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To Hunt, to Shoot, to Entertain: Clericalism and the Catholic Laity Paperback – September 1, 1993


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  • Paperback: 201 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (September 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898704553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898704556
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,884,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book constitutes an excellent companion to other works from Russell Shaw, such as "Understanding Your Rights: Your Rights and Responsibilities in the Catholic Church." Yet, to understand and appreciate what Pope John Paul II called the "clericalization of the laity & the laicization of the clergy," I believe readers would be best served by going straight to "Christifideles Laici." Be that said, Shaw's perspective in "To Hunt, to Shoot, to Entertain" can be understood by these lines from "Understanding Your Rights":

*"As for the laity, their first responsibility is to understand that they have serious obligations in conscience to work on behalf of a social order informed by justice and charity....As Vatican II says, 'Let the layman not imagine that his pastors are always such experts, that to every problem which arises, however complicated, they can readily give him a concrete solution, or even that such is their mission....enlightened by Christian wisdom and giving close attention to the teaching authority of the Church, let the layman take on his own distinctive role' (Gaudium et Spes, 43)....the apostolate proper to the laity lies in and to the secular world....
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