A People Adrift
The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America
By (author) Peter Steinfels
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People Adrift by Peter Steinfels
Book DescriptionIn this widely acclaimed book that will long remain an indispensable work on American religion and the Catholic Church, one of its most influential laymen in the United States says that the Roman Catholic Church in America must either reform profoundly or lapse into irreversible decline. In addition to providing a spiritual identity for over 60 million Americans, the church is the nation's largest nongovernmental provider of education and social services, as well as the largest not-for-profit provider of health care. But even before the recent revelations about sex abuse by priests, American Catholicism was already heading for a major crisis, with its traditional leadership depleted by the decline in religious vocations and paralyzed by "theological gridlock." Catholicism in the United States confronts hard choices among contrasting visions for the future, choices with huge implications for American life. Analyzing these choices in ways that escape all the familiar labels of conservative or liberal, Steinfels points to the directions the church must take to survive.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780743261449
(234mm x 155mm x 33mm)
Imprint: Simon and Schuster
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Peter Steinfels
Commonweal Confronts the Century, Paperback (November 1999)» View all books by Peter Steinfels
A collection of engaging and provocative pieces from "Commonweal" magazine--now celebrating its 75th year--that represents the Catholic intellectual tradition at its most thoughtful and controversial.
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Author Biography - Peter Steinfels
Peter Steinfels, former co-director of the Fordham University Center on Religion and Culture, is a university professor at Fordham. He was religion columnist for The New York Times and editor of Commonweal. Steinfels is the author of A People Adrift: The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America (Simon & Schuster, 2003). He lives in New York City.
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