The Catholic Moment: The Paradox of the Church in the Postmodern World

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Harper & Row, 1987 - Religion - 292 pages
A non-Catholic elaborates on the opportunity of the Church to concern itself with spirituality at the same time accommodating the values of modern life

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Contents

Authority Resplendent
4
To Engage the World
7
When Catholicism Became Roman
9
Temptation to Idolatry
14
Church and World in Paradox
16
The Provisionality of It All
21
John Paul and the New Advent
24
O Felix Culpa
30
The Church and the Theologian
137
The Replacement of the Subject
140
Keeping Faith with the Community
143
Knowing and Testing the Truth
149
Setting Aside the T1ara
161
John Paul and the Person
164
Relishing the Conflict
167
The Worlds of Liberation Theology
171

The Councils Called Vat1can II
37
The Church Becoming the Church
43
The Hermeneutics of the New
47
Cosmic Redemption
50
The Church Superfluous
57
The Councils in Conflict
60
The Opening to the Church
65
A Clutch of Crises
69
Collapse of the Supernatural
73
The New Gnostic Class
78
Authority as Power
82
The Plasticity of Symbols
87
A Tried and Tired Ecumenism
90
A Different Ecumenism
92
part 1n The Hard Road to Renewal
97
An Embarrassing Pope
102
Cardinal Ratzinger Reporting
105
An Extraordinary Synod
110
Reliving the Council
114
Primary Mission Defined
119
No Turning Back
122
The Authority of the Authoritative
126
Ecclesiastical Fundamentalism
130
Artisans of a New Christendom
178
Infinitely Creative Interpretation
183
Responding to Liberation Theology
186
The Church and the Kingdom
189
Murray Contra Monism
193
John Paul for Liberation
195
John Paul for More Than Justice
200
Justice Against the Spirit
203
An Instruction on Freedom and Liberation
207
Theology and PoliticsA Cautionary Tale
214
The Travail of Becom1ng American
233
Balancing American and Catholic
237
The Riddle Redivivus
240
Class Conflict Redefined
244
Paul Blanshard Lives
247
Contributing to America
250
Disillusionment with America
255
The Very Model of Americanized Christianity
258
Bishops and Accountability
264
Consulting the Faithful
270
Advancing to Authority
278
Index
289
Copyright

About the author (1987)

Richard John Neuhaus is editor in chief of the journal FirstRichard John Neuhaus is editor in chief of the journal First Things and president of the Institute on Religion and Publi Things and president of the Institute on Religion and Public Life, a research and education institute in New York City.c Life, a research and education institute in New York City. He is the author of many books including Death on a Friday He is the author of many books including Death on a Friday Afternoon, Appointment in Rome, and The Catholic Moment. Afternoon, Appointment in Rome, and The Catholic Moment.

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