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A people adrift : the crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America

Author: Peter Steinfels
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2003.
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In A people adrift, a prominent Catholic thinker states bluntly that the Catholic Church in the United States must transform itself or suffer irreversible decline. Peter Steinfels shows how even before the recent revelations about sexual abuse by priests, the explosive combination of generational change and the thinning ranks of priests and nuns was creating a grave crisis of leadership and identity. This book  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Steinfels
ISBN: 0684836637 9780684836638
OCLC Number: 52410284
Credits: Peter Steinfels was senior religion correspondent for the New York Times from 1988 to 1997, and writes "Beliefs," a biweekly column for that paper. He received a Ph. D. from Columbia University and has been a visiting professor of history at Georgetown University and of American studies at Notre Dame.
Description: xxi, 392 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. The battle for Common Ground --
2. The scandal --
3. The Church and society --
4. Catholic institutions and Catholic identity --
5. Around the altar --
6. Passing on the faith --
7. Sex and the female church --
8. At the helm --
Conclusion: Finding a future.
Responsibility: Peter Steinfels.
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In A people adrift, a prominent Catholic thinker states bluntly that the Catholic Church in the United States must transform itself or suffer irreversible decline. Peter Steinfels shows how even before the recent revelations about sexual abuse by priests, the explosive combination of generational change and the thinning ranks of priests and nuns was creating a grave crisis of leadership and identity. This book offers an analysis not just of the church's immediate troubles but of less visible, more powerful forces working below the surface of an institution that provides a spiritual identity for 65 million Americans and spans the nation with its parishes, schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, clinics, and social service agencies. Steinfels warns that entrenched liberals and conservatives are trapped in a "theo-logical gridlock" that often ignores what in fact goes on in families, parishes, classrooms, voting booths, and Catholic organizations of all types. Above all, he insists, the altered Catholic landscape demands a new agenda for leadership, from the selection of bishops and the rethinking of the priesthood to the thorough preparation and genuine incorporation of a lay leadership that is already taking over key responsibilities in Catholic institutions.

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