Church and Revolution

ISBN-10: 0385487541

ISBN-13: 9780385487542

Edition: 1998

Authors: Thomas Bokenkotter

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Though sometimes a source of controversy regarding certain issues, the Catholic Church has in many ways lead the struggle for social justice and rights for the poor in our age. Pope John Paul II never lets an opportunity pass without insisting on the need for greater respect for human rights and the need to alleviate the pains of poverty. In the United States the Catholic Church is the single largest private organization providing assistance to the underprivileged--operating soup kitchens and shelters for the homeless, providing care for the sick, and education for the needy. But this struggle was not always a top priority. In fact, at the time of the French Revolution the Catholic Church was among the most conservative and reactionary of the world's powers. Church and Revolution deals with the interesting historical question: How did the Catholic Church develop from being a defender of the status quo to being a progressive force in world affairs? Thomas Bokenkotter traces the development of social justice in the Church over the 200 years since the French Revolution through portraits of fifteen colorful figures who were all key to the political revolutions of the past two centuries and who also effected the Church's response to them--including Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero; Irish emancipator Daniel O'Connell; founder of the American Catholic Worker movement, Dorothy Day; and Polish electrician and President, Lech Walesa.
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List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/17/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 596
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

THOMAS BOKENKOTTER, the author of the bestselling "Church and Revolution," teaches at Xavier University. He is also the pastor of Assumption Church and is active in the social ministry, running a soup kitchen that he founded twenty years ago and a transitional living facility for homeless women and children. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The French Revolution (1789-1914)
Three Who Failed: Lamennais (1782-1854), Lacordaire (1802-1861), and Montalembert (1810-1870), Pioneers of Liberal Catholicism
Daniel O'Connell (1775-1847): Liberal Catholic Leader of a Bloodless Revolution
Frederick Ozanam (1813-1853): A "Yes" to the Revolution
Karl Marx's (1818-1883) Call for a Workers' Revolution
A Bishop Who Heard What Marx Was Saying: Henry Edward Manning (1808-1892)
Albert de Mun (1841-1914): Knight of the Syllabus, from Royalist to Reformer
Monsignor Benigni's (1862-1934) Counterrevolution
Don Sturzo (1871-1959) vs. Mussolini's Revolution
Two Catholic Revolutionaries: Michael Collins (1890-1922) and Eamon de Valera (1882-1975)
Maritain (1882-1973) and Mounier I (1905-1950)
The Personalist Revolution: Maritain and Mounier II
Dorothy Day (1897-1980): The Personalist Revolution, American Style
Konrad Adenauer (1876-1967): The Resurrection of Germany
Oscar Romero (1917-1980) and Revolution in El Salvador
Lech Walesa's (1943-) Revolution
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