The Coming Catholic Church: How the Faithful Are Shaping a New American Catholicism
David Gibson presents a look at the impact of the sexual abuse scandals on the Catholic Church and how they have set off a revolution from below that is galvanizing North America's rank-and-file Catholics to bring positive changes to their Church. In this sweeping assessment of where the Church has been, and where it is going, David Gibson uses his insider's knowledge and sources to reveal the forces that are already transforming Catholicism--from the laity to the besieged priesthood to the papacy itself. Laypeople, especially women, are taking larger roles in Church life as the number of priests continues to decline. Priests are redefining their calling as scandals and shortages spark changes not seen in a thousand years, including new openings for married priests. Bishops, under fire from every quarter, are struggling to reimagine how the Church can be governed, while the College of Cardinals are waging an intense--and increasingly public--debate over how the next papacy will be different from the current one. In The coming Catholic Church David Gibson examines the disputes that have polarized Catholicism and focuses on the new forces that are currently bringing Catholics together. From Church governance at the parish level and the selection of bishops to the way Catholics now view the rule of Rome, Gibson explains the transformations coming through both a revolution from below and an impending change at the top of the Church.
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The coming Catholic Church: how the faithful are shaping a new American CatholicismUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Not another entry in the Catholic Church "scandal" genre, this is instead a prophetic statement about evolving Catholicism that emphasizes the possibilities latent within the current crisis-ridden ... Read full review
Review: The Coming Catholic Church: How the Faithful Are Shaping a New American CatholicismUser Review - Whitney Marie - Goodreads
This book was rather educational in reading about what had happened during the scandals of 2002 and seeing that over time they have started to get remedied so that they can start to become few in number. Read full review