Crisis and Challenge in the Roman Catholic Church
Perspectives on Decline and Reformation
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Publisher: Lexington Books
Number of Pages: 268
Width: 16.2 cm
Height: 23.9 cm
This volume explores the historical, theological, sociological, and ethical dimensions of the current issues threatening the two thousand-year-old Roman Catholic Church. The interdisciplinary analysis contained within the volume exposes the destructive convictions and actions of the Roman Catholic clergy that has produced the current institutional crisis while suggesting options for moving forward. Documenting the cases that constitute the many crises currently surrounding Catholicism, the volume aims to provide clarity and conscience. At the same time, with a constructive vision of an ethics and religious practice rooted in integrity and transparency, the authors offer a path towards holistic and holy reformation by and for Catholics.
This superb collection of essays provides Catholics with a series of high-powered lenses for examining the monolith of clerical corruption that has thwarted Gospel justice in the 21st century. Moving us deeper into the root causes behind today's painful headlines, individual contributors not only demonstrate the power of feminist analyses in exposing the long arc of sacralized misogyny and sexism, they unflinchingly expose prelates who cover up crimes and illuminate the power of the #MeToo movement to shift the narrative and expose the lackadaisical reporting by media outlets on the abuse of women religious in recent years. Overall, these contributors remind us that muscular correctives are available and being engaged against a rotting clericalist system. They illuminate critical remedies for holding Catholic clerics accountable, establishing full equality for women, and transforming hierarchical concepts of authority, power, and gender in order to carry out the work of the Gospel for today's world. -- Deborah Rose-Milavec, Future Church Co-Director