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BOOKS DEALING WITH CONFLICT, CHANGE AND TRENDS IN THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH

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Change in the Catholic church:

The Roman Catholic Church has been phenomenally successful. It holds the world's record for longevity for any organization. But like most organized religious groups, it sometimes has difficulty handling change. This is very apparent today, as Catholicism struggles to be a universal church spanning widely disparate cultures which have opposing -- and rapidly evolving -- beliefs concerning democracy, human sexuality, and other topics. There are many indications that the Church is improving its ability to handle change. For example, it took the church about four centuries to accommodate Galileo's astronomical discoveries, but only a little over a century to embrace almost all of the theory of evolution.

Many recent books have been written about change in the Church. Some cover an increased role for the laity, greater democracy, and freedom of thought and speech within the organization. But most deal with sexually related topics: abortion, birth control, celibate priesthood, female ordination, feminism, homosexuality, in-vitro fertilization, masturbation, pre-marital sex, same-sex marriage, etc.

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Abortion:

bulletDaniel A. Dombrowski, et al., "A Brief, Liberal, Catholic Defense of Abortion," University of Illinois Press, (2000). Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com's online book store
bulletPat King, "Catholic Women & Abortion: Stories of Healing," Rowman & Littlefield, (1994), Read reviews or order this book
bulletKevin Wm. Wildes, et al., "Choosing Life: A Dialogue on Evangelium Vitae," Georgetown University Press, (1997) Read reviews or order this book

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Abuse of children by the clergy:

bulletThis is a large topic. We have a separate list of books which discuss sexual abuse of children by clergy.

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Anti-Catholic prejudice:

bulletPhilip Jenkins, "The New Anti-Catholicism: The Last Acceptable Prejudice," Oxford University Press, (2003). Read reviews or order this book
bulletMark Massa, "Anti-Catholicism in America: The Last Acceptable Prejudice," Crossroad/Herder & Herder, (2003), Read reviews or order this book

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Celibate Priesthood:

bulletA.W. Richard Sipe, "A secret world: Sexuality and the search for celibacy," Brunner/Mazel, (1990). Read reviews or order this book This book deals primarily with celibacy within the priesthood. It is based on 25 years of interviews with 1,500 people.
bulletHeinz-Jurgen Vogels, "Celibacy-Gift or Law?: A Critical Investigation," Rowman & Littlefield, (2004). Read reviews or order this book
bulletAlphonso M. Cardinal Stickler, "The Case for Clerical Celibacy: Its Historical Development and Theological Foundations," Ignatius Press, (1995). Read reviews or order this book

This list continues below.

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Crises in the church:

bulletGeorge Weigel, "The Courage to Be Catholic: Crisis, Reform, and the Future of the Church," Basic Books, (2002). Read reviews or order this book
bulletPeter Steinfels, "People Adrift : The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America," Simon & Schuster, (2003). Read reviews or order this book
bulletAlphonso M. Cardinal Stickler, "The Case for Clerical Celibacy: Its Historical Development and Theological Foundations," Ignatius Press, (1995). Read reviews or order this book

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Criticism of the church:

bulletJames Carroll, "Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews -- A History," Mariner Books, (2002). Read reviews or order this book
bulletJohn Cornwell, "Hitler's Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII," Penguin Books Ltd, (2000). Read reviews or order this book
bulletKarl Keating, "Catholicism and Fundamentalism: The Attack on 'Romanism' by 'Bible Christians'," Ignatius Press, (1988) Read reviews or order this book
bulletGarry Wills, "Papal Sin : Structures of Deceit," Image Books, (2001). Read reviews or order this book

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The future:

bulletDavid Gibson, "The Coming Catholic Church : How the Faithful Are Shaping a New American Catholicism," Harper SanFrancisco, (2003). Read reviews or order this book
bulletPaul Lakeland, "The Liberation of the Laity: In Search of an Accountable Church," Continuum Pub Group,(2003). Read reviews or order this book
bulletGeorge Weigel, "The Courage to Be Catholic: Crisis, Reform, and the Future of the Church," Basic Books, (2002). Read reviews or order this book

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Homosexuality:

bulletGerald D. Coleman, "Homosexuality: Catholic Teaching and Pastoral Practice," Paulist Press, (1996). Read reviews or order this book
bulletPeter J. Liuzzi, "With Listening Hearts: Understanding the Voices of Lesbian and Gay Catholics," Paulist Press, (2001). Read reviews or order this book
bulletMaurice Shinnick, "This Remarkable Gift: Being Gay & Catholic," Allen & Unwin, (1998). Read reviews or order this book

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Laity:

bulletPaul Lakeland, "The Liberation of the Laity: In Search of an Accountable Church." Continuum Pub Group, (2003). Read reviews or order this book
bulletNational Conference of Catholic Bishops Bishops, "Called and Gifted for the 3rd Millennium: Reflections of the U.S. Catholic Bishops on the 30th Anniversary of the Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity and the 15th Anniversary of ..." United States Catholic Conference, (1995). Read reviews or order this book

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Seminary training:

bulletMichael S. Rose, "Goodbye, Good Men: How Liberals Brought Corruption into the Catholic Church," Regnery Publishing, (2002). Read reviews or order this book
bulletKatarina Schuth, "Seminaries, Theologates, and the Future of Church Ministry: An Analysis of Trends and Transitions," Liturgical Press, (1999). Read reviews or order this book

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Women in the Church:

bulletPhyllis Zagano, "Holy Saturday: An Argument for the Restoration of the Female Diaconate in the Catholic Church," Crossroad/Herder & Herder, (2000). Read reviews or order this book
bulletKaren J. Torjesen, "When Women Were Priests : Women's Leadership in the Early Church and the Scandal of Their Subordination," Harper SanFrancisco, (1995). Read reviews or order this book

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Originally written: 2004-JAN-21
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