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Author McGillion, Chris, 1954-

Title A long way from Rome : why the Australian Catholic Church is in crisis / edited by Chris McGillion
Published Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2003

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Description xxviii, 211 pages ; 21 cm
regular print
Contents Foreword -- Introduction -- 1. Visions, revisions and scandal : a Church in crisis / Chris McGillion -- 2. Why people don't listen to the Pope / Damian Grace -- 3. The silenced majority / Morag Fraser -- 4. The lost art of Catholic ritual / John Carmody -- 5. Popular culture's new high priests / Juliette Hughes -- 6. Has the Church a future? The generational divide / Michael Mullins -- 7. Imagination abandoned / Paul Colins
Summary Many Catholics today described themselves as 'lapsed'. Despite a new hunger for meaning and community, it is clear that over the last decade the Australian Catholic Church has become a marginal influence on society. Repeated accusations of child sexual abuse by priests is taken as a sign of moral bankruptcy, the ongoing refusal to include women in more active roles has left many disenchanted, and attendance at Mass continues to decline. Leading commentators including Morag Fraser, Paul Collins and Damian Grace explore the crisis at the heart of Australian Catholicism. They offer a confronting analysis of the direction for the Church set by Rome, and the way in which this is stifling local initiative and alienating large numbers of Catholics from the institutional life of the Church. A Long Way from Home argues that the problem goes beyond the headlines of sexual abuse and internal dissent to issues of Vatican intervention, the abuse of authority, the decline of ritual, the development of a Catholic cultural ghetto, and the loss of a distinctive Catholic imagination
Analysis Catholic Church
Cultural identity
Social change
Catholics - Religious identity
Catholic Church - Australia - History - 21st century
Catholics - Australia
Catholic Church - Australia
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographic references (pages 204-205) and index
Notes Also published as an electronic book (Etitle) by James Bennett Pty. Ltd., in 2003 with ISBN1741150957
Subject Catholic Church -- Australia
Catholic Church.
Commitment to the church.
Author McGillion, Chris, 1954-
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