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The Church Confronts Modernity: Catholicism Since 1950 in the United States, Ireland, and Quebec [Paperback]

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Pages   302
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.96" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.77"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2007
Publisher   Catholic University of America Press
ISBN  0813214947  
EAN  9780813214948  

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The Church Confronts Modernity assesses the history of Roman Catholicism since 1950 in the United States, the Republic of Ireland, and the Canadian province of Quebec. All three locales in 1950, despite very real differences in terms of economics, politics, and demography, were characterized by an institutionally vibrant Catholicism. Attendance at Mass was remarkably high, as was the frequency with which the laity received the sacraments. Devotional activities, especially those centered on the Virgin Mary, attracted a wide range of participants. Vocations to the priesthood and religious life were sustained at healthy levels. Large numbers of children attended Catholic schools, while their parents gave at least verbal assent to Church teaching on contraception and the indissolubility of marriage. Over the course of recent decades, these three locales have grown more alike: less rural, more affluent, increasingly wedded to an ideology of pluralism. The institutional health of Catholicism in each jurisdiction has also eroded. The book's essays seek to explore this seeming decline and assess both its causes and its significance. The authors discuss trends in Mass attendance and devotions; reception of the sacraments; vocations to the priesthood and religious life; attendance at Catholic schools and colleges; and support for church teaching in the social, political, and sexual realms. By comparing these "trajectories of decline," readers will better understand the forces that have contributed to the change in Catholicism in the Western nations. The authors are especially interested in the relative impact of the Second Vatican Council. The book includes two essays each on Quebec, the UnitedStates, and the Republic of Ireland and two concluding essays that take a comparative look at developments in all three locales. The contributors are R. Scott Appleby, Gregory Baum, Kevin Christiano, James D. Davidson, Michele Dillon, Michael Gauvreau, Dermot Keogh, and Lawrence Taylor.

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Why things are the way they are  Oct 6, 2008
This book is a "must read" for anyone who wonders why organized religion operates as it does. "Church" is much more than a place where rituals take place. "Church" has a profound impact on peoples' lives and this impact is both negative and positive. This book presents a very insightful study into the way the Catholic Church has influenced the Irish, French Canadian and American cultures and in turn, how the mix of sociological and cultural changes of the sixties influenced the Church in those countries. This book is especially helpful for those who wonder why and how organized Catholicism has been able to have so much destructive influence in society. It also offers enlightening reasons into the causes of the present conservative trend among younger clergy and Catholic hierarchy juxtaposed with the increasing loss of interest in the Catholic Church among the lay population. The book is well read and not peppered with unintelligible (to the outsider) sociological jargon. It's a book that will end up with a lot of highlighting and scribbled notes...which says that it means something.

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