Empowering the People of God
Catholic Action before and after Vatican II
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Fordham University Press
Title Page, Copyright
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Ac know ledg ments
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Like all collaborative publications, this book stands at the endpoint of years of planning, evolution, and consensus in which many people and institutions had a part. Special thanks are due to the Sisters of Mercy of the former Chicago Regional Community (now West Midwest), and espe-cially its archivist, Joella Cunnane, R.S.M.; the reference and circulation ...
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The early 1960s were a heady time for Catholic laypeople. Almost over-night, it seemed, the winds of change had begun to blow through the corridors of the Vatican, ruffl ing the feathers of its clerical doorkeepers, while at the same time conveying an assurance to lay leaders throughout the world that the shaping of the Church’s future was in their hands. By ...
Part I: Catholic Action
1 Catholic Action in theArchdiocese of New York
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...are to be found in the long nineteenth century.1 Though evident in some of the works of Pope Leo XIII and Pope Pius X, the pa ram e ters of Catho-lic Action are limned only in specifi c contexts. Because such early papal writings on the subject were intended largely for Italian audiences, there was no specifi c aspect of Catholic Action that took on a transal-...
2 The Liturgical Movement andCatholic Action
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At the fi rst National Liturgical Week, held at the Cathedral of the Holy Name in Chicago in October 1940, a lively discussion followed Dom Roger Schoenbechler’s pre sen ta tion, “The Priesthood of the Laity and Catholic Action.” Paul McGuire, pop u lar lay lecturer and coeditor of Re-storing All Things: A Guide to Catholic Action (1938), came to the fl oor:...
3 “The Priesthood of the Layman”
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...“Catholic Action opens up a new world for the zeal of the faith-ful, a new world wherein they can share in the Apostolate of the Church and cooperate with their pastors and priests in spreading the Kingdom of Christ in individual souls, in families and in society.” San Francisco at-torney Sylvester Andriano’s eager anticipation of a Catholicism revitalized ...
4 From Participation to Community
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In no other way can one learn exactly what a layman is and what the John Courtney Murray, referring to papal teachings about Catholic Action1perspective of the grassroots, detailing the contrasting strategies that lay Catholics employed to sustain cultural identity, alleviate social problems, and strengthen parochial life in the de cades before and after the Second ...
5 Azzione Cattolica in anAmerican Setting
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...which, though separated by distance, shared a common heritage. Estab-lished in parishes founded for Italian immigrants in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, respectively, they drew a signifi cant portion of their membership from those Italians who migrated to the United States during the 1940s and 1950s and brought with them a familiarity with Cath-...
Part II: The People of God
6 Relevant Transformations
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In the oppressive heat of mid- August, 1968, in Chicago, just days before the opening of that year’s infamous Demo cratic National Conven-tion, nearly one hundred twenty young American women fi nalized prepa-rations for what would be a life- changing experience. In days they would be putting their training, education, and convictions to the test as they ...
7 Reaching Out to the People of God
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In the spring of 1958, Father Thomas J. O’Brien, the pastor of St. Raymond Church in Mount Prospect, Illinois, wrote Mother Mary Regina Cun-ningham of the Sisters of Mercy, urging her to send him six additional sisters for the next school year, promising he would “never ask for more than twelve Nuns.” He further grimly prophesied that if the Mother Pro-...
8 “This Is Our Challenge!We Will Pursue It”
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...lic feminist movement.1 At the beginning of that project I knew very little about Catholic feminists or, indeed, Catholic women in the 1960s and 1970s. Quite early in my research I stumbled across a 1966 article about women and the Second Vatican Council. Its title, “The Buried Talents Symposium,” suggested that I might fi nd some Catholic feminists in its ...
9 Who Will Guard the Guardians?
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For a brief interval between 1965 and 1969, a vocal body of Cath-olic laypeople n the United States sought to apply the new theology of the People of God, articulated at the Second Vatican Council, to the sphere of Church governance. Where earlier forms of lay activism had accepted the necessary subordination of ecclesiastical structures to clerical leader-...
10 Empowering the People of God
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American 1960s to express the ambivalence and confusion over what most believe was a watershed period in the nation’s development. Histo-rian William Chafe has cautioned only against using the term “ ‘water-shed’ to describe a given moment” because it risks “oversimplifying the historical pro cess.” It applies primarily to signify “an end to domination ...
11 Christian Unity, Lay Authority,and the People of God
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In 1967 the Archdiocese of Atlanta, under the leadership of Paul J. Hallinan, launched a bold experiment in parish or ga ni za tion. Rather than being defi ned by geo graph i cal boundaries, as Catholic parishes tra-ditionally were, the new Community of Christ Our Brother would recruit its members from across the city, in the manner of the Protestant churches ...
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James T. Fisher and Margaret M. McGuinness (eds.), The Catholic Jeremy Bonner, Christopher D. Denny, and Mary Beth Fraser Connolly (eds.), Empowering the People of God: Catholic Action before and after ...
Page Count: 408
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Catholic Practice in North America (FUP)