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Breaking Faith: The Pope, the People and the Future of the Catholic Church

John Cornwell

Breaking Faith: The Pope, the People and the Future of the Catholic Church

John Cornwell

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The Catholic Church is an extraordinary operation. Even in our supposedly secular age it numbers more than a billion faithful throughout the world, and its followers are increasing at a remarkable rate. But today, on the threshold of a new papacy, Catholics face a gamut of crises threatening division, fragmentation - even schism. Far from healing the rift, the Vatican under Pope John Paul II is driving the opposing factions still further apart.;In this highly controversial book John Cornwell, himself a committed Catholic, assesses the state of the Church throughout the world. He warns that on the death of Pope John Paul II a major schism - and with it the spectre of a new Reformation - will occur unless his successor can bridge the gulf between conservatives and progressives. The role of women in the Church; the split between teaching and practice on birth control, sexual morals and divorce; the changing face of the priesthood* all are examined in this riveting survey.

- Publisher "Breaking Faith addresses issues that range from the core concepts of everyday practice to the organization of the Church worldwide - the "graying" of the priesthood, the growing discontent among women religious, the determination of the hard-line conservative movement to close ranks against any hint of dissent - and finally, the power of Rome, the role of the Pope, and the lasting effects of John Paul II's autocratic rule."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

- Publisher These essays look at the state of the Catholic Church since 1991. The author shows that a major schism in the church is imminent unless the papacy determines to heal the rift between conservatives and liberals, orthodoxy and pluralism.

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About "Breaking Faith: The Pope, the People and the Future of the Catholic Church"

The Catholic Church is an extraordinary operation. Even in our supposedly secular age it numbers more than a billion faithful throughout the world, and its followers are increasing at a remarkable rate. But today, on the threshold of a new papacy, Catholics face a gamut of crises threatening division, fragmentation - even schism. Far from healing the rift, the Vatican under Pope John Paul II is driving the opposing factions still further apart.;In this highly controversial book John Cornwell, himself a committed Catholic, assesses the state of the Church throughout the world. He warns that on the death of Pope John Paul II a major schism - and with it the spectre of a new Reformation - will occur unless his successor can bridge the gulf between conservatives and progressives. The role of women in the Church; the split between teaching and practice on birth control, sexual morals and divorce; the changing face of the priesthood* all are examined in this riveting survey.
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"Breaking Faith addresses issues that range from the core concepts of everyday practice to the organization of the Church worldwide - the "graying" of the priesthood, the growing discontent among women religious, the determination of the hard-line conservative movement to close ranks against any hint of dissent - and finally, the power of Rome, the role of the Pope, and the lasting effects of John Paul II's autocratic rule."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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These essays look at the state of the Catholic Church since 1991. The author shows that a major schism in the church is imminent unless the papacy determines to heal the rift between conservatives and liberals, orthodoxy and pluralism.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

John Cornwell

John Cornwell, a prize-winning author and journalist, has been Director of the Science and Human Dimension Project since 1990 at Jesus College, Cambridge. He is the author of a number of books including Hitler's Pope and, most recently, Seminary Boy.

Table Of Contents

  • On Catholic Bashing
  • A Catholic Dark Age
  • Divisions
  • What Is The Church?
  • The Pope From Poland
  • A Catholic Personal History
  • Conversion Of Life
  • The Great Adulteration
  • Dilution Of Belief
  • Catholic ""sexology""
  • Priests
  • A Disgruntled Laity
  • Women In The Church
  • The New Inquisition
  • The Science And Politics Of Saints
  • Hierarchy
  • Epilogue
  • The Next Pope.

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 172867
  • Product Code 0670911062
  • EAN 9780670911066
  • Pages 320
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category Roman Catholicism
  • Publisher Penguin Books
  • Publication Date Jan 2002
  • Dimensions 223 x 145 x 30 mm
  • Weight 0.045kg

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