When a Loved One Leaves the Church

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When a loved one leaves the Church it is a painful journey, both for those who left and for those who pray for their return. This book gives you the opportunity to explore in a private way some of the issues, questions, and concerns faced by people in similar circumstances. While each experience is unique, you may find yourself relating to the feelings expressed throughout the chapters. Hopefully, you may come to rely on a new source of spiritual strength and support in a God of...
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Overview

When a loved one leaves the Church it is a painful journey, both for those who left and for those who pray for their return. This book gives you the opportunity to explore in a private way some of the issues, questions, and concerns faced by people in similar circumstances. While each experience is unique, you may find yourself relating to the feelings expressed throughout the chapters. Hopefully, you may come to rely on a new source of spiritual strength and support in a God of infinite mercy and love.

Author Biography: A freelance writer for twenty-three years, Lorene Hanley Duquin’s articles have appeared in a variety of secular and religious publications. She has written three books, one of which won an award from the Catholic Press Association. Since 1992, she has been involved in the ministry to fallen-away Catholics and their families.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780879739409
  • Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor, Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,012,320
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9
1. When a Loved One Leaves the Church 11
The Questions 17
2. Why Do They Leave? 19
3. Whose Fault Is It? 26
4. Why Am I So Upset? 43
5. How Can I Keep the Lines of Communication Open? 54
6. What If This Person Is Dying? 63
The Situations 81
7. Loss of Faith 83
8. Spiritual But Not Religious 96
9. Dabbling in Other Faiths 108
10. Leaving the Catholic Church 119
11. Interfaith Marriage 130
12. Encountering Fundamentalists 140
13. Cults 155
14. Addictions 169
15. Moral Dilemmas 184
16. The Annulment Process 196
17. Angry at the Church 204
18. Angry at God 213
The Reality 223
19. Sometimes Catholics Come Back to the Church 225
20. Sometimes They Stay Away 237
Resources 247
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2001

    What do you do when they don't go to Church

    Provides incredibly helpful advice about a situation that breaks the heart of every believer. Chock full of the stories of others as well as those of the saints!

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