Empowering the People of God: Catholic Action before and after Vatican II by Christopher D. DennyEmpowering the People of God: Catholic Action before and after Vatican II by Christopher D. Denny

Empowering the People of God: Catholic Action before and after Vatican II

byChristopher D. Denny, Mary Beth Fraser ConnollyEditorJeremy Bonner

Hardcover | November 1, 2013

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The early 1960s were a heady time for Catholic laypeople. Pope Pius XII's assurance "You do not belong to the Church. You are the Church" emboldened the laity to challenge Church authority in ways previously considered unthinkable. Empowering the People of God offers a fresh look at the Catholic laity and its relationship with the hierarchy in the period immediately preceding the Second Vatican Council and in the turbulent era that followed. This collection of essays explores a diverse assortment of manifestations of Catholic action, ranging from genteel reform to radical activism, and an equally wide variety of locales, apostolates, and movements.
Jeremy Bonner is an independent scholar in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mary Beth Fraser Connolly is the Assistant Director of the Lilly Fellows Program and Assistant Adjunct in History at Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana. Her research interests include the history of American women and religion, with a particular interest in A...
Title:Empowering the People of God: Catholic Action before and after Vatican IIFormat:HardcoverDimensions:408 pagesPublished:November 1, 2013Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0823254003

ISBN - 13:9780823254002


Editorial Reviews

I think a broad audience will enjoy this book about the practice of Catholic Action in America. It deals with Pope Pius Xl's call for the laity to engage in "Catholic Action" by assisting the clergy in carrying out the Vatican's definition of the Church's worldly mission, including its commitment to social justice. Millions of the faithful responded to this call, dutifully in he 1930s and 1940s and zealously after mid-century. The introduction to the book deftly contextualizes both periods of Catholic Action, and the essays explore the diversity of the activists reactions to this opportunity. Briefly put, the activists before mid-century conformed to the Pope's charge without challenging the Vatican's authority to define their options. But after 1950, in the new age of cultural individualism in American society and its institutions, the activists opted for the maximum feasible participation of the laity in the definition and implementation of the mission of the Church, a phenomenon that yielded todays' tripartite struggle, laic and clerical , among conservatives, liberals, and moderates for ascendancy in America's largest and perhaps its most quintessentially urban branch of Christianity.