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Empowering the People of God : Catholic Action Before and After Vatican II

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The early 1960s were a heady time for Catholic laypeople. Pope Pius XII's assurance "You do not belong to the Church. You are the Church" emboldened the laity to challenge Church authority in ways previously considered unthinkable. Empowering the People of God offers a fresh look at the Catholic laity and its relationship with the hierarchy in the period immediately preceding the Second Vatican Council and in the turbulent era that followed. This collection of essays explores a diverse assortment of manifestations of Catholic action, ranging from genteel reform to radical activism, and an equally wide variety of locales, apostolates, and movements.

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  • Hardback | 408 pages
  • 158 x 230 x 34mm | 619.99g
  • Fordham University Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • black & white halftones
  • 0823254003
  • 9780823254002
  • 1,485,248

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Author Information

Jeremy Bonner is an independent scholar in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mary Beth Fraser Connolly is the Assistant Director of the Lilly Fellows Program and Assistant Adjunct in History at Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana. Her research interests include the history of American women and religion, with a particular interest in American Catholic women religious. Christopher D. Denny is an associate professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at St. John's University in New York City.

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"Empowering the People of God gives a nuanced, complicated, insightful portrait of Catholic Action as a spectrum rather than a monolith. The volume is timely, not just for historians of American Catholicism, but also for those seeing to understand the deeper backstory to the contesting definitions of authority in the Church in the present moment."-Amy L. Koehlinger, Florida State University

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