The Catholic Myth

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For the past three decades, Andrew Greeley, priest, sociologist, and bestselling author, has researched the behavior and beliefs of American Catholics. Here he translates his works into hard data as he describes "the fascinating, wonderful, and slightly daffy story of American Catholicism since the end of the Second Vatican Council". A powerful argument, this survey dispels many myths, ans gives new meaning to the word "Catholic".

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Overview

For the past three decades, Andrew Greeley, priest, sociologist, and bestselling author, has researched the behavior and beliefs of American Catholics. Here he translates his works into hard data as he describes "the fascinating, wonderful, and slightly daffy story of American Catholicism since the end of the Second Vatican Council". A powerful argument, this survey dispels many myths, ans gives new meaning to the word "Catholic".

For the past three decades, Andrew Greeley, priest, sociologist, and bestselling author, has researched the behavior and beliefs of American Catholics. Here he translates his works into hard data as he describes "the fascinating, wonderful, and slightly daffy story of American Catholicism since the end of the Second Vatican Council." A powerful argument, this survey dispels many myths, ans gives new meaning to the word "Catholic."

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With characteristic insouciance, Greeley, professor of sociology at the University of Arizona and bestselling novelist, sets himself the task of defining contemporary Catholicism as practiced in the U.S. What he describes as ``the fascinating, wonderful and slightly daffy story of American Catholicism since the end of the Second Vatican Council'' is explored with imaginative departures based on sociometric analyses generated at the University of Chicago's National Opinion Research Center. Greeley's conclusion that Catholics remain in their institutional church ``because they like being Catholic, because of loyalty to the imagery of the Catholic imagination . . . '' is buttressed by his often angry, sometimes humorous attacks on established Church figures such as St. Augustine, for his sexism. This lively, readable assessment of contemporary Catholicism may affront some readers, but will likely stimulate and challenge others. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Greeley the novelist is also a respected sociologist specializing in surveying the American religious scene. This particular volume, he says, is aimed at the Phil Donahues of the world, who espouse certain ``truths'' about the beliefs and behavior of American Catholics--and particularly Irish-American Catholics--that Greeley's survey shows not to be true. The survey results are presented in narrative style, with much provocative comment thrown in. He tests his theory that religion is imagination before anything else and finds that Catholics imagine differently from others. Catholics remain Catholics, he says, because they like the imagery of the Catholic imagination. Greeley's Religious Change in America ( LJ 2/15/89) offers a survey of both Protestant and Catholic opinions in a more subdued manner.-- Augustine J. Curley, Newark Abbey, N.J.
Booknews
The irreverent reverend has been researching the beliefs and behavior of American Catholics through data collected at the U. of Chicago National Opinion Research Center. Here he looks at Catholic attitudes toward sex, marriage, Church authority, the priesthood, feminism, and more. Not for Catholics only. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684826820
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 8/1/1997
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 829,266
  • Product dimensions: 0.76 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

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