Popes and Politics
Since the 1990s, many books have been published on the role of the Vatican in the modern world. This text presents evidence showing that many of the authors of these books, whether devoted or antagonistic to the papacy, have been...
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Since the 1990s, many books have been published on the role of the Vatican in the modern world. This text presents evidence showing that many of the authors of these books, whether devoted or antagonistic to the papacy, have been guilty of factual distortions and biased interpretations that lead to a flawed picture of the contemporary church. Because the devotees rely on self-righteous piety rather than serious scholarship, their books are treated briefly. As to the antagonists, Lawler argues that they are doing to the church what the church historically did to the Jews - methodically scapegoating an imaginary enemy. Throughout this negative critique, Lawler cites names and provides evidence to back up his assertions.;The second and more detailed focus of this book is on a self-regulating principle of reform which maintains an equilibrium between the centre and periphery, between the church teaching and the church taught. This extended discussion has informative quotations, anecdotes and lessons from some of the greatest and most tragic figures in modern religious history* de Lamennais, Newman, Loisy, Montalembert, Dollinger, Rosmini, Acton, Blondel, Maritain, Bernanos, Congar, Haring and others.
Lawler spends his first few chapters arguing that most commentators on the modern papacy have badly distorted it and Catholicism in order either to support or condemn it. Then he describes what he sees as principles of authentic reform in recent and contemporary Catholics, and offers proposals for the church's institutional and personal renovation. Lawler has written widely on religious and cultural issues. The book is not indexed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Justus George Lawler has been the editor of five publishing imprints and of two quarterly and two monthly journals; he has taught at St. John's University and St. Mary's University in Minnesota, and Loyola University and Xavier University in Chicago. He is the author, editor, and translator of a score of books on religious and cultural issues
Justus George Lawler has been the editor of five publishing imprints and two quarterly and two monthly journals. He is the author, editor, and translator of a score of books on religious and cultural issues, including Celestial Pantomime: Poetic Structures of Transcendence; Hopkins Re-Constructed: Life, Poetry, and the Tradition; and Popes and Politics: Reform, Resentment, and the Holocaust. He has been an associate editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Telos: A Journal of Radical Social Theory, and U.S. Catholic Historian.
- Addresses Issues Including: Church Governance Intellectual Freedom Episcopal Synods Social Morality Structures Of Sin Gender Conflicts Doctrinal Claims Signs Of The Times