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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Afraid to Think, March 6, 2007
This review is from: Failing America's Faithful: How Today's Churches Are Mixing God with Politics and Losing Their Way (Hardcover)
This thoughtful, deeply personal book is a reminder that true faith is not blind, nor deaf, nor dumb. Townsend is clearly a person of deep faith. She passionately conveys the essential role religious beliefs have played throughout her life. Yet she seems never to have shyed away from questioning the authority figures who lay claim to defining those beliefs. She thinks, she questions, she challenges. From a child in the classroom to a college student grappling with a friend's abortion to an elected official ridiculed from the pulpit of her own parish church, Townsend makes clear that she respects and values religious institutions but she has never been a passive participant. As a Catholic woman myself, this book resonates with my own experiences and feelings. I think it will do the same for many Christians. We just have to be willing to think, to question and to be challenged to act.
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Initial post: Jul 30, 2007 7:32:01 PM PDT
Anne Rice says:
Thank you for this beautiful review of a book by a courageous woman. We need more voices of courage and conscience. Otherwise our church will be taken from us. Or, I should say, people will continue to take it from us. We must not let it happen. We must write the future of our church along with the men. Anne Rice.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2010 8:45:58 PM PDT
Honesty says:
Kathleen gives false information which she can not substantiate.

Read the "Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition" revised in accordance with the official Latin text promulgated by Pope John Paul II.
This is the teaching of the Catholic Faith.

Kathleen's Saul Alinsky liberal politics are merely intended to divide. Her personal ideas with no foundation are heretical. She may have been, but is not a Catholic.

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2011 1:36:44 AM PDT
The magisterium of the Catholic church is translated as "the living voice of the teaching Church." Is the Gospel static or dynamic? Possibly the best answer comes from the lives of the canonized saints, not to mention the witness of all the saints which make of the Mystical Body of Christ as understood in the creeds. The Catechism of the Catholic Church represents the current official teaching of the Church, but it does not have the same importance as Sacred Doctrine as found in the Jewish and Catholic testaments. Sometimes it is good to read the connection between faith and reason, possibly beginning with Aquinas, or even Mother Teresa.

Saul Alinsky! Liberal politics! Was there ever a prophet who did not challenge. Wasn't Jesus of Nazareth a radical with regard to religion -- of faith seeking Truth? I would hesitate to declare that someone who shares a different view from my own was "not a Catholic." Minimally, I think that borders on ucharitableness.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2012 7:48:37 AM PDT
Ms Rice's opinions on Catholicism puts me in mind of Thomas More's remark about his son-in-law in A Man for All Seasons: "We will just have to wait Will until your head stops spinning to find out exactly what you believe."

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2012 7:52:24 AM PDT
The magisterium is not the Scriptures, but it is equivalent with Sacred Doctrine because doctrine is nothing other than the voice of the magisterium as teacher. Doctrine is not equivalent to consensus among dissenting Catholics.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2012 11:15:51 AM PDT
Dogma and doctrine are not the same in form or essence, as the church teaches. The Magisterium is the LIVING voice of the teaching church. Indeed, doctrine is not, nor can it be, consensus at any level, but it must be LIVING as Aquinas experienced so well. Our Lord shared dogna, as it were, but doctrine began to emerge in the Cenacle when the Spirit brought fire to earth through discussion Not one, ONE, saint was declared as such for following doctrine, but always because of entering into dogma and risking the imitation of Christ. With the saints, in communion, we must never blame, but always listen for the Veritas in Humilitas, lest we fall into being a cult, not the mystical body of Christ, the People of God, in my reflection.
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