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Many Faces, One Church: Cultural Diversity and the American Catholic Experience (Sheed & Ward Catholic Studies Series) [Paperback]

By Peter C. Phan (Editor) & Diana Hayes (Editor)
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Pages   145
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.94" Width: 5.86" Height: 0.49"
Weight:   0.52 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 20, 2004
Publisher   Sheed and Ward
ISBN  0742532143  
EAN  9780742532144  


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Many Faces, One Church: Cultural Diversity and the American Catholic Experience both captures and facilitates a seismic shift in the who, what, where, when, why, and how of Catholic theology today. Along with a diverse group of theologians who represent the many faces of the church, editors Peter C. Phan and Diana Hayes recast the story of the church in America by including immigrant groups either forgotten or ignored and, in light of these new and not-so-new voices, retooling the theological framework of Catholicism itself. That the American Catholic Church is an "immigrant church" is not news. What is news, however, is how diverse the immigrant church really is and how much work there is to be done to include their voices in theological discourse and training. Beyond the German and Irish immigrants, what of other European immigrant groups such as the Italians, Poles, Lithuanians, Czechs, Slovaks, and Eastern-rite Catholics? Where are the stories of the older presence of native Mexican, Native American, and African-American Catholics in this country? And more recently, of Asian-American Catholics, especially the Chinese, the Japanese, and the Filipinos, of the nineteenth and early twentieth century? And more recently still, Catholic immigrants have come from El Salvador, Guatemala, Vietnam, Cambodia, Korea, India, and the Pacific Islands. What impact are these immigrants having on American society and religious groups? Many Faces, One Church is a profound attempt to address these key questions and their implications for the Catholic way of being church, worshipping, and practicing theology. The result of three years of conferences sponsored by Elms College exploring the "new faces" of the American Catholic Church, this thoughtful collection highlights opportunities and challenges lying ahead as the American Church tries to respond to the continuing presence of new immigrants in its midst. Many Faces, One Church is a beginning of a long but exciting journey in which the strangers welcomed today into the bosom of the American Catholic Church will be themselves the hosts to welcome, with equal warmth and generosity, the new strangers into their midst so that hosts and guests are truly one.

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Many Faces, One Church: Cultural Diversity and the American Catholic Experience both captures and facilitates a seismic shift in the who, what, where, when, why, and how of Catholic theology today. Along with a diverse group of theologians who represent the many faces of the church, editors Peter C. Phan and Diana Hayes recast the story of the church in America by including immigrant groups either forgotten or ignored and, in light of these new and not-so-new voices, retooling the theological framework of Catholicism itself. That the American Catholic Church is an "immigrant church" is not news. What is news, however, is how diverse the immigrant church really is and how much work there is to be done to include their voices in theological discourse and training. Beyond the German and Irish immigrants, what of other European immigrant groups such as the Italians, Poles, Lithuanians, Czechs, Slovaks, and Eastern-rite Catholics? Where are the stories of the older presence of native Mexican, Native American, and African-American Catholics in this country? And more recently, of Asian-American Catholics, especially the Chinese, the Japanese, and the Filipinos, of the nineteenth and early twentieth century? And more recently still, Catholic immigrants have come from El Salvador, Guatemala, Vietnam, Cambodia, Korea, India, and the Pacific Islands. What impact are these immigrants having on American society and religious groups? Many Faces, One Church is a profound attempt to address these key questions and their implications for the Catholic way of being church, worshipping, and practicing theology. The result of three years of conferences sponsored by Elms College exploring the "new faces" of the American Catholic Church, this thoughtful collection highlights opportunities and challenges lying ahead as the American Church tries to respond to the continuing presence of new immigrants in its midst. Many Faces, One Church is a beginning of a long but exciting journey in which the strangers welc

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More About Peter C. Phan & Diana Hayes

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Peter C. Phan holds the Ignacio Ellacuria Chair of Catholic Social Thought at Georgetown University. The first non-Anglo person to be elected President of Catholic Theological Society of America, his books include Mission and Catechesis (1999), Christianity with an Asia Face (2003), and Vietnamese-American Catholics (2005).

Peter C. Phan currently resides in Washington, in the state of District Of Columbia. Peter C. Phan was born in 1943 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Georgetown University, USA Georgetown University, Washington DC George.

