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Practicing Catholic Hardcover – April 1, 2009
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A clear-eyed and personal examination of the Catholic faith, its leaders, and its complicated history by National Book Awardâwinner James Carroll
James Carroll turns to the notion of practiceâboth as a way to learn and a means of improvementâas a lens for this thoughtful and frank look at what it means to be Catholic. He acknowledges the slow and steady transformation of the Church from its darker, medieval roots to a more pluralist and inclusive institution, charting along the way stories of powerful Catholic leaders (Pope John XXIII, Thomas Merton, John F. Kennedy) and historical milestones like Vatican II. These individuals and events represent progress for Carroll, a former priest, and as he considers the new meaning of belief in a world that is increasingly as secular as it is fundamentalist, he shows why the world needs a Church that is committed to faith and renewal.
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The author has gone much further in his disagreement with the church than I would. Yet for the most part, He certainly has valid reasons. I too believe the hierarchy is "more or less" corrupt. I say more or less because I hate to lump them all together. Yet it is obvious that few live a day to day life style that mirrors what we know about Jesus; and, they certainly can be condemned for the manner in which the priest scandal was handled. Women priests? That would bother me but then I am very conservative by nature. I suspect I would eventually come to accept it.
All in all, I think this book is well worth reading but it would help for the reader to have at least a minimal knowledge of Church history (and I do not mean the grade and high school history taught in Catholic schools).
Also, if you too are a practicing Catholic, don't be scandalized. We all have to follow our conscience. His is maybe just different from yours and you may well believe him to be a heretic. But, he does have the good of our church at heart.
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