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Being Catholic Now: Prominent Americans Talk About Change in the Church and the Quest for Meaning [Hardcover]

By Kerry Kennedy (Author)
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Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.76" Width: 6.21" Height: 0.99"
Weight:   1.16 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 9, 2008
Publisher   Crown
ISBN  0307346846  
EAN  9780307346841  


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Reflecting on her own relationship with the Catholic Church, a human rights activist brings together interviews with more than thirty other Catholics who speak out candidly on their own faith, with contributions from Frank McCourt, Anna Quindlen, Bill O'Reilly, Cokie Roberts, Nancy Pelosi, Susan Sarandon, and other celebrities, journalists, writers, politicians, and religious leaders. 60,000 first printing.

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For Kerry Kennedy, who grew up in a devoutly Catholic household coping with great loss, her family's faith was a constant source of strength and solace. As an adult, she came to question some of the attitudes and teachings of the Catholic Church while remaining an impassioned believer in its role as a defender of the poor and oppressed.

“Generations ago,” says Kennedy, “the search for spirituality came predefined and prepackaged. [The Church] not only gave us all the answers, it even gave us the questions to ask.” Now many of the old certainties are being reexamined. In an attempt to convey this sea change, Kennedy asked thirty-seven American Catholics to speak candidly about their own faith—whether lost, recovered, or deepened—and about their feelings regarding the way the Church hierarchy is moving forward.

The voices included here range from respectful to reproachful and from appreciative to angry. Speaking their minds are businesspeople, actors and entertainers, educators, journalists, politicians, union leaders, nuns, priests—even a cardinal. Some love the Church; some feel intensely that the Church wronged them. All have an illuminating insight or perspective.

Kerry Kennedy herself speaks of the joy of growing up as one of Robert and Ethel Kennedy's eleven children, of the tragedies that eventually befell her family, and of how religion was deeply woven through good times and bad. Journalist Andrew Sullivan talks about reconciling his devout Catholicism with the Church's condemnation of his identity as a gay man. TV newswoman Cokie Roberts recalls the nuns who taught her and “took girls seriously when nobody else did.” Comedian Bill Maher declares, “I hate religion. It's the worst thing in the world”—and goes on to defend his bold assertion. Writer Anna Quindlen depicts a common parental challenge: passing along traditions and values to a younger generation sometimes deaf to spiritual messages.

Through these and many other voices that speak not only to Catholics but to all of us, Being Catholic Now redefines an ancient institution in the most contemporary of terms.

From Being Catholic Now

“When my mom asked if I wanted to be a nun, I said I'd rather be a priest. . . . The nuns were always wonderful, but the power was with the priest.” —Nancy Pelosi

“There are aspects of studying the saints, with the candles, incense, and Latin Masses and some of the pageantry of the Church that, as an American historian, make me feel part of a larger wave of history. That it's not a newfangled religion, which some people get great solace from. I feel that I'm connected to places.”
—Douglas Brinkley

“Faith isn't like picking courses off a menu. It's a journey, and it's a path. If your path and journey have been within one structure your entire life, then simply leaving isn't an option.” —Andrew Sullivan

“Why stay Catholic? Because the hierarchy is not the Church. . . .We [the people of God] are the Church. They can't take that away from us.” —Cokie Roberts

“I was told very early on by the nuns that I had an ‘overabundance of original sin.' I was a quiet kid, but I was curious. I asked the wrong questions.” —Susan Sarandon

“I don't believe you can be authentically Catholic without being committed to the social doctrine of the Church. When I was in grammar school, we had these little boxes to help the poor. That was good, but that is half of it. The other half is to find out why there are so many poor people and how we can do something to help them.” —Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick

“I am reconciled to the oblivion that is coming. I see no proof of anything else, if it is a matter of faith. I admire people who have faith in God. It must be a great comfort to them, but I had to get out from under the fear and the guilt.” —Frank McCourt

“I went to church and the door was locked. I was knocking and ringing the bell. I waited and waited and nobody came. [The priest thought] there was an emergency, because of all the banging and ringing. He looked down at me and said, ‘What is it?' I said, ‘I'm sorry to bother you, Father, but I've been away from the Church many, many years and I'd like to come back. I'd like to go to confession.' He looked at me and something behind his eyes said, ‘You came to the right place.' He knew that it was an important moment for me; he got it instantly.” —Martin Sheen
“BEING CATHOLIC NOW has something to say to almost every Catholic, or even one-time Catholic, who cracks open its pages…What emerges is an often moving glimpse into people's private lives and their efforts to make sense of both their faith and themselves…Kennedy captures the enormous diversity of Catholic experience and the myriad ways men and women understand their faith and are affected by it. One finishes the book feeling grateful for her subjects' honesty and moved in a hundred different ways by what they reveal of their aspirations and struggles.”
National Catholic Reporter

