Bending the rules: what American priests tell American Catholics

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Crossroad, Aug 1, 1994 - Religion - 214 pages
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This candid book reveals how American priests ignore the hardline message from Rome, tailoring their advice and pastoral care on dozens of issues to 53 million Catholics. Told in priests' own words, this account will generate a shock of recognition in Catholics, and will fascinate all readers interested in religion and the power of compassion over blind adherence to a given rule.

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Contents

Acknowledgments
9
Compassion or Law? by Andrew M Greeley
11
The State of the Question
15
What the Priests Were Asked
23
Preface to the Interviews
31
Common Sense
35
A Lawyer Objects
43
Friends and Soul Mates of the 60s
48
Feisty and Funny
114
Management by Meeting Needs
124
The College Experience
132
Fr Burke and the Sermon on the Mount
139
No Monarchist He
145
No Mincer of Words
151
The Joys of Counseling
154
A BlackCommunity Experience
158

A Bow to the Majesty of the Law
58
Fr Hawkins Spills His Guts
67
A Seasoned Perspective
73
The Bottom Line
80
An Old Europe Hand
85
Heading for HardCore Christianity
90
Bishop Yes Pope No
94
Rebel with Cause
102
Permission No Forgiveness Yes
108
The Corporal Works
112
Radical with Jesus
162
Two Laws Canon and Pastoral
166
A PastorCanonist Comments
170
A Reluctant Critic
175
A Pastor and His Client
180
One Womans Experience
184
From Golden Pond
187
What Theologians Say
200
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