Transforming Catholicism

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The Constitution of Sacred Liturgy is widely regarded as the most significant among the sixteen documents produced by the Second Vatican Council. The constitution has radically redefined the methods and meanings of Catholic worship, including a shift from rote enactment of rituals, to the laity as a spiritual community. Transforming Catholicism offers the first social scientific analysis of these liturgical changes in worship and their implementations in local situations. Guided by a consistent theory of policy implementation, Michael J. McCallion and David R. Maines examine the growing emphasis placed on biblical interpretations of sacred meanings, interpretative homilies, and the production of mass in local languages. This book incorporates first-hand empirical data in studying the influence of professional liturgists on parish worship practices and the subsequent symbolic interactionist theories. Transforming Catholicism is a sophisticated and engaging read that will captivate seminary professors and those interested in policy analysis.

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Editorial Reviews

December 2008 American Catholic Studies
The book...offer[s] some insights into the dynamics involved that can be helpful.
September 2008 Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Transforming Catholicism is theory informed, analytically sophisticated, and empirically rich....Scholars interested in organizational behavior, ritual studies, religious history...will find Transforming Catholicism revealing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739118030
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 2/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 164
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael J. McCallion holds the Rev. William Cunningham Chair of Catholic Social Analysis at Sacred Heart Major Seminary and is the director of the Office of Pastoral Resources and Research in the Department of Parish Life and Services in the Archdiocese of Detroit. David R. Maines is professor of sociology and former chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Oakland University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Vatican II as Policy Formation Chapter 2 Becoming a Vatican II Diocese Chapter 3 Liturgists and Their Social Movements Chapter 4 Bob the Liturgist Chapter 5 First Holy Communion Chapter 6 The Rite of Chirstian Initiation of Adults Chapter 7 The Tabernacle Chapter 8 Implementing Vatican II

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