- Hardcover: 367 pages
- Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor; 1st, No Additional Printings edition (April 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0879736550
- ISBN-13: 978-0879736552
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #713,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sisters in Crisis: The Tragic Unraveling of Women's Religious Communities Hardcover – April, 1997
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The story is painful to read, but Carey documents how one once-vigorous order after another chose the path of self-destruction. And the treatment of nuns who wanted to follow the authentic path of renewal remains a scandal.
The book is weaker when it tries to get at the causes of the decadence of religious orders. I'm not so sure that the "elites" of LCWR were really that much different from the average nun back in the school or the hospital. I also don't think that the key Church documents on reform of religious life were somehow hidden from nuns. Most of these documents were published in the local diocesan paper or could be easily picked up (at modest cost) from a Catholic bookstore. Many nuns simply chose to move in a different direction---and they and the church are immensely poorer for it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ann Carey is a journalist in the Catholic press. She wrote in the Preface to this 1997 book, "Catholic sisters have been the backbone of the Catholic Church in the United... Read morePublished on February 13, 2014 by Steven H Propp
This historically sensitive book explains to us who were taught by these selfless women, why this happened. I had to buy the sequel also. Very good read.Published on January 3, 2014 by Marilyn A. Farmer
I couldn't even get through the whole thing. It was so poorly written and biased. As for the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I was there at Immaculate Heart High School... Read morePublished on April 11, 2013 by AYork92081
This one was so bad that I took a loss in order to be able to return it and get it out of my house.Published on December 29, 2012 by Begs
Finally a clear and unemotional look at the truth about the dwindling number of priests and nuns after VaticanII. Read morePublished on July 11, 2012 by R. McAroysr
This book is perhaps the saddest telling of what happened to Catholic Sisters in the past few decades. They did it to themselves. I have been reading it for almost 3 years now. Read morePublished on July 3, 2012 by Robin
The author, Ann Carey, made a difficult subject both interesting and easy to understand. Her deep conviction to telling the stories of the Sisters was respectful and informative. Read morePublished on February 11, 2010 by Always & Forever
Unless I missed it, the only thing I found wanting in this excellent history is the answer to the question as to why "change-oriented" sisters would join a tradition-oriented... Read morePublished on February 3, 2010 by sedonaman