Peter C. Phan has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Cambridge Companions to Religion
  2. Catholic Studies
  3. Faith and Cultures
  4. New Theology Studies


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NECESSARY READING FOR ALL PRACTICING MEMBERS OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH IN AMERICA  Jan 28, 2008
One unfortunate phenomenon beginning over forty years ago resulting from the new use of the local vernacular in Catholic liturgies was the imposition of whose language and culture was the local vernacular. Thus we found the predominantly English speaking hierarchy in the United States imposed English in parishes where English was rarely heard. Thus was a predominating culture and the language of the oppressors imposed upon populations which did not speak nor pray in that language. Thus did Church become less a home of prayer, a support family and of compassionate solace and more of just another instrument of acculturation and of alien oppression, of cruelest and most callous assimilation into a local culture without any theological basis, without the all-embracing Catholicism by which we pray together. At least with the universal usage of Latin in our liturgy every parishioner of no matter what language group could become equally confused.

The demographic disconnect of hierarchy and faithful has only increased with the latest nominations to the College of Cardinals, yet we now discover some slight recognition of the cultural and linguistic diversity of our Holy Roman Catholic Church in the Americas, including the United States. Indeed we may note with interest the closing of English-speaking parishes for lack of parishioners and the abundant overflowing of Other-Than-English parish halls, including the Latin American, Filipino, Polish, etc. The hierarchy now welcomes the migrant in our midst, and provides wherever able sanctuary and services. The USCCB now puts out official letters encouraging the reception of migrant families as one family in the Faith, including such letters as One Family Under God (Publication / United States Catholic Conference). On the other hand we may read Breach of Faith: American Churches and the Immigration Crisis.

Here in "Many Faces, One Church" we have at hand an excellent collection of essays discussing cultural diversity within the United States Roman Catholic Church, edited by Father Peter Phan, S.T.D., PhD., D.D., who holds the Ignacio Ellacuria Professorship of Catholic Social Thought at the great Jesuit institution of Higher Education, Georgetown University. To understand more fully the significance of the late and Reverend Father Ellacuria, a martyr of the Americas, please see The Ground Beneath The Cross: The Theology Of Ignacio Ellacuria (Moral Traditions) and Love That Produces Hope: The Thought Of Ignacio Ellacuria as well as Mysterium Liberations: Fundamental Concepts of Liberation Theology and the account of his martyrdom presented in Companions of Jesus: The Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador with biographies of all who were massacred alongside him.

This present book is co-edited by Dr. Diana Hayes, J.D., S.T.D., PhD., an associate professor of Theology, also at Georgetown University. It is published by Rowman and Littlefield through the great Sheed and Ward's Catholic Studies series. In part, the series is explained as "present(ing) reader-friendly texts to college classrooms and the broader community of faith and learning. Authored by scholars committed to both solid academic context and the lived experience of faith today, the books in the series are interdisciplinary and represent the Catholic heritage in all its richness. Consistent with Sheed and Ward's distinguished history, these books promise quality, character, and an approach to the Catholic experience that is in tune with the sign of the times." In this present volume that promise is fulfilled.

The opening Introduction is written by Father Phan himself setting the context for the discussion which follows from several perspectives within our one Faith. Father Phan ably defines the terms and conditions to follow.

Two chapters which follow hold particular interest to me now as I live on the US and Mexican border and very actively attend Church in a Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico, including serving as lector, etc. These chapters reflect "On America as a Single Entity: Catholicism and US Latinos" written by the Jesuit Boston College's Professor and Dr. Roberto Goizueta, author as well of Caminemos Con Jesus: Toward a Hispanic/Latino Theology of Accompaniment. The second chapter now of special interest to me and my devotions is entitled "Devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe among Mexican Americans" written by Professor Jeanette Rodriguez, PhD., author of several theological studies, including Our Lady of Guadalupe: Faith and Empowerment among Mexican-American Women.

As earlier I had worked in urban African American and Catholic Churches, as long ago as forty-odd years, I am also revitalized to read Professor Diana Hayes's contribution in "Black Catholics in the United States: A Subversive Memory." Other chapters are devoted to Caribbean American Catholics, Asian and Pacific People in the American Catholic Church, etc., plus a few general chapters on cultural diversity's gift to theology and our Catholic Church, and our facing up in a new way to our ancient diverse ecclesial reality.

This book therefore is highly recommended for scholars examining the present state of our Church in the USA, and especially for those ministering to our diverse Church. It is especially useful for those contemplating the essentials of our Faith as opposed to the cultural vestiges which are transformed and enriched from group to group. This book can help us become truly Catholic and effective missionaries in truth and in compassion within our own nation. This book is important for all Catholics to contemplate as we learn to live with and even to embrace, not simply at best tolerate, the fullness of grace of our great and Catholic Church.
 

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