How, an insignificant new release after Vatican Council II initiated the most important reform because the Reformation, can the Catholic Church be in such deep hassle? The query resonates via this new e-book by way of Andrew Greeley, the main famous, revered, and influential commentator on American Catholic existence. A well timed and much-needed evaluation of 40 years of Church heritage, The Catholic Revolution offers a really new interpretation of the complicated and radical shift in American Catholic attitudes because the moment Vatican Council (1962-1965).
Drawing on a wealth of information gathered during the last thirty years, Greeley issues to a rift among the better and decrease orders within the Church that begun within the wake of Vatican Council II—when bishops, euphoric of their (temporary) freedom from the obstructions of the Roman Curia, brought modest alterations that still proved an excessive amount of for still-rigid constructions of Catholicism: the "new wine" burst the "old wineskins." because the Church management attempted to reimpose the outdated order, clergy and the laity, newly persuaded that "unchangeable" Catholicism may possibly actually swap, started to make their very own reforms, sweeping away the previous "rules" that now not made experience. The revolution that Greeley describes led to adjustments that proceed to reverberate—in a chasm among management and laity, and in a complete iteration of Catholics who've turn into Catholic all alone phrases.
Coming at a time of obstacle and doubt for the Catholic Church, this richly distinct, deeply considerate research brings mild and readability to the years of turmoil that experience shaken the rules, if now not the religion, of yank Catholics.
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