The Spirit of Vatican II: A History of Catholic Reform in America - eBook
The Spirit of Vatican II: A History of Catholic Reform in America - eBook  -     By: Colleen McDannell
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Nearly a half century after the Second Vatican Council, a leading religious historian examines the transformed lives of of American Catholics and shows that reform has made their church stronger than ever. Using the story of her Catholic mother's life as a narrative, McDannell presents a refreshingly positive portayal of the state of modern Catholicism. 352 pages; hardcover.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Basic Books
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 9780465023387
ISBN-13: 9780465023387

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In 1962 a group of Catholic leaders traveled to Rome, charged by Pope John XXIII with the task of making the gospel of Christ relevant in a modern world. The Second Vatican Council transformed the lives of Catholics through sweeping reforms--yet its effect on the daily lives of practicing Catholics has never been fully understood.

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.

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With the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council (1962–1965) approaching, debates are flaring over just what happened at what was a signature event of the 20th century for both the Catholic Church and the world. The current debate is a struggle to define the meaning of the past and thus chart the church's course in the future. But McDannell (Heaven: A History) shifts the spotlight from Rome to America, covering the impact of the council and its reforms there in deeply researched but lively social history that uses the affecting story of her own mother as the narrative thread. McDannell sketches the state of American Catholicism on the eve of the council, during those fateful three years, and then in the turbulent aftermath when Catholics struggled to assimilate the changes. Finally, she looks at what the council has wrought and is buoyed by the transformation. This is indispensable history for today's Catholics--and others--to 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. (Mar.) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.

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