Whose Church?: A Concise Guide to Progressive Catholicism

Whose Church?: A Concise Guide to Progressive Catholicism

by Daniel C. Maguire
     
 

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In the spring of 2007, Daniel C. Maguire was condemned by U.S. bishops for his progressive writings, because, the New York Times reported, Maguire’s pamphlets on abortion and same-sex marriage “are written in a very popular and lively style, and from what the bishops knew, they were very widely distributed.” Praised by Ms. Magazine

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In the spring of 2007, Daniel C. Maguire was condemned by U.S. bishops for his progressive writings, because, the New York Times reported, Maguire’s pamphlets on abortion and same-sex marriage “are written in a very popular and lively style, and from what the bishops knew, they were very widely distributed.” Praised by Ms. Magazine as one of “40 male heroes who took a chance for women,” Daniel C. Maguire is a noted theologian and ethicist whose controversial views and irreverent style have rankled conservatives for nearly thirty years.

In this pithy guide to progressive Catholicism, Maguire shows how tragically far conservative Catholic politics have strayed from the best Catholic social teaching. Whose Church? takes special aim at the “pelvic politics” that have dominated official Catholicism, skewering the Church hierarchy’s rigid positions on sex and reproduction and revealing a “spiritually healthy” alternative approach that is fully in line with Catholic tradition. Whose Church? offers deeply informed and incisive theological arguments in favor of gender equality, affirmative action and antiracism, opposition to war, and the fight against poverty and economic inequality.

Full of humor, passion, and intolerance for injustice, Whose Church? is a manifesto for Catholics and for progressives everywhere—showing the way forward at a critical juncture in the history of the U.S. Catholic Church and in progressive politics more generally.

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This book serves as a wake-up call to left-wing Catholics to fill the emptying pews of their churches. Maguire (moral theological ethics, Marquette Univ.; Sacred Choices: The Right to Contraception), a former priest, advocates following the tradition of Catholic feminists, Latin American liberation theologians, Catholic peace groups, and Catholic lay groups like Call for Action and Voice of the People. He approvingly cites Father Thomas Berry, who departs from sola scripture, puts the Bible in its place, and states that the world is our primary revelation of the divine. Other topics he discusses include warfare, capitalism, ecology, social justice, civil rights, women's issues, and political issues. Maguire weakens his argument by twice misinterpreting Mary's song in the Gospel of St. Luke as showing that Christ here addresses poverty and wealth. Mary's song, correctly understood, is about a soul hungering for God, a soul whose hunger will be filled. Traditional Catholics will see a different view of sex, abortion, and gay marriage. Recommended for large libraries.
—George Westerlund

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595583352
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
06/01/2008
Series:
Whose Religion? Series
Pages:
178
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.70(d)

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