Witness to Integrity: The Crisis of the Immaculate Heart Community of California

Witness to Integrity: The Crisis of the Immaculate Heart Community of California

by Anita Marie Caspary
     
 

Witness to Integrity is a first-person account of the historic dispute between the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters (IHM) and James Francis McIntyre, the Cardinal Archbishop of Los Angeles. Former Mother General of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters and president of the Immaculate Heart Community, Anita Caspary, IHM, tells her story of the Immaculate Heart

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Witness to Integrity is a first-person account of the historic dispute between the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters (IHM) and James Francis McIntyre, the Cardinal Archbishop of Los Angeles. Former Mother General of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters and president of the Immaculate Heart Community, Anita Caspary, IHM, tells her story of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters' motivations and struggles in their claim for authority and freedom to live a Christian life in accordance with their consciences. The conflicts that lead a part of the Immaculate Heart Sisters 'Community to become an ecumenical community are described with vividness.

Anita Caspary's personal narrative reflections provide in-depth details of the story that has captured media attention in books, television documentaries, and plays. In addition, the use of original sources from the Immaculate Heart Community archives that have not been open to the public assists in producing new insights and correcting inaccuracies and myths.

Chapters are The Accusation," *Memories of a Catholic Girlhood, - *Background and Beginnings, - *Called to be a Nun, - *Teacher, Professor, and Administrator, - *The Sixties and the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart, - *Cardinal James F. McIntyre, - *The Archdiocesan Visitations, - *The 1967 Chapter of Renewal: Creating the Vision, - *Embracing the Vision, - *The Cardinal's Response to Renewal, - *The Vatican Visitations, - *A Test Case for the Vatican, - *A New Life for Religious Women, - and *The Immaculate Heart Community. -

Anita M. Caspary, IHM, PhD, was president of the Immaculate Heart College from 1957 to 1963. She was Mother General of the Immaculate Heart Sisters from 1963 to 1969 and president of the Immaculate Heart Community from 1970 to 1973. She is the author of several articles about the challenge of the Roman Catholic hierarchy by the Immaculate Heart Sisters and has taught in the graduate level for the last three decades. Currently, she writes and teaches poetry at the Immaculate Heart Community in Los Angeles, California.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814627709
Publisher:
Liturgical Press, The
Publication date:
02/28/2003
Series:
Sacra Pagina Ser.
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
893,785
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1The Accusation1
Ch. 2Memories of a Catholic Girlhood7
Ch. 3Background and Beginnings15
Ch. 4Called to Be a Nun25
Ch. 5Teacher, Professor, and Administrator31
Ch. 6The Sixties and the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart45
Ch. 7Cardinal James F. McIntyre55
Ch. 8The Archdiocesan Visitations67
Ch. 9The 1967 Chapter of Renewal: Creating the Vision85
Ch. 10Embracing the Vision109
Ch. 11The Cardinal's Response to Renewal119
Ch. 12The Vatican Visitations149
Ch. 13A Test Case for the Vatican183
Ch. 14A New Life for Religious Women209
Ch. 15The Immaculate Heart Community219
Epilogue223
App. ABackground of the Ninth General Chapter's Decree on Education225
App. BActions on the Part of the Ordinary Which Have Created Difficulties for the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart231
App. CPsychological Influences on the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart239
App. DDecrees of the Ninth General Chapter of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, October 1967 (Abbreviated Form)243
App. ELetter to Pope Paul VI from Sister Anita M. Caspary, I.H.M.263
App. FTalk to the Immaculate Heart Community by Sister Anita M. Caspary, I.H.M., December 6, 1969267
Bibliography273
Index281

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