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Faith That Dares To Speak [Hardcover]

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Pages   138
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.44" Width: 6.34" Height: 0.66"
Weight:   0.78 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2004
Publisher   Liturgical Press
ISBN  0814630189  
EAN  9780814630181  


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The Catholic Church at the dawn of the twenty-first century is arguably the last feudal system in the West. Once the feudal structure of the church is recognized, the bishops' response to the clergy abuse crisis comes into focus. Bishops and other church authorities reacted to the scandal the only way their feudal culture allowed--with secrecy, denial, and a no holds barred effort to protect the reputation, authority, and resources of the institution. While tragic, and in many cases reprehensible, their response was consistent with the way feudal systems function. In Faith That Dares to Speak, Donald Cozzens addresses the laity's role in challenging a feudal church to embrace accountability and transparency and to bring light where there is now darkness. Awakened to their dignity and responsibility as full, equal, and adult members of the church, lay Catholics in North America are finding their voice and daring to speak to church authorities long accustomed to deferential obedience and compliance. Church life, Cozzens believes, will never be quite the same. The current crisis in the Church, while profoundly disturbing and troubling, offers possibilities for a renewed and revitalized Church. In Faith That Dares to Speak, Cozzens underscores the critical need for laity and clergy to speak honestly and courageously to church authorities. He addresses the obstacles to faithful speech as well as the spiritual and moral foundations of mature, adult conversation and commitment. The current crisis in the Church, while profoundly disturbing and troubling, offers possibilities for a renewed and revitalized Church. In Faith That Dares to Speak, Cozzens underscores the critical need for laity and clergy to speak honestly and courageously to church authorities. He addresses the obstacles to faithful speech as well as the spiritual and moral foundations of mature, adult conversation and commitment.

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The current crisis in the Church, while profoundly disturbing and troubling, offers possibilities for a renewed and revitalized Church. In Faith That Dares to Speak, Donald Cozzens underscores the critical need for laity and clergy to speak honestly and courageously to church authorities. He addresses the obstacles to faithful speech as well as the spiritual and moral foundations of mature, adult conversation and commitment. Chapters include "The Courage to Speak," "The Humility to Listen," "Love That Dare to Question." "The Liberation of the Laity," "Voice of the Faithful," and "Conteplative Conversation."

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Donald Cozzens--priest, writer, and lecturer--teaches in the religious studies department at John Carroll University. He is the award-winning and best-selling author of "The Changing Face of the Priesthood" and "Sacred Silence: Denial and the Crisis in the Church."

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Faith that Dares to Speak  Aug 27, 2006
It is alarmingly accurate. Anyone who has been involved in the church will recognize the scenarios depicted. I applaud Fr. Couzens for his blunt honesty.
 
Faith That Dares To Speak Review  Mar 23, 2006
This book was very insightful. It helped me understand the background of the very top-down nature of the Catholic Church and the lack of communication, especially open and honest communication and hierarchical listening as well as speaking, that continually frustrates me as a lay person. Father Cozzens courageously makes a strong and logical case for the need for change within the Church. Whether, as he suggests, the laity can lead our leadership to make the needed changes, only time will tell. He notes the power of our money (and I have already made some changes in my donations). But his book will also lead me to speak up with more courage than I have shown to date, in hopes that it will lead to a better future for our Church.
 
A brave and passionate statement  Mar 10, 2006
Faith That Dares To Speak is a brave and passionate statement on the relationship between the clergy and the laity in the Catholic Church of the third millenium. As an "insider", Fr. Cozzens speaks from an obvious love and concern for the church that he serves. Unlike criticism from outside the Church, Fr. Cozzens is able to speak from firsthand knowledge and with a perspective that intends to build up, not tear down the Church. His expositions of and arguments against clericalism, monarchical and feudal attitudes are compelling and offered in the context of an ever-changing and pilgrim church; and offered as well with a hope and vision for reform and renewal.

While the recent abuse scandal was the obvious impetus for this work, I did find that more attention was paid to that subject than necessary to make his point. A wider exposition of the subject using other examples would have worked to make his argument stronger. In addition, he failed somewhat to acknowledge some of the more positive progress made in the relationship between clergy and laity, and could have used some of those examples to balance the topic, making it less quarrelsome.

Nonetheless, this book is thought-provoking and certain to stimulate conversation among Catholic laity and clergy alike.
 
Faith That Dares To Speak  Aug 20, 2005
Donald Cozzens is incredibly insightful about the state of the Catholic Church today. He hits every nail right on the head... he puts things in crystal clear perspective.
 
Survival in the Catholic Church  Jul 28, 2005
This book is a true blessing. While discouragement and despair tempt many faithful Catholics today. "Faith That Dares To Speak" by Donald Cozzens brings hope and encouragement. This is truly a masterful analysis of the problems in the Catholic Church, done lovingly. Fr. Cozzens presents the indespensible role of the laity in healing their beloved Church There are jewels of wisdom to be found on every page. Courage, fellow Christian Catholics. Hope is to be found! Trust in the Love of Christ which is so powerfully displayed in this book.
 

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