Bright Promise, Failed Community: Catholics and the American Public Order

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Lexington Books, 2001 - 133 من الصفحات
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In Bright Promise, Failed Community, respected Catholic sociologist Joseph Varacalli describes how and why Catholic America has essentially failed to shape the American Republic in any significant way. American society has never experienced a 'Catholic moment' --the closest it came was during the immediate post-World War II era--nor is it now close to approximating one. Varacalli identifies as the cause of the current situation the 'failed community' of Catholic America: an ineffective and dissent-ridden set of organizational arrangements that has not succeeded in adequately communicating the social doctrine of the Church to Catholic Americans or to the key idea-generating sectors of American life. The 'bright promise' of Catholic America lies in the long and still developing tradition of social Catholicism. With a revitalized, orthodox, sophisticated community to serve as the carrier of Catholic social doctrine, Varacalli sees trends of thought that would propose viable alternatives to philosophies and ideologies that currently dominate the American public sphere-ones that would thus have a formidable impact on American society.

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Catholics and Success in the Contemporary American Republic All That Glitters Is Not Gold
The Discrediting and Unraveling of the Contemporary American Public Order
The Pyrrhic Victory of Liberalism The Exhaustion of an Inadequate Idea
The American Culture War and the Civil War within the Catholic Church of the United States
Not Enough The Insufficiency of Evangelical Protestantism
Reality Denied On the Obsolescence of the Concept of the Natural Law
Catholic Philosophical Vision Catholic Historical Reality The Need for a Catholic Plausibility Structure
PostWorld War II American Catholicism Anticipating the Catholic Moment
First Things First Catholic Participation in Secular America
The Catholic Vision and American Populism A Case of Elective Affinity?
John Paul II and the Restorationists Picking Up the Pieces for a Real Catholic Moment
Linking Heaven and Earth The Catholic Contribution to Culture Institutional Life and the Individual
Staying the Course
About the Author

Secularization from Within The PostVatican II Catholic Church in America
A Failure in Vision and Nerve The Present Accommodation of Americanist Catholic Leadership

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Joseph A. Varacalli is Professor of Sociology and director for the Center of Catholic Studies at Nassau Community College-SUNY. He is the Cofounder of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists and was formerly Editor-in-Chief of the Catholic Social Science Review.

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