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Earthly Mission: The Catholic Church and World Development
     

Earthly Mission: The Catholic Church and World Development

by Robert Calderisi
 

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ISBN-10: 0300175124

ISBN-13: 9780300175127

Pub. Date: 10/08/2013

Publisher: Yale University Press

With 1.2 billion members, the Catholic Church is the world’s largest organization and perhaps its most controversial. The Church’s obstinacy on matters like clerical celibacy, the role of women, birth control, and the child abuse scandal has alienated many Catholics, especially in the West. Yet in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, the Church is highly

Overview

With 1.2 billion members, the Catholic Church is the world’s largest organization and perhaps its most controversial. The Church’s obstinacy on matters like clerical celibacy, the role of women, birth control, and the child abuse scandal has alienated many Catholics, especially in the West. Yet in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, the Church is highly esteemed for its support of education, health, and social justice. In this deeply informed book, Robert Calderisi unravels the paradoxes of the Catholic Church’s role in the developing world over the past 60 years.
Has the Catholic Church on balance been a force for good? Calderisi weighs the Church’s various missteps and poor decisions against its positive contributions, looking back as far as the Spanish Conquest in Latin America and the arrival of missionaries in Africa and Asia. He also looks forward, highlighting difficult issues that threaten to disrupt the Church's future social role. The author’s answer to the question he poses will fascinate Catholic and non-Catholic readers alike, providing a wealth of insights into international affairs, development economics, humanitarian concerns, history, and theology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300175127
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/08/2013
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,095,072
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

Introduction 1

1 Two Troublemakers 13

2 The Catholic Church: "Seven Inches of Condemnation and One of Praise" 23

3 Social Teaching: From Caesar to Centesimus Annus 43

4 Religion and Development: "A Task of Fraternity" 69

5 Africa: "No One Is Opposed to a School" 95

6 Asia: A Determined Minority 119

7 Latin America: From Las Casas to Romero 143

8 Horror in Rwanda 167

9 Tilting at Condoms 179

10 Catholic Charity: "A Network to Die For" 205

11 Looking Ahead: A Fading Social Mission? 227

12 Conclusions: "Everyone Who Fights for Justice Upsets People" 241

Notes 249

Bibliography 263

Index 269

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