A People Adrift: The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America  -     By: Peter Steinfels
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A People Adrift: The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America

Simon & Schuster / 2004 / Paperback

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(PUBSimon & Schuster)"A best book of 2003. Large institutional questions---primary and higher education, health care, worship, leadership, the priesthood, roles for laity and women---are examined through Steinfels's own years of reporting as well as through the lens of major studies by sociologists,"---Publishers Weekly. 416 pages, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.13 (inches)
ISBN: 0743261445
ISBN-13: 9780743261449

Publisher's Description

In this widely acclaimed book that will long remain an indispensable work on American religion and the Catholic Church, one of its most influential laymen in the United States says that the Roman Catholic Church in America must either reform profoundly or lapse into irreversible decline.
In addition to providing a spiritual identity for over 60 million Americans, the church is the nation's largest nongovernmental provider of education and social services, as well as the largest not-for-profit provider of health care. But even before the recent revelations about sex abuse by priests, American Catholicism was already heading for a major crisis, with its traditional leadership depleted by the decline in religious vocations and paralyzed by "theological gridlock."
Catholicism in the United States confronts hard choices among contrasting visions for the future, choices with huge implications for American life. Analyzing these choices in ways that escape all the familiar labels of conservative or liberal, Steinfels points to the directions the church must take to survive.

Author Bio

Peter Steinfels, former co-director of the Fordham University Center on Religion and Culture, is a university professor at Fordham. He was religion columnist for The New York Times and editor of Commonweal. Steinfels is the author of A People Adrift: The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America (Simon & Schuster, 2003). He lives in New York City.

Editorial Reviews

Kevin Starr Los Angeles Times Book Review Peter Steinfels is among the most distinguished and respected Catholic commentators in the country....A People Adrift is balanced and judicious.
Alan Wolfe The New Republic The moderation and the heartfelt sincerity on display throughout Steinfels' book constitute, at least for this non-Catholic, an exceptionally persuasive defense of Catholicism as the church goes through its difficult days.
David O'Brien National Catholic Reporter Peter Steinfels is uniquely qualified by his experience, his access to sources and his journalist's professionalism to survey the state of contemporary American Catholicism.
Garry Wills The New York Times Steinfels' balance makes all the more unsettling the harsh conclusions he draws, in his quiet voice, from looking at every aspect of Catholic life....[A] disturbing book.
Monika Hellwig

President of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities

If you want to know what is happening in the American Catholic Church, you must read this book. It is provocative. You may find yourself arguing with the author's diagnoses or his prescriptions for the future, but you will not be able to ignore him.

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