISBN: 9780849938603

Category: Religion

Page: 236

View: 4853

In March 1994, several prominent evangelical Protestant and Roman Catholic leaders gathered together for one historic purpose--unity. As these leaders explored previously divisive issues, they developed an unprecedented and controversial statement of common mission, called "Evangelicals and Catholics Together". In the wake of this controversy, the authors have continued their partnership with this landmark book of the same name.

American Church

The Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall, and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America


Author: Russell B. Shaw

Publisher: Ignatius Press

ISBN: 1681490358

Category: Religion

Page: 233

View: 1042

Has the Americanization of American Catholics--their cultural assimilation, that is--been a blessing or a curse for the Church in the United States? Or has it been a bit of both? In The Gibbons Legacy Russell Shaw takes a searching look at that question and reaches a disturbing conclusion. Cultural assimilation, which was ardently championed by churchmen like the great Cardinal James Gibbons of Baltimore around the turn of the last century, has undoubtedly conferred many benefits on Catholics. Their absorption into the secular culture of America, however, now threatens the Catholic identity of millions of faithful and of their institutions, such as schools, universities, and hospitals. Shaw does not offer this conclusion as an unsupported generalization. The Gibbons Legacy is a richly documented analysis of a process extending over two centuries. Colorful characters and dramatic incidents abound, including the nineteenth-century intellectual feud between Father Orestes Brownson and the Transcendentalist convert to Catholicism Isaac Hecker, Pope Leo XIII's condemnation of Americanism, the anti-Catholicism that greeted the presidential campaigns of Al Smith and John F. Kennedy, and the numerous intra-Church conflicts that have divided American Catholics since the Second Vatican Council. In concluding his study, Shaw offers a number of thoughtprovoking suggestions about what the Church in America needs to do now in the face of an ongoing decline that is sapping its strength and may threaten its very survival.

Shattered Faith

A Woman's Struggle to Stop the Catholic Church from Annuling Her Marriage


Author: Sheila Rauch Kennedy

Publisher: Pantheon

ISBN: 030783378X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 2337

In 1993, Sheila Rauch Kennedy received a letter from the Boston Catholic Archdiocese announcing that her former husband, Congressman Joseph Kennedy, was seeking an annulment of their marriage. If the Church granted the annulment, the marriage, which had lasted twelve years, would be rendered nonexistent -- not simply ended, as was stated in the divorce decree, but invalid from the start. And their two sons would be regarded as children of an unsanctified union. Joseph Kennedy needed the annulment to remarry within the Church, and he encouraged his ex-wife to ignore the details. Stunned by the hypocrisy of the process and the betrayal of trust it involved, Sheila Rauch Kennedy was determined to defend the legitimacy of her former marriage. Shattered Faith is the fascinating chronicle of that struggle, and of what Kennedy uncovered about the uses and frequency of annulments in the United States. Interweaving her own experiences with those of other women whose trust in the Church was shattered by annulment, she tells a story that will surprise, anger, and move readers of every faith.

How to Go from Being a Good Evangelical to a Committed Catholic in Ninety-Five Difficult Steps


Author: Christian Smith

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621892441

Category: Religion

Page: 214

View: 6837

American evangelicalism has recently experienced a new openness to Roman Catholicism, and many evangelicals, both famous and ordinary, have joined the Catholic Church or are considering the possibility. This book helps evangelicals who are exploring Catholicism to sort out the kind of concerns that typically come up in discerning whether to enter into the full communion of the Catholic Church. In simple language, it explains many theological misunderstandings that evangelicals often have about Catholicism and suggests the kind of practical steps many take to enter the Catholic Church. The book frames evangelicals becoming Roman Catholic as a kind of "paradigm shift" involving the buildup of anomalies about evangelicalism, a crisis of the evangelical paradigm, a paradigm revolution, and the consolidation of the new Catholic paradigm. It will be useful for both evangelicals interested in pursuing and understanding Catholicism and Catholic pastoral workers seeking to help evangelical seekers who come to them.

The Future Church

How Ten Trends Are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church


Author: John L. Allen

Publisher: Image Books

ISBN: 0385520395

Category: Religion

Page: 469

View: 3656

Offers a forecast about the future of the Catholic Church and the implications of the changes that will occur, identifying ten important trends that will revolutionize the the policies, doctrines, and practices of Catholicism over the next century.

Goodbye Father

The Celibate Male Priesthood and the Future of the Catholic Church


Author: Richard A. Schoenherr,David Yamane

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0195175751

Category: Religion

Page: 320

View: 2652

In the four decades ending in the year 2000, the number of priests will decline by 40% while the number of Catholics will grow by 65%. Schoenherr sees the priest shortage as the major force for change within the Catholic Church, and his book explores the reasons for the decline as well as its broad implications for the nature and control of the church. Schoenherr argues that mandatory celibacy is the primary cause of the shortage. He predicts that the shortage, along with the feminist movement among nuns and laywomen, doctrinal changes, and the growing pluralism in the church will lead to the end of mandatory celibacy, albeit after bitter clashes with conservative forces.

Hurting in the Church

A Way Forward for Wounded Catholics


Author: Fr. Thomas Berg

Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor

ISBN: 1681920468

Category: Religion

Page: 208

View: 361

“Hurting in the Church provides a psychologically wise and spiritually profound path forward for Catholics who have been abused, traumatized, or wounded by other Catholics — especially those in leadership. Chapter 10 on how to recover one’s belief in and love for the Church is worth the price of the book alone!” -- Sherry Weddell, Best-selling author of Forming Intentional Disciples “An honest and much-needed book that addresses ... the many Catholics who feel marginalized, ignored, hurt, insulted and even abused by the Church.”—Fr. James Martin, SJ, author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage “It took courage for Father Berg to write with such honesty and transparency, and his courage will give you courage—not only to confront sin and weakness within the Church, but also to give God another chance to help you rediscover him within the embrace of the Church despite the failings of her members.”—Fr. Jonathan Morris, author of New York Times Bestseller, The Way of Serenity “Here is an unflinching examination of the Church’s brokenness ... along with practical advice and the promise of hope for the challenging path forward. Fearless in his assessment, Father Berg is equally confident that in Jesus and with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can move toward healing and wholeness.”—Cardinal Timothy Dolan ABOUT THE AUTHOR Father Berg is professor of moral theology and vice-rector at St Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers, NY. He earned his doctorate in philosophy at Rome’s Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum. In addition to scholarly work in bioethics, he has also been published or quoted in Homiletic & Pastoral Review, Crisis Magazine, First Things, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. An avid runner, hiker, and cigar aficionado, he escapes as often as he can to Cape May, New Jersey.