A Church in Search of Itself: Benedict XVI and the Battle for the Future - eBook  -     By: Robert Blair Kaiser
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Has the Catholic Church become doctrinaire? Kaiser says, "Yes," and insists that the shortage of priests is due to Rome's insistance upon priestly celibacy and that the exodus from the Church is due to the Church's out-of-date ban on contraception and its refusal to accommadate the alternative lifestyles of gays and lesbians. The book claims that it is only when the Church accepts such departures from tradition and Scripture that such a Church can be the progressive Church that the 21st century requires.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Vintage
Publication Date: 2007
ISBN: 9780307424280
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Publisher's Description

A deeply informed look at the intensifying struggle over the future of the Catholic Church.

Robert Blair Kaiser examines the most important and divisive issues confronting the Church: the sex abuse scandal, a shortage of priests due to the insistence upon celibacy, the ban on contraception, the roles of women in the Church, the increased participation of laypeople in Church affairs. He gives us an in-depth and behind-the-scenes view of six of the cardinals who gathered in Rome in April 2005 to choose a new pope and through them makes clear why Catholics worldwide are increasingly leaving the Church or defying Church doctrine. With passion and heartfelt concern, Robert Blair Kaiser brilliantly illuminates the issues and the combatants in the battle for the soul of the Catholic world.


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Author Bio

Robert Blair Kaiser spent ten years in the Society of Jesus (but was not ordained) before turning to journalism. He worked for the Arizona Republic, The New York Times, and CBS (for whom he covered Vatican II), and is the author of ten books including Clerical Error, The Politics of Sex and Religion, and Pope, Council, and World. He is the co-author of Jubilee 2000, a prize-winning musical comedy celebrating 2,000 years of Christianity, and the editor of an online journal of religion and culture, JustGoodCompany.com. He covered the recent papal conclave for Newsweek, Newsday, and CBS.




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Editorial Reviews

“[Some] Catholics have floundered in desperation since Benedict's election, but we finally have our gospel: A Church in Search of Itself.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Kaiser's brisk narrative is correct: The Catholic Church faces multiple crises. ‘No change’ is not an option. The real question is how the Church will change. Kaiser offers a hint in the closing pages, where he envisions the eventual emergence of a democratic people's Church in the United States.” —The Washington Post Book World

“Argues for a people's church as imagined by Vatican II. Instead of liberals and conservatives, [Kaiser] focuses on those who want change and those against it.” —U.S. Catholic Magazine

“This timely, well-informed, and brilliantly written book shows that all the urgent reforms in the Catholic Church should start with reforming its very center: the Vatican.” —Hans Küng


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