Can We Save the Catholic Church?

Can We Save the Catholic Church?

by Hans Kung
     
 

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The Catholic Church has been nearly destroyed by its resistance to change, censured for its abuses. Pope Francis has promised reform: radical theologian Hans Küng here presents what Catholics have long been yearning for: modern responses to the challenges of a modern world.See more details below

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The Catholic Church has been nearly destroyed by its resistance to change, censured for its abuses. Pope Francis has promised reform: radical theologian Hans Küng here presents what Catholics have long been yearning for: modern responses to the challenges of a modern world.

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Publishers Weekly
02/24/2014
The Catholic Church is hemorrhaging members and is in dire need of assistance, proclaims Kung, prominent theologian at the University of Tubingen and founder of the Global Ethic Foundation. According to the author, in the decades following the second Vatican Council, the church's hierarchy became more entrenched, ossified, and resistant to change. Droves of faithful are leaving Catholicism for other denominations, and young people do not consider organized religion relevant to their lives. This assessment is highly credible, as it comes from a man with a strong intellectual voice and a wise heart, who was present at Vatican II and who has been fighting for reform for five decades. The author's response to the question posed in the title is, "Yes," but only if the hierarchy, along with the people in the pews, return to the foundational message of Jesus and discard the trappings of power, pomp, and prestige. These were never meant to define the Church, which needs to embrace its initial mission to spread God's word. (Feb.)
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‘An impassioned critique of the centrist-absolutist DNA of the Catholic Church’ New Statesman“It is such an easy and accessible read, and at the same time it is a marvellous synthesis of the problems facing the Church at present. It shows how much he cares for the Church and for the Christian message.”Fr Tony Flannery, C.Ss.R.Founder of the Association of Catholic PriestsCan we save the Catholic Church? has both authority and authenticity. Küng’s authorship is its own guarantee of impeccable scholarship and research. Working within the Catholic framework, his expertise and vast learning support his suggestions for examination and reform. British readers will, perhaps, reflect that the full title of the Opposition in the UK Government is that of the ‘Loyal Opposition’: disagreement is not necessarily disloyalty. It is this very quality which differentiates Can we save the Catholic Church? from the many books which can only be described as ‘Catholic-bashing’.This book makes for frequently uncomfortable reading, but it is worth noting that Küng has submitted a copy to Pope Francis, who has promised to read it. It calls for the Church to embrace the spirit and teachings of Vatican II and fits into the time-honoured framework allotted to Catholic academics who, sometimes at personal cost, strive to make the Gospel meaningful and relevant in their own society.Sr Janet Fearns FMDMThis latest book is incisive and sharp; it is also a very accessible read. He examines, over a text running to some 350 pages, the historical background detail that precedes our present circumstances. He honestly confronts the Church as it is and yet lays out a future that continues the Gospel mission of the Church if only we recognise our present reality and respond to it.Chris McDonnell, retired headteacher and member of A Call to Action UK.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780007522026
Publisher:
HarperCollins UK
Publication date:
02/04/2014
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
450,192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

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