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Flying in the Face of Tradition: Listening to the Lived Experience of the Faithful Paperback – April 1, 2012
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*has had a growing lack of confidence in Church leadership, exacerbated by the priest-pedophile scandals and their cover-ups by bishops and cardinals;
*resolved your conscience on birth control and human sexuality long ago, contrary to Vatican teachings;
*finds a dichotomy between the words of Christ's invitation: "Take this and eat, ALL OF YOU" and the mandated communion practice: ("Take this and eat, MEMBERS OF OUR CLUB") and hopes for a more inclusive Eucharist to include divorced/remarried persons;
*would like to see an open discussion of ordination of married persons and women without recriminations from the Vatican;
then this is a book for you.
It's written by a lifelong (70 years) faithful Christian Brother, recipient of a Pontifical Award conferred by Pope John Paul II and honorary degrees from five U. S. colleges. He was president of St. Mary's University in Minnesota for twenty years, and now serves the Christian Brothers organization in Rome. So he's part of the institutional church that he is now challenging to begin operating with a concern for service and justice, and to shed its obsession with secrecy and power.
Brother Louis defines tradition to acknowledge that the Church has inevitably undergone change throughout its 2000-year history, and to mandate a common-sense reading of the times by the people of God. He points out that the Church has been placed in a tumultuous era of change about every 500 years: (the Reformation of 1500s; the Great Schism of the 1000s; and even in 457). We're in this era again. What's emerging is a democratic, questioning, non-hierarchical, Jesus-oriented Christianity.
This change is unstoppable.Read more ›
Flying in the Face of Tradition, which was just published in the spring of 2012, is a 102-page example of the true definition of humility - meaning that it is written without hyperbole, exaggeration or distortion, but from within a clear foundation of personal experience and expertise. Brother Louis asks questions that cut right to the heart of the problems plaguing the institutional church today, and does so in a quiet, respectful manner that never strays from his aim of reconciliation and unity. He never belittles, attacks, or assumes evil intent, nor does he gloss over, excuse or sidestep into highflown abstraction. Instead, he proposes a set of questions designed "to appeal to common sense and the core values and beliefs within Catholicism" to arrive at "first, an understanding of the present reality of what is going on in the world today; and second, an analysis of how that present reality affects what is going on within the church today.Read more ›
To understand the differences between institutional church and the church of the people is to return to the hope that the Spirit is alive and well.
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This is a challenging book. It looks tradition and history of the Catholic Church directly in the face and challenges the "man made" rules that have governed the Church... Read morePublished on May 14, 2014 by BobbyGee
Excellent book on the Catholic Church challenges of current days! Still valid under today's new Pope Francis who is certainly addressing the issues presented in this book! Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by Jose Ildemaro Leon Carvallo
Brother De Thomasis defines tradition as "a way for the people of God to read the signs of the times and invent the future. Read morePublished on September 16, 2013 by TMJV1
A must read for our time. Thoughtful and thought provoking for the people of the Catholic Church in the 21st century. Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by Maria
Brother is describing the future of the institutional church or lack thereof. The leaders of the Church had better read this book.Published on July 28, 2013 by William Hopper
Having heard this was well writtenn I appreciated the simple, straight forward critique of the Catholic Church by someone who knows and loves the Church. Read morePublished on April 6, 2013 by Louie
Excellent description of the church today and what is needed to bring it into today's world. Brother Louis loves the church but is not afraid to see the problems that it is... Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by Kathryne Sutliff
This is not a "read-it-and-fall-asleep" book. It is thought-provoking and very readable - one of those books that begs to be read over and over again because it helps one... Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by M. Cate Madisen
This author provides a thoughtful reflection of some issues that are facing the church today. Very timely given the coming election of a new pope.Published on February 20, 2013 by Barbara H. Anderson