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The Coming Catholic Church: How the Faithful Are Shaping a New American Catholicism
HarperOne / 2001 / Paperback
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The hopeful yet realist book that Catholics are hungry for: Lay people across the political spectrum, good and courageous nuns and priests (none of whom want to leave the Church) are leading the way toward a radical reformation that will open the way to married priests, more leadership roles for women, increases authority on the part of lay people, increased democratization, and decentralization, and less hierarchical and secret decision-making. This is an optimistic but clear-eyed assessment of where the Church needs to go from here, presenting both the challenges and opportunities of the current crisis. The lid has been blown off the dysfunctional clerical culture of the Church, and a new Reformation has begun that cannot be stopped, as people realize how little much of the Vatican hierarchy, clericalism, and dogmatism of the Roman Catholic Church have to do with the teaching of Jesus and the essence of Christianity.
Rather than chronicling the well-reported sexual abuse scandal or advocating a particular reform agenda, David Gibson shows how the crisis in the church is unleashing forces that will change American Catholicism forever.
David Gibson is an award-winning religion writer and a committed lay Catholic. He writes about Catholicism for various newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, New York magazine, Boston magazine, Fortune, Commonweal, and America. He was the religion writer for the The Star-Ledger of New Jersey. Gibson has worked in Rome for Vatican Radio and traveled frequently with Pope John Paul II. He has co-written several recent documentaries on Christianity for CNN.
“Gibson provides a refreshingly well-informed and judicious survey of American Catholic life... ranges widely without being shallow.”
“Gibson displays uncommon intelligence in The Coming Catholic Church ... this book has impressive range.”
“[A] delicately balanced work ... Honest, hopeful and challenging, this book is highly recommended.”
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