The Other Catholics: Remaking America's Largest Religion

Hardcover | May 24, 2016

byJulie Byrne

not yet rated|write a review

Independent Catholics are not formally connected to the pope in Rome. They practice apostolic succession, seven sacraments, and devotion to the saints. But without a pope, they can change quickly and experiment freely, with some affirming communion for the divorced, women's ordination, clerical marriage, and same-sex marriage. From their early modern origins in the Netherlands to their contemporary proliferation in the United States, these "other Catholics" represent an unusually liberal, mobile, and creative version of America's largest religion.

In The Other Catholics, Julie Byrne shares the remarkable history and current activity of independent Catholics, who number at least two hundred communities and a million members across the United States. She focuses in particular on the Church of Antioch, one of the first Catholic groups to ordain women in modern times. Through archival documents and interviews, Byrne tells the story of the unforgettable leaders and surprising influence of these understudied churches, which, when included in Catholic history, change the narrative arc and total shape of modern Catholicism. As Pope Francis fights to soften Roman doctrines with a pastoral touch and his fellow Roman bishops push back with equal passion, independent Catholics continue to leap ahead of Roman reform, keeping key Catholic traditions but adding a progressive difference.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$29.97 online
$39.00 list price (save 23%)
In stock online
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

Independent Catholics are not formally connected to the pope in Rome. They practice apostolic succession, seven sacraments, and devotion to the saints. But without a pope, they can change quickly and experiment freely, with some affirming communion for the divorced, women's ordination, clerical marriage, and same-sex marriage. From th...

Julie Byrne is associate professor of religion and the Monsignor Thomas J. Hartman Chair in Catholic Studies at Hofstra University. She is the author of O God of Players: The Story of the Immaculata Mighty Macs (Columbia, 2003).

other books by Julie Byrne

O God of Players
O God of Players

Kobo ebook|Nov 5 2003

$24.69 online$31.99list price(save 22%)
The Sterling's: Poppa's Birthday
The Sterling's: Poppa's Birthday

Paperback|Jun 8 2007

$16.50

Format:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:May 24, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231166761

ISBN - 13:9780231166768

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of The Other Catholics: Remaking America's Largest Religion

Reviews

Extra Content

Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Other CatholicsPart I. Catholic1. Weeping and Woo-Woo: Observing Independent Catholicism in AmericaPart II. Succession2. Mission and Metamorphosis: Narrating Modern Catholic History3. Love and Meta-Catholicism: Founding the Church of AntiochPart III. Sacraments and Saints4. Dance and Balance: Leading American Independents5. Mix and Mysticism: Experimenting with US Catholicism6. Sacraments and Saints: Hearing a New CallConclusion: All CatholicsAppendix: Independent Catholicism SurveyNotesPrimary SourcesIndex

Editorial Reviews

[Julie Byrne] brings an astonishing narrative drive to a wide range of little-known historical and contemporary ethnographic material. There's nothing like a good story.