Spirit of Vatican II A History of Catholic Reform in America

ISBN-10: 0465044808
ISBN-13: 9780465044801
Edition: 2011
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Description: In 1962 a group of Catholic leaders traveled to Rome, charged by Pope John XXIII with the task of making the gospel of Christ relevant in a modern world. The Second Vatican Council transformed the lives of Catholics through sweeping reforms--yet its  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Perseus Books Group
Publication date: 3/29/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100

In 1962 a group of Catholic leaders traveled to Rome, charged by Pope John XXIII with the task of making the gospel of Christ relevant in a modern world. The Second Vatican Council transformed the lives of Catholics through sweeping reforms--yet its effect on the daily lives of practicing Catholics has never been fully understood. In this illuminating study, religious historian Colleen McDannell presents new insight into Vatican II by shifting the framework of its analysis: from men to women, from urban to suburban, from theory to practice. Using the story of her Catholic mother's life as a narrative thread, McDannell presents in The Spirit of Vatican IIa refreshingly positive portrayal of the state of modern Catholicism--and a testament to the lasting effects of its liberalization.

Colleen McDannell is Sterling McMurrin Chair of Religious Studies and associate professor of history at the University of Utah.

Introduction
Catholic Neighborhoods
Postwar Suburbs
Gathering in Los Angeles and Rome
The Council and Its Decisions
Uneven Acceptance
Design for Change
A Deciding People
Legacies
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliographical Essay
Index

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