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Nothing to Hide: Secrecy, Communication, and Communion in the Catholic Church Paperback – April, 2008
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Shaw is that rare Catholic analyst of Church affairs - a loyalist without being an apologizer. As a bonus, he writes well and the text moves quickly and forcefully.
Jason Berry's Render on the Rome is a great companion piece, as he demonstrates the fallout of what Shaw decries in this book.
The book clarifies how truth and openness work at the heart of unity within the Church and how openness ties directly into our communion as members of the body of the church. Mr. Shaw also makes many helpful observations regarding clericalism (an elitist culture among clerics that gives deference to clerics over the common layman) and it's corrosive affects on a vibrant living community of faithful Christians.
Here's an interesting quotation:
"[T]he Church is a communion, not a political democracy; therefore openness and accountability are even more important in the Church than they are in a democracy." I've drawn this quotation from page 9 of the introduction.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the life and history of our church. The book addresses the misuse of secrecy by bishops and priests and the corrosive affect that secrecy has on the life and spirit of the Church. It does much to provide practical, well reasoned steps to help the Church function in our society and to embrace the implications for our Church to fully be of the Church of Christ.
Mr. Shaw's writing style accommodates the reader and carries him through the material easily. He quotes from many of the essential documents of Vatican II and of later years regarding communication within the church and from the church to the world.
The book could, and I would suggest ought, to be used as a primer for the formation of those lay people who wish to participate in parish and diocesan councils. The text provides much substantial information from essential encyclicals and Vatican II documents. In this way the book does a great deal to inform and educated interested members of the faithful, and offers further areas of study as well.
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This book deals with the question of secrecy in the Catholic Church; that is, what kinds of things should be made known to the public, how much access should reporters have at... Read morePublished on May 4, 2010 by Bobby Bambino