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eBook formatHardcover, (torrent)En
PublisherOxford University Press, USA
File size1.4 Mb
Release date 01.09.2010
Pages count191
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In the 1960s, the Second Vatican Council enacted the most sweeping changes the Catholic Church had seen in centuries. In readable and compelling prose, Mark S. Massa tells the story of the cultural war these changes ignited in the United States - a war that is still being waged today.

Massa describes how the first stirrings of upheaval took place in the pews, where changes to the mass were felt immediately and viscerally by the faithful. Suddenly, one Sunday, the mass as they had always known it was different, and so was the Church they had believed was timeless and unchanging. The seemingly obvious insight - that everything in history changes, including the Church - generated considerable turmoil within the American Catholic community. Massa shows that the current debates within American Catholicism between "progressives" and "traditionalists" were shaped less by political or external cultural factors than by the dramatic (and sometimes traumatic) recognition that Catholic Christianity itself is not timeless. This recognition, in tandem with the larger cultural and political unrest of the sixties, caused serious rifts to develop within American Catholicism. Skirmishes quickly broke out over the proper way to worship, with "liberals" welcoming change and "conservatives" resisting it. Soon, Catholics found themselves bitterly divided over everything from birth control to the authority of the Church itself.

As he narrates these turbulent events, Massa takes us beyond stereotypes of liberals and conservatives, offering new insights into the last fifty years of American Catholicism. The American Catholic Revolution will be essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the current tnesions in American Catholicism.

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