Consecrated Religious Life: The Changing Paradigms

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In the 1970's Diarmuid O'Murchu predicted that the numbers of men and women in consecrated religious life would decline sharply-and many dismissed him as a prophet of doom. But history has born him out: in 1960 there were 1.3 million serving the Catholic Church in this capacity; in 1990 there were 900,000. While debate continues on why this has come to be, O'Murchu now prepares us to move forward, evaluating afresh the time-honored traditions of the vowed life and offering insights to make sense of the ...
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Overview

In the 1970's Diarmuid O'Murchu predicted that the numbers of men and women in consecrated religious life would decline sharply-and many dismissed him as a prophet of doom. But history has born him out: in 1960 there were 1.3 million serving the Catholic Church in this capacity; in 1990 there were 900,000. While debate continues on why this has come to be, O'Murchu now prepares us to move forward, evaluating afresh the time-honored traditions of the vowed life and offering insights to make sense of the challenging new times in which we live.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570756191
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Pages: 267
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 What have the paradigms got to do with religious life? 1
Ch. 2 Paradigms in decline 25
1 The God-image of 2000 years 31
2 Patriarchial religion 38
3 The power of dualisms 46
4 Eccesiastical, canonical control 53
5 Preoccupation with the sinful world 59
6 The soul over the body 66
7 Obedience unto death 72
Ch. 3 Paradigms in transition 78
1 Catholicism in a new guise 85
2 Spirituality vis-a-vis religion 95
3 Flee the world / embrace creation 102
4 Women's redemptive rage 110
5 The church vis-a-vis the kingdom of God 118
6 Consecration - communion - mission 125
7 Mission vis-a-vis ministry 131
8 New models of leadership 139
Ch. 4 Paradigms coming to birth 146
1 The world is bigger than the church 146
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