Reluctant Dissenter

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Crossroads Pub., 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 228 pages
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An important period in the history of the Catholic Church in the United States is captured by one of the people who made that history: James Shannon, the first bishop to resign from his office over a matter of conscience. Bishop James Shannon marched shoulder to shoulder with Martin Luther King in Selma, protested the Vietnam War before it was fashionable, was elected the spokesperson for the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, was the youngest college president in the country, hosted a landmark NBC Special on "The New American Catholic, " and decided he had to resign when he felt like a hypocrite trying to defend Humanae Vitae which he saw as harmful to people's lives. Beloved by many when he was a bishop, James Shannon continued to serve people as a lawyer and foundation executive, and found love himself when he met Ruth and they married. Reluctant Dissenter records his remarkable journey, and inspires as it informs.

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Contents

Introduction
1
South St Paul
5
Prior Lake
13
St Thomas Academy and College
18
St Paul Seminary
27
Ordination Ireland Miesville
37
Cathedral Days
41
Nazareth Hall
51
St Helenas Parish
106
Vietnam
114
Changing Styles
123
The New American Catholic
127
Birth Control
142
Santa Fe
163
A New Life
181
Los Ranchos and Law School
188

Yale
58
College of St Thomas
64
Selma and the Cessna 180
85
Vatican n
91
Home Again
201
Recessional
214
Index of Names
223
Copyright

About the author (1998)

Shannon once served as a Roman Catholic bishop.

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