American Catholic Revolution How the Sixties Changed the Church Forever

ISBN-10: 0199734127

ISBN-13: 9780199734122

Edition: 2010

Authors: Mark S. Massa

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The Second Vatican Council enacted the most sweeping changes the Catholic Church had seen in centuries. In the United States, it launched a war--a series of cultural clashes that Mark Massa calls the ''Catholic Sixties.'' The first stirrings of upheaval took place in the pews. Changes to the mass were felt immediately and viscerally by the faithful. Suddenly, one Sunday, the mass as they had always known it was different, and so was the Church they had believed was timeless and unchanging. Once the Church opened the door to change, Massa argues, it could not be closed again. Skirmishes broke out over the proper way to worship. Soon, Catholics were bitterly divided over birth control, abortion, celibacy, female priests, and the authority of the Church itself. These battles were waged within the Church, but they mirrored and shaped the larger conflicts in American society. In readable and compelling prose, Massa tells the story of Vatican II and the culture war it ignited--a war that is still being waged as fiercely as ever.
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List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/16/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 6.75" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990

Mark Massa, S.J., is the Karl Rahner Professor of Theology and the co-director of the Curran Center for American Catholic Studies at Fordham University. He is the author of Catholics and American Culture and Anti-Catholicism in America.

Preface: "Something Irreversible Has Happended,"
A Brief History Catholic Time
Frederick McManus and Worship in the United States
Humanae Vitae in the United States
The Charles Curran Affair
The Dangers of Hisotry
"Death Shall Have No Dominion!"
Avery Dulles and the Law of Unintended Consequences
Things Change
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