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Finding the Treasure: Locating Catholic Religious Life in a New Ecclesial and Cultural Context

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In her earlier book, New Wineskins, Scheiders (a Catholic Sister who teaches at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley) was concerned with the revisions of the daily way of life that members of religious orders of women might expect in light of Vatican Council II. In this book, the first volume of a proposed two-volume work, she analyses the entire institution of religious orders of women (the Catholic term for this institution is religious life) as these orders intersect and interact with postmodern culture. She situates religious life as a human phenomenon and then considers it in its specifically Christian context. Against this background, Schneiders sketches the emerging contemporary form of religious life in the First World, which is "truly Religious and contemplative without being cloistered and ministerial without being clerical." Though addressed primarily to members of religious orders of women, this may have a broader audience among those who are interested in the contemporary institutions of the Catholic Church. Recommended for academic libraries, particularly at Catholic institutions.--David I. Fulton, Coll. of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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