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Catholic Revolution New Wine, Old Wineskins, and the Second Vatican Council

ISBN-10: 0520244818

ISBN-13: 9780520244818

Edition: 2005

Authors: Andrew M. Greeley

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How, a mere generation after Vatican Council II initiated the biggest reform since the Reformation, can the Catholic Church be in such deep trouble? The question resonates through this new book by Andrew Greeley, the most recognized, respected, and influential commentator on American Catholic life. A timely and much-needed review of forty years of Church history,The Catholic Revolutionoffers a genuinely new interpretation of the complex and radical shift in American Catholic attitudes since the second Vatican Council (1962-1965). Drawing on a wealth of data collected over the last thirty years, Greeley points to a rift between the higher and lower orders in the Church that began in the wake of Vatican Council II--when bishops, euphoric in their (temporary) freedom from the obstructions of the Roman Curia, introduced modest changes that nonetheless proved too much for still-rigid structures of Catholicism: the "new wine" burst the "old wineskins." As the Church leadership tried to reimpose the old order, clergy and the laity, newly persuaded that "unchangeable" Catholicism could in fact change, began to make their own reforms, sweeping away the old "rules" that no longer made sense. The revolution that Greeley describes brought about changes that continue to reverberate--in a chasm between leadership and laity, and in a whole generation of Catholics who have become Catholic on their own terms. Coming at a time of crisis and doubt for the Catholic Church, this richly detailed, deeply thoughtful analysis brings light and clarity to the years of turmoil that have shaken the foundations, if not the faith, of American Catholics.
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 5/13/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 237
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Andrew M. Greeley describes himself, first and foremost, as a Roman Catholic priest. He is also, however, a sociologist, an author of more than 100 non-fiction works of theology, sociology, prayer, and poetry, a professor of sociology, a newspaper columnist, and a successful novelist, writing in several genres, including mystery and science fiction. His fiction, which often tells stories of crime and scandal in the Roman Catholic church, can be violent and lurid and is considered controversial by many Church leaders. Greeley has written on such issues as homosexuality in the clergy, pedophilia, and papal politics, and has penned a series of mystery novels starring Father Blackie Ryan. Greeley was born in 1928 and is a native of Chicago, where he is a research associate at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. He has made a great contribution to the Chicago area by establishing a $1 million Catholic Inner-City School Fund to provide scholarships and funding to parochial schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago that have a high minority enrollment.

List of Tables
Introduction
Old Wineskins
A Catholic Revolution
The "Confident" Church
The Wineskins Burst
What Happened?
"Effervescence" Spreads from the Council to the World
How Do They Stay?
New Rules, New Prophets, and Beige Catholicism
Only in America?
Why They Stay
Priests
The Search for New Wineskins
Recovering the Catholic Heritage
Religious Education and Beauty
Authority as Charm
Liturgists and the Laity
Conclusion
Notes
References