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Global Catholicism

Author(s): Ian Linden

ISBN13: 9781850659563

ISBN10: 1850659567

Publisher: Veritas Warehouse - Ballycoolin D 11

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  • Global Catholicism charts the complex history of the forces of renewal unleashed on the Roman Catholic Church by the Second Vatican Council and the counter-forces that were mobilised against it during the last half century. Ian Linden offers a comprehensive analysis of how much the Catholic Church has lived up to the Councils promise, come to terms with pluralism, modernity, and different forms of spirituality and become a genuinely world Church, the only competitor to global Islam in the twenty-first century. He focuses notably on changes that had wider historical importance than the internal evolution of the Roman Catholic Church as a religious organisation: war and peace, nationalism and democratisation in Africa, liberation theology, military dictatorships, guerrilla movements in Latin America, Africa and Philippines, interaction with communist governments, in culturation and relations with resurgent Islam.
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    `In the authors usual lucid and racy style, he takes us through the struggles that led up to, and dominated, the Second Vatican Council, as well as the conflicts and struggles in todays Church. He pulls no punches about such controversial issues as celibacy, liberation theology, inculturation, Islam and Roman domination. One of the greatest achievements of the book, though, is that it is not Eurocentric. Todays Church with its strengths and weak?¼nesses is a global church and Linden is well-positioned to write about what is happening not only in Europe and North America but also in Latin America, Asia and Africa. Global Catholicism is singularly informative and enlightening, not least because it is boldly honest:

    - Father Albert Nolan, internationally renowned theologian and author ofJesus Before Christianity and Jesus Today: A Spirituality of Radical Freedom

    Anyone in need of a short but hugely well-informed account of where the Catholic Church is now in the early twenty-first century, and of how a truly global church emerged from the Euro-centrEd ambiguities of the Second Vatican Council, need seek no further than Ian Lindens book:

    - Denys Turner, Horace Tracy Pitkin Professor of Historical Theology, Yale University

    This balanced and lucid exploration of global Catholicism is informed by Ian Lindens long experience of working with Catholic communities in the worldwide Church. He celebrates the radical vision for peace and justice which emerged in the Second Vatican Council and has been passionately promoted by the papacy ever since, but he also laments the extent to which this has been obscured by the Vaticans tendency towards authoritarianism, its preoccupation with questions of sexuality, and its strong resistance to feminism. This book is a must read for all who are interested in contem?¼porary Catholicism, its tensions and conflicts, and its future potential if the dynamism and energy of the laity, of womens religious orders and of non-western churches are acknowledged by the Roman curia and are allowed freedom to flourish:

    - Tina Beattie, Professor of Catholic Studies, Roehampton University, former President of the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain.


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