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The Dysfunctional Church: Addiction and Codependency in the Family of Catholicism

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Reduced to its simplest form, The Dysfunctional Church maintains that: -The Catholic church is an addict, an institutional addict.- It's addicted to preserving the male, celibate, clerical model of the church.- Many Catholics exhibit patterns of classic codependency which reinforce this addiction.- The result is a dysfunctional church unable to confront a problem many members know is there.Michael Crosby breaks the silence to talk openly about the abuse of authority in the Catholic church. He does this in a way ...

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Overview

Reduced to its simplest form, The Dysfunctional Church maintains that: -The Catholic church is an addict, an institutional addict.- It's addicted to preserving the male, celibate, clerical model of the church.- Many Catholics exhibit patterns of classic codependency which reinforce this addiction.- The result is a dysfunctional church unable to confront a problem many members know is there.Michael Crosby breaks the silence to talk openly about the abuse of authority in the Catholic church. He does this in a way that offers comfort, hope, and challenge to the frustrated but caring members of its family.He traces the historical gathering of powers by the hierarchy into its own hands and its ramification for today. Applying the approach that Matthew's Jesus took to the church leaders of his day, Crosby brings the discerning light of scripture into the dark corners of growing addiction.The Dysfunctional Church is a clear, loving, and unequivocal intervention. The author calls on church leaders and all other codependents in the church to face their addiction and seek recovery through spiritual conversion. Acknowledging that he himself is a recovering codependent, he invites us all to turn to God to fill the "hole" in our wholeness. This involves coming under the authority of a higher power as well as finding support in prophetic communities modeled on the Twelve Steps.For those who left the church in anger, Crosby's analysis invites compassion; for those who remain in frustration, it offers hope; and for the many who feel condemned to the church's use of authority, if offers a way of recovery.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610971478
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Crosby belongs to the Midwest Province of the Capuchin Franciscans. He lives in a Capuchin Community in downtown Milwaukee. His recent books on the gospels of Matthew and John have received awards from the Catholic Press Association. He has a Masters in Economics as well as a Doctorate and Licentiate in Sacred Theology.

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Table of Contents

Part I Laying the Foundation 7

Chapter 1 Introduction 9

Chapter 2 The Dynamics of Addiction and Discovering Them in Matthew 17

Part II Intervention 39

Chapter 3 The Story: Does the First Gospel Address the Addiction to Authority? 41

Chapter 4 The Culture's Story: Examining Mammon Addiction in the United States 53

Chapter 5 The Church's Story 1: Examining Addiction in the Institutional Church 65

Chapter 6 The Church's Story 2: Power, Roles, and Religion in the Institutional Church 91

Chapter 7 The Church's Story 3: The Challenge to Religious Leaders in Matthew 23 119

Chapter 8 Biography: Story and My Story 147

Part III Recovery 175

Chapter 9 The Spirituality of Becoming Wholehearted (Mt 6:19-34) 177

Chapter 10 Seeking Purity of Heart in Order to See God (Mt 6:22-23) 197

Chapter 11 Prophetic Proclamation vs. Clerical Consciousness 217

Endnotes 237

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