Practicing Catholic

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 385 pages
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A clear-eyed and personal examination of the Catholic faith, its leaders, and its complicated history by National Book Award–winner James Carroll

 

James Carroll turns to the notion of practice—both as a way to learn and a means of improvement—as a lens for this thoughtful and frank look at what it means to be Catholic. He acknowledges the slow and steady transformation of the Church from its darker, medieval roots to a more pluralist and inclusive institution, charting along the way stories of powerful Catholic leaders (Pope John XXIII, Thomas Merton, John F. Kennedy) and historical milestones like Vatican II. These individuals and events represent progress for Carroll, a former priest, and as he considers the new meaning of belief in a world that is increasingly as secular as it is fundamentalist, he shows why the world needs a Church that is committed to faith and renewal.

  

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User Review  - LivelyLady - LibraryThing

This is a wonderful memoir of a former Catholic priest. He discusses the history of the Catholic Church and its effect on him. He is a strong practicing Catholic despite the Church's checkered past ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jim Mcnulty - Goodreads

I loved this book. It provides a very good explanation of the history of the Catholic Church and it's canon of orthodox beliefs. In particular, it describes the history and evolution of our American ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

James Carroll was raised in Washington, D.C., and ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 1969. He served as a chaplain at Boston University from 1969 to 1974, then left the priesthood to become a writer. His New York Times Bestseller Constantine's Sword is now the subject of an acclaimed documentary, directed by Oren Jacoby and distributed nationally by First Run Features and Red Envelope Entertainment.

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