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Being Right: Conservative Catholics in America [Hardcover]

Being Right: Conservative Catholics in America [Hardcover]

By R. Scott Appleby (Author)
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Pages   368
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.54" Width: 6.36" Height: 1.04"
Weight:   1.53 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 22, 1995
Publisher   Indiana University Press
ISBN  0253329221  
EAN  9780253329226  

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" Being Right is a significant book and a good read for anyone seriously interested in contemporary American religion." --Nova Religio

"It will be very useful to historians, challenging to theologians and indispensable to anyone trying to make sense of the bewildering variety of Catholic presence in the contemporary United States." --American Catholic Studies Newsletter

" Being Right maps the mental universe of this internally diverse group and offers basic insight into how they see things... " --The Reader's Review

"Editors Mary Jo Weaver and R. Scott Appleby and their collaborators immerse us in a roiling sea of contested assertion and testimony." --First Things

"An in-depth look at these groups, both as they see themselves and as they appear to trained scholars." --David J. O'Brien, College of Holy Cross

"Compliments must be given to Weaver and Appleby... who were able to recruit a distinguished, yet impassioned, group of essayists for this work." --Journal of Church and State

Whether they focus their criticism on pro-choice rhetoric and artificial birth control or the removal of religious symbols from public squares, the Catholics profiled in this book agree that the contemporary church is in crisis.

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MARY JO WEAVER is Professor of Religious Studies and Women s Studies at Indiana University. Among her books are Springs of Water in a Dry Land: Spiritual Survival for Catholic Women Today and New Catholic Women. R. SCOTT APPLEBY is the Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism and Associate Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. His books include "Church and Age Unite!": The Modernist Impulse in American Catholicism, and he has co-edited five volumes of the Fundamentalism Project with Martin E. Marty."

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Weaver  Apr 20, 2006
Weaver is absolutely brilliant. You will never meet anyone who is more knowledgable about the Catholic Church, period.
A good resource when read along with its companion book.  Mar 3, 2003
When read with its companion book on liberal Catholics ("What's Left", also edited by Mary Jo Weaver), this is an excellent reference for understanding the issues that face thinking Catholics in America today.

On an earlier reviewer's objection to the use of the term "Anglo" to refer to non-Hispanic Catholics in America, including those of Irish descent like himself, I would like to point out that "Anglo" is really an abbreviated form of "anglophone", which refers (in New Mexico, as in Quebec) to those of us whose native tongue is English. I doubt that the objecting reviewer speaks Irish Gaelic today, any more than I speak German today. From the point of view of the linguistic minorities in North America, we are both anglophones, or "Anglos" for short. It's accurate. Live with it.

Comprehensive Compendium of Conservative Catholic views.  Jul 7, 2000
"Being Right: Conservative Catholics in America", edited by Mary Jo Weaver and R. Scott Appleby. 1995. The editors have collected 12 different chapters representing the conservative Catholic point of view on matters ranging from the "Loss of Theological Unity" to American Catholics in the pro-life movement. This book is definitively written from the Catholic view. For example, you will not find a chapter on the Fundamentals' controversy over creationism versus evolution, as that has already been put to bed by the statements of at least three popes. Our separated Protestant brethren will also probably wonder at the theme of the chapter on the loss of theological unity. There is a "resource" chapter on the "Fellowship of Catholic Scholars" which I found more of a recruiting nature, but then, that is acceptable. There is the obligatory politically correct chapter on the Hispanic observations on the conservative-liberal controversies, in which the Jesuit author displays his own cultural insensitivity by using "Anglo", to lump together all those who are "white" as Anglos. Just because my eyes are blue, my skin fair and my hair blonde, (when I had hair) does not classify me as an Anglo. Many of us of Irish descent consider the term "Anglo" to be insulting. Of most interest to me was the chapter by Professor Weaver (Indiana University) on the four "restoration" Catholic colleges which are bucking the secularization trend of the 230+ Catholic colleges. I used her chapter in my MA, History thesis. Overall, the book is worth the effort to purchase ( I bought my copy through this and to use as a benchmark to measure trends in Catholicism in the U.S.

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