“Offers an unusually intimate view of how much being raised Catholic shapes the identity of many prominent Americans, but also how much tension many feel with the institutional church.”
The Boston Globe

“Full of vivid tales…faith and the absence of faith are both journeys, and Kennedy's provocative and thoughtful book hears from them all.”
Irish Voice
KERRY KENNEDY established the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights in l988 and, while leading more than forty human-rights delegations to more than thirty countries, has worked on diverse human-rights issues such as child labor, disappearances, ethnic violence, and environmental protection. Kennedy is the author of Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World, which birthed an internationally show­cased play, a stirring photographic exhibition, and a PBS documentary film. Kennedy is a graduate of Brown University and Boston College Law School. She is also the mother of three daughters: Cara, Mariah, and Michaela.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! KERRY KENNEDY established the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights in l988 and, while leading more than forty human-rights delegations to more than thirty countries, has worked on diverse human-rights issues such as child labor, disappearances, ethnic violence, and environmental protection. Kennedy is the author of Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World, which birthed an internationally showcased play, a stirring photographic exhibition, and a PBS documentary film. Kennedy is a graduate of Brown University and Boston College Law School. She is also the mother of three daughters: Cara, Mariah, and Michaela.

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Where was Jesus?  May 28, 2010
I was quickly disappointed in reading this book. Being Catholic for me is an intense relationship with Jesus in the Eucharist. I saw very few examples of that kind of relationship in the book. Instead most of the contributors were either trying to make the Church into their own image (with their own rules) or completely separated from the Church. There were also a few, both in and out of the Church now, that had painful stories that needed to be told. The only real value in this book would be for the leaders in the Church to see how much Catholics need to be redirected (or introduced - for those who missed out completely) to Jesus in the Eucharist, for without this relationship, Catholics would be no different than any other Christians.
 
At last some honest opinions  Dec 2, 2009
What a joy it is to have come across this title. The commentaries are sincere, honest and with a "no holds barred" attitude.

As a Catholic priest - not within the Roman Church - within the framework of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion - it is important for this type of publication to be heard. From the varied viewpoints it would appear that some of the authors would find a welcome home at one of our representations of what it means to be a Catholic/Christian in 2009.

Our doors are open to all; no one is denied that the Table. Our clergy is male, female, married, single, gay, straight as are our parish members.

This honesty makes one truly walk, as Francis of Assisi would say as
"instruments of peace".

Fr. Joe Spina, OSF
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Heresy right from the forward of the book!  Oct 21, 2009
I was dismayed from the get-go after reading the forward and first chapter of the book. I did not read past the third chapter because I felt as if I were reading about self-absorbed celebrities and their sophmoric and dim philosophies on life. After reading Kerry Kennedy's own walk in her faith I realized this book was not for the devout Catholic. The Kennedys in general have done so much harm to what it means to be an authentic Catholic and this book has perpetuated that cycle. I was deeply saddened that her mother would take all the children and leave church because the sermons were too long. To me that shows incredible disrespect for the word of God and the beginning perhaps of why most Kennedys do not live out their faith. I couldn't understand how she came up with some of her conclusions especially with her anger toward the church and Bishops because Cardinal Law wouldn't marry her sibling on the beach instead of in a church where the tabernacle resides - marriage is sacramental Kerry! Reading just the first few chapters was painful and I felt I was reading a book about how these alleged Catholics/pseudo-famous people understand and live out their faith - in disobedience and on their OWN TERMS! Let's remember that in sacred scripture that Christ was obedient - even until death. Let that be an example for us. People....wake up...study your faith....test it....grapple with...pray on it...Christ will answer you and you will find truth if you look hard enough - you just have to open your eyes!
 
on shared upbringings  Jul 4, 2009
This book is perfect for me and my sentiments. Since I was raised and am Catholic, I was very interested in people's thoughts and reasoning for either leaving or staying with the Church. Several of the people interviewed are no longer practicing Catholicism. The people included give diverse thoughts of what being Catholic means. Most of those who have lapsed from the church relate "once Catholic, always Catholic." Since I am mostly a liberal Catholic, I am encouraged by the number of men and women who think the Church's hierarchy should reconsider the role of women in the church. Definitely thought provoking with comments from Peggy Noonan, Martin Sheen, Dan Akroyd, Bill Maher, Susan Sarandon and others whose names aren't as well known to most.
 
Cafeteria Catholicism on Display!!!  Jun 13, 2009
Tales of the Name Only, Cafeteria, Anti-Magisterium, Relativistic, Heretical, Modernistic Catholics. Pick up a Catechism and a Bible and start to practice the faith!!! You know what the Lord says about being Luke Warm...
 

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