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The New Evangelization in a Secular Age

Robert F. Leavitt, PSS

Since Vatican II, the Church has regarded secularism with deep suspicion. Many people consider it the most daunting social and intellectual obstacle to religious belief we face. The diverse forces of secularity defy easy summary, however, and few comprehensive philosophical narratives of it were available prior to Charles Taylor's monumental study, A Secular Age. His presentation has effectively reset debates about the modern conditions for belief, which never cease to engage the church and theology. This book by Robert F. Leavitt is a fundamental theology of modernity for pastors, ministers, theology students, and laity seeking to understand and address the secular challenge to the New Evangelization in the twenty-first century.Robert F. Leavitt, PSS, was ordained a priest in 1968 for the Archdiocese of Hartford. He is a member of the Society of St. Sulpice whose mission is the formation of priests for the church. From 1980 to 2007, he was president-rector of St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore. Currently, he is the France-Merrick University Professor of Theology at St. Mary's. A former student of Raymond Brown and Paul Ricoeur, he teaches courses in fundamental theology, philosophy, and ecumenism.

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Polarization in the US Catholic Church

Naming the Wounds, Beginning to Heal

Edited by Mary Ellen Konieczny, Charles C. Camosy, and Tricia C. Bruce

It is no secret: the body of Christ in the United States is broken. While universality—and unity amid diversity—is a fundamental characteristic of Roman Catholicism, all-too-familiar issues related to gender, sexuality, race, and authority have rent the church. Healthy debates, characteristic of a living tradition, suffer instead from an absence of genuine engagement and dialogue. But there is still much that binds American Catholics. In naming the wounds and exploring their social and religious underpinnings, Polarization in the US Catholic Church underscores how shared beliefs and aspirations can heal deep fissures and the hurts they have caused. Cutting across disciplinary and political lines, this volume brings essential commentary in the direction of reclaimed universality among American Catholics.Mary Ellen Konieczny is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Notre Dame. She holds a PhD from the University of Chicago and an MDiv from Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and she previously worked in ministry and administration for the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. Her book, The Spirit's Tether: Family, Work, and Religion among American Catholics, is an ethnography of liberal and conservative Catholic parishes examining how religion and family life support and shape moral and political polarization.Charles C. Camosy (PhD, University of Notre Dame) is associate professor of theology at Fordham University. His articles have appeared in publications including American Journal of Bioethics, Journal of the Catholic Health Association, Los Angeles Times, and America. He is also the author of Too Expensive to Treat?, Peter Singer and Christian Ethics, For Love of Animals, and Beyond the Abortion Wars. He advises the Faith Outreach office of the Humane Society and the ethics committee of Children's Hospital of New York.Tricia C. Bruce (PhD, University of California Santa Barbara) is associate professor of sociology at Maryville College and author of Faithful Revolution: How Voice of the Faithful Is Changing the Church. Her second book (forthcoming) explores the use of "personal parishes" in response to cultural, ideological, and ethnic diversity among US Catholics. She also co-leads the American Parish Project and has conducted applied research for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Will Pope Francis Pull It Off?

The Challenge of Church Reform

Rocco D'Ambrosio, Translated by Barry Hudock

Pope Francis has made no secret of the fact that he seeks to reform the Catholic Church, especially the institutional components by which it is guided and governed. Standing in his way are institutional inertia, simplistic ideologies, scandals, and the resistance of some who will not readily relinquish power. Can he pull it off?In this smart and thoughtful book, priest-sociologist Rocco D'Ambrosio carefully considers the personality, convictions, and gifts the pope brings to the task. He explores the hurdles Francis faces, the tools at his disposal, and his prospects for success. The result is an institutional analysis of the Catholic Church in the Bergoglio era that promises rich, new insights and plenty of food for thought to every reader. Rocco D'Ambrosio is a lecturer in political philosophy and political ethics at the Pontifical Gregorian University. A diocesan priest, he is also director of Cercasi un Fine ("Seeking a Goal"), an Italian organization for people of various religions and cultures united in seeking a more just, peaceful, and beautiful society. D'Ambrosio received his doctorate in social sciences from the Gregorian in 1995. He is the author of many books (published in Italian) on political science, institutional culture, and Catholic social teaching. This is his first book to be published in English.

