One Faith, Many Faithful: Short Takes on Contemporary Catholic Concerns

One Faith, Many Faithful: Short Takes on Contemporary Catholic Concerns

by William J. Byron


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One Faith, Many Faithful: Short Takes on Contemporary Catholic Concerns by William J. Byron

Health Care. Finance reform. The future of Catholic schools. Caring for the elderly. Abortion. Abuse scandals in the church. Business management, the economy, and the very welfare of our society.

Confronted with a storm of issues, all of which call for their attention and concern, contemporary Catholics often find themselves confused and uncertain, and even at odds with each other, when trying to apply their faith to the realities of the world they live in.

One Faith, Many Faithful provides numerous essays or "short takes" that tackle the wide range of matters of concern to Catholics, but does so in a spirit of complete faithfulness to Catholic teaching and tradition. The collection is divided into four parts: "Religion and Ethics," "Business and Politics," "Education and Family" and "People and Ideas."

William J. Byron, SJ, applies and explains principles of Catholic social teaching throughout the book, which offers the reader clarity and concise exposition of the issues that are troubling the contemporary Catholic mind.

This book is for all Catholics who want to move beyond the limited scope of contemporary debates and actually apply the ancient principles of their faith to difficult issues.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780809147595
Publisher: Paulist Press
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Pages: 146
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.34(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vi

Part 1 Religion and Ethics 1

1 Christmas Is a New Beginning 3

2 The Principle of Human Dignity 5

3 Understanding the Common Good 7

4 The Argument for Life 9

5 Social Justice and the Environment 13

6 Road Map for a "Journey of Hope" 15

7 Two Interesting Signs of the Times 17

8 Don't Call It Marriage 19

9 More on the Same-Sex Marriage Debate 21

10 Facing Up to the Clergy Sex-Abuse Scandal 24

11 The Celibate: A Crowd of One 26

12 Considering "the Alternative" 28

13 The Art of Listening 30

14 What Are We Doing About the Priest Shortage? 32

15 Effective Parish Leadership 34

16 Real Presence Is a Four-Sided Reality 36

17 War and the Christian Conscience 38

Part 2 Business and Politics 41

18 From Bubble Gum to Business Ethics 43

19 Dealing with Job-Search Discouragement 45

20 Job Creation Is a Civic Responsibility 47

21 Crisis in the Economy 49

22 The Future of Social Security 51

23 Responding to the Crisis in Haiti 53

24 Health-Care Finance Reform 56

25 Campaign Finance Reform 58

26 Countercultural Catholic Education for Business 60

27 Faith-Based Initiatives 62

28 Advice to the Bishops from a Business Executive 64

29 Performance Evaluation in Church Management 67

Part 3 Education and Family 71

30 Thinking About, the Future of Catholic Schools 73

31 Send Your House to School 75

32 Are We About to See a New Era for Catholic Schools? 77

33 Catholic Mission and Identity 79

34 Think About the "isms" in Your Life 81

35 Lesson for the Young: There Is Strength in Gentleness 83

36 For Parents, www Need Not Mean Worldwide Worry 86

37 A Question of Character 88

38 House Blessing: Blessed by the Breath of God 90

39 Faith, State, and Fatherhood 93

40 Praying with Children 95

41 Thoughts on Praying for the Young 96

42 Thinking About Care for the Elderly 99

Part 4 People and Ideas 101

43 "The Man Who Fed the World" 103

44 Speaking Up on Behalf of the Hungry Poor 104

45 Father Ted Hesburgh 106

46 Monk's Tale: A Window on a Catholic World That Is No More 108

47 Spotlight on Raymond Baumhart and Business Ethics 111

48 "The Pain of Unused Answers" 113

49 Seven Secular Challenges to the Church 115

50 The Most Pressing Issue of Our Time 117

51 Where Have All the Leaders Gone? 119

52 An Encouraging Word 121

53 A Second Start for the Jesuits? 124

54 To Forgive Is Also Human 126

55 Ethics and Accountability for Catholic Organizations 128

56 Enhancing Customer Satisfaction in the Parish 130

57 When the Rectory Telephone Rings 132

58 Who's Conducting the Exit Interviews? 134

59 Justice, Vengeance, and Saddam Hussein 137

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