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The Future Church: How Ten Trends are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church

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  • Posted September 22, 2012

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    A Helpful Book by a Seasoned Catholic Journalist

    John L. Allen of the National Catholic Reporter is a journalist of great skill and integrity. He has been working in the field of Catholic life and happenings for many years and reports on them with great balance and depth. People of different ecclesial and political persuasions seem equally at ease in being interviewed by him as well as reading and engaging his articles and essays. This book, as I read it, is not so much about him giving his opinion on 10 important issues in Catholic life as it is a report on some things that he has identified as important for Catholics to be mindful of. In other words, this is not the Catholic version of 'Chicken Little': he is not trying to win people over to his way of thinking or frighten current and future generations that the destruction of the Church is near. Indeed, in the introduction and conclusion to the book he seems to be quite clear that he is not speaking in any official capacity for the Church, nor does he write as a theologian or political observer. I think that the book is meant to inspire discussion, reflection and ultimately action on important issues on a personal, diocesan, national and international level. This is a great book to read through as the Catholic Church enters the 'Year of Faith' proposed by Benedict XVI to begin in October 2012.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

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    Roman Catholic church current thinking on where things are going for them and why.

    A strong, and orthodox - very little criticism allowed, listing of current events driving the Roman Catholic church. There is a strong emphasis on the change of the power of the church from being "Northern" (European) - oriented to being "Southern" (Latin American, African, and Asian) - orientation due to changing demographics. There is a strong interpretation of Catholic Evangelical or Charismatics movements today in the church and how that reinforces the conservative positions of the "Northern" church. Probably more interesting to followers of church politics in the emerging world.

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