A Faith Interrupted: An Honest Conversation with Alienated Catholics

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According to a recent estimate, seventeen million baptized American Catholics are inactive. Whether this alienation is the result of a gradual slipping away, an incident of mistreatment, or simple uncertainty about one’s faith or beliefs, there is hope for those who are looking to make peace with the church.

In A Faith Interrupted, authors Alice Camille and Joel Schorn serve as compassionate mediators in a conversation with disaffected Catholics, providing a place for people to ...

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Overview

According to a recent estimate, seventeen million baptized American Catholics are inactive. Whether this alienation is the result of a gradual slipping away, an incident of mistreatment, or simple uncertainty about one’s faith or beliefs, there is hope for those who are looking to make peace with the church.

In A Faith Interrupted, authors Alice Camille and Joel Schorn serve as compassionate mediators in a conversation with disaffected Catholics, providing a place for people to clarify what went wrong and identify options for reconciliation and reunion. This book not only explores some of the reasons why Catholics leave the church and offers guidance for those contemplating a return, but also outlines basic principles of the faith, looks at key elements that make up the Catholic identity, and simplifies issues of theology and Church teaching.

Also included are helpful tips on finding the right parish and using spiritual tools to arrive at a better understanding of what one wants from the church. A Faith Interrupted seeks to help readers heal past hurts and find hope for the future.

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As two writers who have worked in the parish-based program known as the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA), Camille and Schorn are accustomed to dealing with people who want to become Catholic. In this book, they reach out to those who were baptized in the faith, but no longer practice it. They begin with an overview of why Catholics leave the church and then attempt to provide reasons to return. After asking disaffected Catholics to think about what they want from the church, they offer ways to find it through the right parish and a deepened spiritual life. As they seek to engage the estimated 17 million alienated American Catholics who now describe themselves as ex, lapsed, former, nonpracticing, retired or recovering, Camille and Schorn take a careful, thoughtful, nonjudgmental approach that employs humor and extends the olive branch of understanding. They also attempt to correct misconceptions, such as those concerning church marriage regulations and the annulment process. If the book has a weakness, it is in the resources appendix, which seems remarkably thin given the wealth of resources available in an exploding Catholic media market today. In general, however, this guide should interest not only disaffected Catholics but also church pastoral staff members interested in outreach to alienated members. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780829416824
  • Publisher: Loyola Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Alice L. Camille is a writer, religious educator with nine years of experience in parish RCIA programs, and the author of Invitation to Catholicism (ACTA 2001) and God's Word Is Alive (Bayard 1989). She has a master's in divinity from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley and currently resides in southern California.

Joel R. Schorn has worked an an editor and writer for several Catholic publications.  He holds a master's in theology and five years of parish RCIA experience.  He lives in Evanston, IL.

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Table of Contents

1 A million good reasons to leave 1
2 Examining the root cause of departure 17
3 What good is the church? 39
4 What do you want from the church? 57
5 What does it take to be Catholic? 79
6 The search for the "good" parish 107
7 Strengthening your spiritual life 125
8 Why be Catholic? 147
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