Catholic Labyrinth Power, Apathy, and a Passion for Reform in the American Church
List price: $33.95
30 day, 100% satisfaction guarantee
If an item you ordered from TextbookRush does not meet your expectations due to an error on our part, simply fill out a return request and then return it by mail within 30 days of ordering it for a full refund of item cost.
Learn more about our returns policy
Description: Sexual abuse scandals, declining attendance, a meltdown in the number of priests and nuns, the closing of many parishes and parochial schools-all have shaken American Catholicism. Yet conservatives have increasingly dominated the church hierarchy.InThe Catholic Labyrinth, Peter McDonough tells a tale of multiple struggles that animate various groups-the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, Voice of the Faithful, and the Leadership Roundtable chief among them-pushing to modernize the church. One contest pits reformers against those who back age-old standards of sexual behavior and gender roles. Another area of contention, involving efforts to maintain the church's far-flung operations in education, social services, and healthcare, raises constitutional issues about the separation of church and state. Once a sidebar to this debate, the bishops' campaign to control the terms of employment and access to contraceptives in church-sponsored ministries has fueled conflict further.McDonough draws on behind-the-scenes documentation and personal interviews with leading reformers and "loyalists" to explore how both retrenchment and resistance to clericalism have played out in American Catholicism. Despite growing support for optional celibacy among priests, the ordination of women, and similar changes, and in the midst of numerous departures from the church, immigration and a lingering reaction against the upheavals of the sixties have helped sustain a popular traditionalism among "Catholics in the pews." So have the polemics of Catholic neoconservatives. These demographic and cultural factors-as well as the silent dissent of those who simply ignore rather than oppose the church's more regressive positions-have reinforced a culture of deference that impedes reform. At the same time, selective managerial improvements show promise of advancing incremental change.Timely and incisive,The Catholic Labyrinthcaptures the church at a historical crossroads, as advocates for change struggle to reconcile religious mores with the challenges of modernity.
Rush Rewards U
You have reached 400 XP and carrot coins. That is the daily max!
Limited time offer:
Get the first one free!
All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/15/2013
Size: 9.50" wide x 6.50" long x 1.40" tall
|The Matrix of American Catholicism|
|The Dynamics of Tradition|
|Prisoners in the Promised Land: Neoconservatism as Culture and Strategy|
|Feminism versus the Family?|
|Welfare Reform, American Values, and the Triumph of Catholic Neoconservatism|
|Conciliarism and Other Dormant Traditions|
|Managerialism and the Catholic Deficit|
|SNAP and the Strategy of Confrontation|
|Voice of the Faithful and the Struggle for Catholic Pluralism|
|The Leadership Roundtable and the Long March through the Institutions|
|Future Church and the Fog of Reform|
|Two Steps Forward…|
|In the Labyrinth|