Being Right

Being Right : Conservative Catholics in America

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"An in-depth look at these groups, both as they see themselves and as they appear to trained scholars...An important contribution to contemporary American religious studies." - David J. O'Brien, College of Holy Cross. "However much one may disagree with any or all of these movements, they are significant phenomena on the American scene. Weaver and Appleby perform a valuable service in providing a calm and well-grounded body of new information." - Philip Gleason, University of Notre Dame. Once the center of American Catholicism, conservative Catholics are now a diminished but highly visible minority within the church and American society. Whether they focus their criticisms on pro-choice rhetoric and artificial birth control, insufficient respect for papal authority and the abandonment of once-cherished devotional traditions, or the removal of religious symbols from public squares, the Catholics profiled in this book agree that the contemporary church is in crisis. This book describes the various steps conservative Catholics are taking to address the crisis. It surveys key developments in the three decades since the close of the Second Vatican Council in 1965, and describes the worldviews, convictions, and goals of conservative Catholics in the United States. In doing so the book seeks to understand what it means to be a Catholic in the modern more

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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 154.9 x 233.4 x 21.1mm | 552.39g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 5 b&w photos
  • 0253209994
  • 9780253209993

About Mary Jo Weaver

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."show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Preface: Working on being Right Introduction by Mary Jo Weaver Part I: Contexts 1. Interpreting the Council and the Para-Council: Catholic Attitudes Towards Vatican II by Joseph A. Komonchak 2. The Triumph of Americanism: Common ground for U.S. Catholics in the Twentieth Century by R. Scott Appleby 3. The Loss of Theological Unity: Pluralism, Thomism, and Catholic Morality by Benedict M. Ashley, O.P. 4. OA Pox on Both your HousesO: A View of Catholic Conservative-Liberal Polarities from the Hispanic Margin by Allan Figueroa Deck, S.J. Part II: Insider Perspectives 5. Catholics United for the Faith: Dissent and the Laity by James A. Sullivan 6. The Neo-Conservative Difference: A Proposal for the Renewal of Church and Society by George Weigel 7. Women for Faith and Family: Catholic Women Affirming Catholic Teaching by Helen Hull Hitchcock 8. The Fellowship of Catholic Scholars: Bowing Out of the New Class by James Hitchcock Part III: Outside Perspectives 9. The Marian Revival in American Catholicism: Focal Points and Features of the New Marian Enthusiasm by Sandra Zimdars-Swartz 10. OWe Are What You WereO: Roman Catholic Traditionalism in America by William D. Dinges 11. Life Battles: The Rise of Catholic Militancy Within the American Pro-Life Movement by Michael W. Cuneo 12. Self-Consciously Counter Cultural: Alternative Catholic Colleges by Mary Jo Weaver Epilogue: What Difference Do They Make? by R. Scott Appleby Appendix I: Conservative Catholic Periodicals by John H. Haasshow more

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