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"Every bishop and priest in the Catholic Church should sit down and read this remarkable book."— The Tablet

Global Catholicism examines the complex pressure the Second Vatican Council placed on the Roman Catholic Church and the counterforces that have mobilized in responce to its reforms. Ian Linden considers whether the Catholic Church has lived up to the promise of the Vatican II and whether it has come to terms with the challenges of pluralism, modernity, and different forms of spirituality. He also focuses on historical and theological factors that have had a huge impact on the evolution and international standing of the church in the twentieth century.

Linden examines the Church's response to global and local wars and efforts to maintain peace; the growth of nationalism and the struggle for democratization in Africa; theological debates over liberation; the actions carried out by military dictatorships; guerilla combat in Latin America, Africa, and the Phillipines; interactions with communist governments; and inculturation and contact with a resurgent Islam. Depsite an honest assessment of the Church's failings, Linden ultimately portrays the Catholic Church as an organization uniquely attuned to globalization.

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Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement - Rupert Shortt

[An] admirable new book.

The Tablet

Every bishop and priest in the Catholic Church should sit down and read this remarkable book. Ian Linden has quietly demolished canards levelled against those who believe that the reforming work of the Second Vatican Council is not yet complete.

Times Literary Supplement
[An] admirable new book.

— Rupert Shortt

Choice

Linden offers a detailed insider perspective of the Second Vatican Council and its roots and aftereffects.

Catholic Historical Review

This book tells the fascinating and important story of Roman Catholicism's shift from a relatively Eurocentric to a more global Church.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231154161
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 3/3/2009
  • Series: Columbia/Hurst Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Linden is a professional research associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, Univeristy of London, and has spent more than forty years writing for Catholic periodicals and magazines.

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Table of Contents

1 The Legacy of Anti-Modernism 1

2 Dominican and Jesuit Pioneers 17

3 The Vatican Council: Early Stages 45

4 The Vatican Council: A New Vision 67

5 The Church of the Poor in Latin America 91

6 The Church in Conflict 121

7 Radicals and Liberals in the Philippines and South Africa 155

8 Democracy and Nationalism in Africa 199

9 Inculturation and Dialogue with Islam 237

10 A Global Church in the Twenty-First Century 261

Notes 283

Index 325

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