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A Holy Yet Sinful Church

Three Twentieth-Century Moments in a Developing Theology

Jeanmarie Gribaudo

This text examines three key moments in the developing theology of the church's holiness and sinfulness in the twentieth century: the ressourcement movement of the 1930s to the 1950s, the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), and the pontificate of John Paul II (1978-2005). The aim of this text is to make accessible the works of Emile Mersch, Henri de Lubac, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Yves Congar, Karl Rahner, and Charles Journet that discuss the holiness and sinfulness of the church and to demonstrate how these works were influential in composing the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium. The author then considers how this developing theology is put into practice in Pope John Paul II's millennial program, which centers on admitting that the Church in its members has sinned and needs to seek forgiveness.Sister Jeanmarie Gribaudo, a Sister of St. Joseph of Boston, holds a doctorate of sacred theology from Boston College. She has extensive experience working with young people, having served for over ten years as Mayor Thomas Menino's youth advisor. She has worked in higher education administration and has taught courses at Stonehill College, Fairfield University, and Sacred Heart University. Currently, she is an adjunct faculty member at Merrimack College in North Andover and serves as a reviewer of catechetical texts for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Catholic Economics

Alternatives to the Jungle

Angus Sibley

Inequality, unemployment, degradation of our environment: these and other practical economic problems reflect faulty economic theories. We have been led astray by ideas that made some sense in the past but are unsuited to our times and by ideas that are fundamentally mistaken. The Catholic Church has an extensive body of teachings on economic and social matters, too little known even among Catholics, which offers practical alternatives to the economics of the jungle. This book provides clear explanations of major errors in conventional economic thinking and shows how the church's teachings can point us in a better direction.Angus Sibley is an actuary and former member of the London Stock Exchange. Received into the Catholic Church at Farm Street Jesuit Church, London, in 1999, he has long been interested in the church's economic and social teachings. He is the author of The "Poisoned Spring" of Economic Libertarianism (Pax Romana, 2011) and of around one hundred articles in American, British, French, and Irish periodicals. Now retired, he lives with his wife Aurora in Paris.

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Fundamentalism at Home and Abroad

Analysis and Pastoral Responses

Gerald A. Arbuckle

For most people, fundamentalism in the modern world has become synonymous with a radical form of Islam, but fundamentalism in many shapes and forms is also very much present in Western societies. Yes, fundamentalist economic, political, nationalistic, and religious movements are aplenty in the West. Using the lens of cultural anthropology, Gerald A. Arbuckle examines fundamentalist attitudes and movements in this book, exploring why they arise and how readers can constructively respond to them.Gerald A. Arbuckle, SM, is codirector of Refounding and Pastoral Development, a research ministry, in Sydney, Australia. An award-winning author, he is internationally known for his expertise in helping church leaders minister effectively in a postmodern world. In 2011 he presented the Martin D'Arcy, SJ, Lectures at Oxford University. His many books include Healthcare Ministry; Violence, Society, and the Church; Laughing with God; Culture, Inculturation, and Theologians; and Catholic Identity or Identities?, all from Liturgical Press.

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Catholic Economics

Alternatives to the Jungle

Angus Sibley

Inequality, unemployment, degradation of our environment: these and other practical economic problems reflect faulty economic theories. We have been led astray by ideas that made some sense in the past but are unsuited to our times and by ideas that are fundamentally mistaken. The Catholic Church has an extensive body of teachings on economic and social matters, too little known even among Catholics, which offers practical alternatives to the economics of the jungle. This book provides clear explanations of major errors in conventional economic thinking and shows how the church's teachings can point us in a better direction.Angus Sibley is an actuary and former member of the London Stock Exchange. Received into the Catholic Church at Farm Street Jesuit Church, London, in 1999, he has long been interested in the church's economic and social teachings. He is the author of The "Poisoned Spring" of Economic Libertarianism (Pax Romana, 2011) and of around one hundred articles in American, British, French, and Irish periodicals. Now retired, he lives with his wife Aurora in Paris.

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Quantum Shift

Theological and Pastoral Implications of Contemporary Developments in Science

Heidi Ann Russell; Foreword by George V. Coyne, SJ

While the field of science has made incredible advances in the past century, and more and more scientists have gone to great lengths to make these developments accessible to the public, we still rarely hear ministers and communities of faith discussing the implications of these developments for the life of faith. Quantum Shift explores recent developments in science from relativity to quantum mechanics to cosmology and then suggests ways in which people of faith might engage these scientific developments to foster their understanding of God and what it means to be part of the world we believe God created. Heidi Ann Russell demonstrates how these scientific developments offer us new and exciting images that spark our theological imaginations and reinvigorate our spiritual lives. Includes illustrations.Heidi Ann Russell, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Institute of Pastoral Studies of Loyola University Chicago. She received her PhD in religious studies from Marquette University and her MDiv/MA from Washington Theological Union. She is the author of the book The Heart of Rahner as well as articles in Theological Studies, Horizons, Science and Theology, Buddhist Christian Studies, and Philosophy and Theology.

