BOOKS DEALING WITH CONFLICT, CHANGE AND TRENDS IN THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
Change in the Catholic church:
The Roman Catholic Church has been phenomenally
successful. It holds the world's record for
longevity for any organization. But like most organized religious groups, it sometimes has difficulty
handling change. This is very apparent today, as Catholicism struggles to be a
universal church spanning widely disparate cultures which have opposing -- and
rapidly evolving -- beliefs concerning democracy, human sexuality, and other
topics. There are many indications that the Church is improving its ability to
handle change. For example, it took the church about four centuries to
accommodate Galileo's astronomical discoveries, but only a little over a century
to embrace almost all of the theory of evolution.
Many recent books have been written about change in the Church. Some cover an
increased role for the laity, greater democracy, and freedom of thought and
speech within the organization. But most deal with sexually related topics:
abortion, birth control, celibate priesthood,
female ordination, feminism,
homosexuality, in-vitro fertilization,
masturbation, pre-marital sex, same-sex marriage, etc.
A.W. Richard Sipe, "A secret world: Sexuality and the search for
celibacy," Brunner/Mazel, (1990).
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celibacy within the priesthood. It is based on 25 years of interviews with
National Conference of Catholic Bishops Bishops, "Called and Gifted for the 3rd Millennium: Reflections of the U.S.
Catholic Bishops on the 30th Anniversary of the Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity and the 15th Anniversary of ..."
United States Catholic Conference, (1995).
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