The Crisis of Confidence in the Catholic Church Paperback

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The Crisis of Confidence in the Catholic Church

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The Catholic Church in the United States and Europe has seendeclining numbers both in regular attendance and in clergy and religious life.Scandals have torn at people's allegiance, and feelings of disappointment, disillusion, and anger have become widespread. Church authorities have seemedreluctant to acknowledge or address these problems and have responded withvexation to those who raise them from the Right or Left. The Crisis of Confidence in the Catholic Church examines the roots of this crisis in light of the nature of the Church community, itsinstitutional structure, and the historical experiences that have brought it tothis pass. Raymond Helmick, SJ, traces the problems of the Catholic Church far back in its history - concentration of Church leadership on control of the Christian population, a requirement of obedience to their rulings rather thanon the Gospel values of Jesus, the defensiveness and self-righteousness in the face of any criticism. Helmick also emphasizes the role of the Second VaticanCouncil as it brought the Church to an awareness of its potentiality for an active life of faith by its total membership. How will the Church revive?
Helmick believes that a new growth of Christianity can come now only by a return to the love and care of its original premises, to the things that are redolent of the life of Jesus. The 'new evangelization' can only be done by living a Christian life, giving an example.

The Crisis of Confidence in the Catholic Church by Raymond G. Helmick was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in July 2014. The ISBN for The Crisis of Confidence in the Catholic Church is 9780567464255.

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Page last updated 22nd November 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (July 2014)
Weight415g
Number of Pages320
Thickness25 mm
Height216 mm
Width138 mm
ISBN9780567464255
ISBN-100567464253
Product Code4257548
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