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Polarization in the US Catholic Church

Naming the Wounds, Beginning to Heal

Edited by Mary Ellen Konieczny, Charles C. Camosy, and Tricia C. Bruce

It is no secret: the body of Christ in the United States is broken. While universality—and unity amid diversity—is a fundamental characteristic of Roman Catholicism, all-too-familiar issues related to gender, sexuality, race, and authority have rent the church. Healthy debates, characteristic of a living tradition, suffer instead from an absence of genuine engagement and dialogue. But there is still much that binds American Catholics. In naming the wounds and exploring their social and religious underpinnings, Polarization in the US Catholic Church underscores how shared beliefs and aspirations can heal deep fissures and the hurts they have caused. Cutting across disciplinary and political lines, this volume brings essential commentary in the direction of reclaimed universality among American Catholics.Mary Ellen Konieczny is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Notre Dame. She holds a PhD from the University of Chicago and an MDiv from Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and she previously worked in ministry and administration for the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. Her book, The Spirit's Tether: Family, Work, and Religion among American Catholics, is an ethnography of liberal and conservative Catholic parishes examining how religion and family life support and shape moral and political polarization.Charles C. Camosy (PhD, University of Notre Dame) is associate professor of theology at Fordham University. His articles have appeared in publications including American Journal of Bioethics, Journal of the Catholic Health Association, Los Angeles Times, and America. He is also the author of Too Expensive to Treat?, Peter Singer and Christian Ethics, For Love of Animals, and Beyond the Abortion Wars. He advises the Faith Outreach office of the Humane Society and the ethics committee of Children's Hospital of New York.Tricia C. Bruce (PhD, University of California Santa Barbara) is associate professor of sociology at Maryville College and author of Faithful Revolution: How Voice of the Faithful Is Changing the Church. Her second book (forthcoming) explores the use of "personal parishes" in response to cultural, ideological, and ethnic diversity among US Catholics. She also co-leads the American Parish Project and has conducted applied research for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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The New Evangelization in a Secular Age

Robert F. Leavitt, PSS

Since Vatican II, the Church has regarded secularism with deep suspicion. Many people consider it the most daunting social and intellectual obstacle to religious belief we face. The diverse forces of secularity defy easy summary, however, and few comprehensive philosophical narratives of it were available prior to Charles Taylor's monumental study, A Secular Age. His presentation has effectively reset debates about the modern conditions for belief, which never cease to engage the church and theology. This book by Robert F. Leavitt is a fundamental theology of modernity for pastors, ministers, theology students, and laity seeking to understand and address the secular challenge to the New Evangelization in the twenty-first century.Robert F. Leavitt, PSS, was ordained a priest in 1968 for the Archdiocese of Hartford. He is a member of the Society of St. Sulpice whose mission is the formation of priests for the church. From 1980 to 2007, he was president-rector of St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore. Currently, he is the France-Merrick University Professor of Theology at St. Mary's. A former student of Raymond Brown and Paul Ricoeur, he teaches courses in fundamental theology, philosophy, and ecumenism.

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The New Evangelization in a Secular Age

Robert F. Leavitt, PSS

Since Vatican II, the Church has regarded secularism with deep suspicion. Many people consider it the most daunting social and intellectual obstacle to religious belief we face. The diverse forces of secularity defy easy summary, however, and few comprehensive philosophical narratives of it were available prior to Charles Taylor's monumental study, A Secular Age. His presentation has effectively reset debates about the modern conditions for belief, which never cease to engage the church and theology. This book by Robert F. Leavitt is a fundamental theology of modernity for pastors, ministers, theology students, and laity seeking to understand and address the secular challenge to the New Evangelization in the twenty-first century.Robert F. Leavitt, PSS, was ordained a priest in 1968 for the Archdiocese of Hartford. He is a member of the Society of St. Sulpice whose mission is the formation of priests for the church. From 1980 to 2007, he was president-rector of St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore. Currently, he is the France-Merrick University Professor of Theology at St. Mary's. A former student of Raymond Brown and Paul Ricoeur, he teaches courses in fundamental theology, philosophy, and ecumenism.

