The Renewal of American Catholicism

The Renewal of American Catholicism

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  • Hardback | 318 pages
  • 144.78 x 213.36 x 27.94mm | 485.34g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195016017
  • 9780195016017

Review Text

The upheaval in the American Church, according to O'Brien, is part of, but not the same as, that which characterizes the Catholic Church elsewhere. American Catholics share in the new awareness of theological controversies; but they also have a consciousness that, as Americans, they are no longer a "minority" in this country; that, since the days of John Kennedy, they have achieved the respectability and the power for which they have always yearned. This results in a fusion of both religious and national elements - one which produces aims and men peculiarly suited to the needs of the American Church. It also makes it impossible to predict the future structures of the Church in the United States; for the new awareness precludes the acceptance of solutions imposed by authority, and reflects a determination to "hang loose" - that is, to form or reform structures according to the situation to be met. O'Brien's thesis, developed in its various aspects through ten essays, is a competent and intriguing analysis of merging factors in the renewal of the American Church. It will be the occasion of much comment and probably of no little controversy among observers of contemporary Catholicism. (Kirkus Reviews)show more