Saving Catholics: A Workbook for Reform and Renewal in the Catholic Church

Saving Catholics: A Workbook for Reform and Renewal in the Catholic Church

by Gideon Goosen


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781532665240
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 08/17/2018
Edition description: Workbook
Pages: 138
Sales rank: 963,513
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.27(d)

About the Author

Gideon Goosen is an author and theologian who holds doctorates in philosophy and theology. He is a prolific author of many theological articles and books and his most recent book is Hyphenated Christians: Towards a better understanding of dual religious belonging, (Peter Lang, 2013). Gideon taught theology at the Australian Catholic University, Sydney, for thirty years and was chair of the Theology Reflection Commission of the NSW Ecumenical Council (1995-2016). Locally he is co-ordinator of an Interchurch Group involved in promoting ecumenism and interfaith dialogue. Gideon is married with three children and lives in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales.

Table of Contents

Foreword Archbishop Mark Coleridge 7

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction / Glossary / Websites 11

Chapter 1 Good Things about the Church 19


No Standing Still

We are Relational Beings

Invitation to Listen

Examples of Good Experiences

Good Leadership

Chapter 2 Negative Things About Church 35

Constant Learning

Growing up Catholic

The Seven Precepts of the church

What does Matthew say?

Lack of listening

Reasons for Decline of church-goers

Chapter 3 Clericalism: We All Suffer From It 49


What is Clericalism?

Examples of Clericalism

Clericalism and Culture

Origin of Clergy/Lay Divide

Gospel Freedom

Church a Community of Equals

Understanding Clericalism

Chapter 4 All about Reform 67

What are "Reform and "Renewal"?

Reformers Then and Now

Need for Reform

Reform: How Big is it?

The Role of the Pastor

The Common Priesthood of all the Faithful

Attitudinal and Structural Reform

Chapter 5 Challenges of Reform 89

Reform Takes Time

People do not like Change

Power: Its Use and Abuse

Challenges for the Laity

Reforms are Always Imperfect

The Cost of Not Reforming

How Does Change Work?

Theory of Change

Character Types

Chapter 6 Hope through the Pope. 111

Lack of Hope

The Holy Spirit at Work

The Pope on Reform

Ordination of Women

Movers and Shakers

Preparation for Ordination


Epilogue: Tweetable Tweets 133

Appendix: Faith Stages, James Fowler 135

Index of Topics and Authors 137

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