- Paperback: 190 pages
- Publisher: The Father Mazzuchelli Society (October 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615887082
- ISBN-13: 978-0615887081
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,176,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Report on the Sinsinawa Dominicans Today Paperback – October 1, 2013
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Elizabeth Durack was born in 1978. She is a "revert" Catholic, and dedicated to Jesus in single-heartedness as a privately vowed celibate.
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Elizabeth Durack writes with great charity, and clearly cares for these women. Even so, the picture which emerges seems to me to offer little hope for a return to traditional values in the order. And lacking that, they are shrinking, as are so many of the orders which have been caught up in the post-Conciliar fads of the age. Whether Modernism, liberalism, feminism or liberation theology, or a mix of these, the result is inevitably damaging.
I did not enjoy reading this book, but I do very much appreciate the care with which the author has addressed the subject.
Elizabeth has done a masterful of job of digging into publicly available sources, speaking with people (including members of the woman's religious institute that is the subject of this book), and attending public events to create this work which is part history, part analysis, and part commentary. While one can find the occasional typo, or a paragraph wherein one has to work a bit to determine who the speaker is, the overall quality of the compilation, analysis, writing and presentation is worthy of a doctoral dissertation while still being readable by the general public. Hence my 5-star rating.
This book would be of interest to anyone who would want to develop some insight into the decline of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States in the late 20th and early 21st centuries after Christ. While this book focuses on a congregation nominally based in Wisconsin, the implications are nation- and, indeed, world-wide, as the sort of abandonment of dedication to the primary purpose of the Church -- the sanctification and salvation of human souls through the transmission of the saving power of Jesus' sacrifice, and knowledge of Him -- in favor of pursuing ideologies which often have little or nothing to do with that (or, in no few cases, are directly opposed), is by no means limited to the Sate of Wisconsin or the United States of America.
For those who are not familiar with what is going on, and who are either devoted to the Faith or adhere to the notion that behavior should follow logically from principles (especially the inherently proclaimed principles that come from publicly identifying with an organization), will find what is reported in this book, frankly, more than a little shocking.
The breakdown of religious orders is something I have been studying for some time as part of the work of the Catholic apostolate I founded, and this very well researched and well written book about one specific order and how it slowly unraveled is superb.
I have not found any other work that reaches such a level of specificity while connecting to the larger story--a very sad story--of the breakdown of so many orders of nuns and sisters in our country over the past few decades.
The author is a deeply devout Catholic and her concern and care for the strength of the order she examines is very evident.
I highly recommend it.
David H. Lukenbill
The Lampstand Foundation