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Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Basic Books
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 9.30 X 6.20 (inches)|
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In this illuminating study, religious historian Colleen McDannell presents new insight into Vatican II by shifting the framework of its analysis: from men to women, from urban to suburban, from theory to practice. Using the story of her Catholic mother's life as a narrative thread, McDannell presents in The Spirit of Vatican II a refreshingly positive portrayal of the state of modern Catholicism--and a testament to the lasting effects of its liberalization.
Peter Steinfels, Co-director of the Fordham University Center on Religion and Culture and author of A People Adrift: The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America
"Colleen McDannell offers readers a wonderful blend of macro-history and micro-history. Her remarkably comprehensive and completely accessible account of the Second Vatican Council and the changes it wrought in American Catholic life takes an original tack in weaving these changes around the experiences of Catholic women and of several generations of her own family."
Ann Braude, Director of the Womens Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School
"One of the leading historians of American religion chronicles the joys and travails of one familyher ownexperiencing modern U.S. history through a Catholic lens. The result is a major revision of the story of American Catholicism centered on the core of its membership, the female laity. Colleen McDannell uses every tool learned from her numerous studies of material and popular religious cultures to create a finely textured account connecting the lived experience of the faithful in mobile suburban parishes to international debates among the Bishops in Rome. The Spirit of Vatican II is a sweeping synthesis that reads like a novel."
"[A] deeply researched but lively social history that uses the affecting story of [McDannells] own mother as the narrative thread…. This is indispensable history for todays Catholicsand othersto learn, and McDannell has told the tale well and with a depth and context that places the council in time and space, but also acknowledges a conciliar spirit that blows where it will."
"McDannell rightly points out that the Catholic Church is not a monolith…. [Her] telling of the American story is graceful and reveals a sharp eye for detail."
"What sets McDannells book apart is her use of her own family history to illustrate the effect of the changes…. Emphasizing the success of Vatican II, McDannell has a feel for the telling facts and incidents that give life to the story of the genuine upheaval in the church from the perspective from the pew. A well-written history of the effects of Vatican II in America both generally and on a particular, representative family, which puts a real face on what could have been an abstract discussion."
"[McDannell] tells the story of Vatican II through the eyes of her mother, Margaret, and provides a thorough and much-needed explanation of the council that helps readers understand the enormous impact it had on the life of the church."
"Well-written…. McDannells weaving of the two stories of her mother and the broader church is deft."
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