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The Frontiers of Catholicism

Politics of Ideology in a Liberal World. New Directions in Cultural Analysis S.

By (author) Gene Burns
Format: Hardback
Publisher: University of California Press, Berkerley, United States
Published: 22nd Dec 1992
Dimensions: w 157mm h 236mm
Weight: 660g
ISBN-10: 0520077172
ISBN-13: 9780520077171
Barcode No: 9780520077171
Synopsis
Why does the Catholic Church take a politically conservative stance on some issues, such as abortion and birth control, while on others, such as social programmes and nuclear policy, it resembles the Left? Why do some Catholic groups reject the legitimacy of Church hierarchy and yet choose to remain within it? To explain these apparent contradictions, Gene Burns examines the origins of contemporary diversity and conflict in the Catholic Church, also illuminating the processes of ideological change. Drawing on interviews and archival research, Burns follows the development of ideological trends that are obviously at odds with the traditional values of Catholicism. For example, several American bishops have become outspoken critics of the government, and many American nuns became committed feminists in advance of most American women. With insights into the American Catholic Church, the modern papacy, and the Latin American Church, "The Frontiers of Catholicism" is as much a political study of ideological dynamics as it is an institutional study of religious change.

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