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In 2013, Pope Francis compared the church to a field hospital. In William Cavanaugh's book, Field Hospital, he uses Pope Francis's metaphor to show how the church can help heal both the spiritual and the material wounds of the world. Emphasizing that the church cannot condemn the evils of the world from a position of superiority but must admit its own guilt, he offers guidelines for churches that are willing to bind up wounds and heal them.
Number of Pages: 264
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2016
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Pope Francis in a 2013 interview famously likened the church to a field hospital. In this book William Cavanaugh adopts Pope Franciss metaphor to show how the church can help heal both the spiritual and the material wounds of the world.
As he examines the intersection of theology with themes of religious freedom, economic injustice, religious violence, and other pressing topics, Cavanaugh emphasizes that the church cannot condemn the evils of the world from a position of superiority. Rather, he says, its practices of solidarity with humanity must be based on a profound recognition that the church shares in the guilt of human sin.
Cavanaughs Field Hospital provides guideposts for a church that is willing to go outside of itself onto todays battlefields both metaphorical and literal not to inflict wounds but to bind them up and heal them.
Catholic University of America
"William Cavanaughs adoption of Pope Franciss stirring metaphor of the church as field hospital is apt for his own theological work, which he continues here in a vein reminiscent of the doctors in M*A*S*H unblinking, subversive, mordantly witty, and always deeply humane. He clearly diagnoses the pathologies of consumerism and violence that afflict our culture and takes his scalpel to the myths and idolatries that undergird them. . . . In this books interconnected interventions Cavanaugh once again displays the insight, acuity, and compassion that make him one of the leading theologians of these times."
Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
"Political theology at its best. Field Hospital confirms Cavanaugh as one of the most lucid, innovative, and interesting theological voices of our time. He has that rare ability to take complicated philosophical arguments and ideas and present them in simple and clear ways for both an academic and a general audience."
"Richly instructive. . . . Bill Cavanaugh intrepidly goes where few theologians dare to go, and his questions and answers remain resolutely theological against the strongest temptations to bow to the accepted discourses of our age. Those seeking to understand the perspectives that inspire Caritas in Veritate and Evangelii Gaudium need search no further: this is the book to read."
Joseph L. Mangina
Wycliffe College, University of Toronto
"Field Hospital sets forth an utterly unsentimental vision of the church as imperfect and vulnerable, her power made perfect in weakness. Cavanaugh shows again why he is one of contemporary Catholicisms most important thinkers."