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Church, Faith, Future

What We Face, What We Can Do

Louis J. Cameli; Afterword by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich

In this challenging but hopeful new book, Church, Faith, Future: What We Face, What We Can Do, Fr. Louis J. Cameli renders a carefully composed portrait of the church in North America today. Drawing on philosophy, history, cultural analysis, and sociology, he offers a sobering picture of where church and faith stand in our society and where they seem to be headed. Identifying several possible ways forward, Fr. Cameli points out the way he sees as the most promising and most faithful to Catholic tradition.In a fascinating afterword to the book, Cardinal Blase Cupich enters into dialogue with Fr. Cameli's thinking, describing how the Archdiocese of Chicago has begun to address the issues and the directions indicated.Father Louis J. Cameli is a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago and the archbishop's delegate for Formation and Mission. Father Cameli has published numerous books on faith formation and spirituality. He has also served as a director for priests' retreats and as a presenter for priests' convocations in the United States, Canada, and New Zealand.

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Church, Faith, Future

What We Face, What We Can Do

Louis J. Cameli; Afterword by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich

In this challenging but hopeful new book, Church, Faith, Future: What We Face, What We Can Do, Fr. Louis J. Cameli renders a carefully composed portrait of the church in North America today. Drawing on philosophy, history, cultural analysis, and sociology, he offers a sobering picture of where church and faith stand in our society and where they seem to be headed. Identifying several possible ways forward, Fr. Cameli points out the way he sees as the most promising and most faithful to Catholic tradition.In a fascinating afterword to the book, Cardinal Blase Cupich enters into dialogue with Fr. Cameli's thinking, describing how the Archdiocese of Chicago has begun to address the issues and the directions indicated.Father Louis J. Cameli is a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago and the archbishop's delegate for Formation and Mission. Father Cameli has published numerous books on faith formation and spirituality. He has also served as a director for priests' retreats and as a presenter for priests' convocations in the United States, Canada, and New Zealand.

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Systematic Theology

A Roman Catholic Approach

Thomas Rausch, SJ

Systematic theology seeks to understand and render more intelligible the central doctrines of faith and to show how they are related to each other. It tries to demonstrate how these doctrines are rooted in Scripture and develop in the history of the church; most important, it strives to more adequately express and sometimes reinterpret the church's doctrinal tradition, always in the interest of better communicating the mystery of salvation and bringing it into a dialogue with culture. The present text is intended to be concise and accessible, an introduction that explores basic themes in Catholic systematic theology from a biblical, historical, and contemporary perspective, always aware of today's theological pluralism.Thomas P. Rausch, SJ, is the T. Marie Chilton Professor of Catholic Theology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. A specialist in ecclesiology, he has published twenty books and numerous articles and has long been active in ecumenism. He co-chairs the Los Angeles Catholic/Evangelical Committee and the Theological Commission for the Archdiocese. From 2010 to 2014 he was a consultor to Jesuit Superior General Father Adolfo Nicholás for ecumenical affairs.

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Welcoming Other Religions

A New Dimension of the Christian Faith

Pierre-François de Béthune, Translated and Edited by William Skudlarek, OSB, Foreword by Dennis Gira

The Benedictine monk Pierre-François de Béthune has dedicated his life to following the lead of the great pioneers of interreligious dialogue at the level of spiritual experience. Having practiced zazen and "Way of tea" assiduously for decades, he now leads readers along the path of spiritual hospitality, describing how welcoming other religions transformed him and brought him to rediscover the Gospel. In this volume, he evokes the spiritual journeys of some of the pioneers of interreligious dialogue, among them, Thomas Merton, Henri Le Saux, Raimon Panikkar, and Christian de Chergé and the monks of Tibhirine. In doing so, he proposes that their commitment to dialogue, hospitality, and welcoming the other corresponds to what the Gospel requires of the followers of Jesus.Pierre-François de Béthune is a monk of the Benedictine monastery of Clerlande in Belgium, where he was prior from 1989 to 2005. He was the first Secretary General of Dialogue Interreligieux Monastique/Monastic Interreligious Dialogue from 1985 to 2007, and in that capacity was a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue from 1995 to 2010. One of his books, Interreligious Hospitality: The Fulfillment of Dialogue, was published by Liturgical Press in 2010.

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