The American Catholic Revolution: How the Sixties Changed the Church Forever

ISBN : 9780199341535

Mark S. Massa
220 Pages
169 x 234 mm
Pub date
Oct 2014
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In the 1960s, the Second Vatican Council enacted the most sweeping changes the Catholic Church had seen in centuries. In readable and compelling prose, Mark S. Massa tells the story of the cultural war these changes ignited in the United States - a war that is still being waged today. Suddenly, one Sunday, the mass as the faithful had always known it was different, and so was the Church they had believed was timeless and unchanging. Once the Church opened the door to change, Massa argues, it could not be closed again. Skirmishes broke out over the proper way to worship. Soon, Catholics were bitterly divided over birth control, abortion, celibacy, female priests, and the authority of the Church itself. As he narrates these turbulent events, Massa takes us beyond stereotypes of liberals and conservatives, offering new insights into the last fifty years of American Catholicism.


Preface: "Something Irreversible Has Happened"
1. A Brief History of Catholic Time
2. Frederick McManus and Worship in the United States
3. Humanae Vitae in the United States
4. The Charles Curran Affair
5. The Dangers of History
6. "Death Shall Have No Dominion!"
7. Avery Dulles and the Law of Unintended Consequences
8. Things Change

About the author: 

Mark S. Massa, SJ, is the Dean of the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College.

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