Mary's Reviews > The Catholic Revolution: New Wine, Old Wineskins, and the Second Vatican Council

The Catholic Revolution by Andrew M. Greeley
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Sep 13, 09


Watching Ted Kennedy's funeral inspired me to read this fairly short book about the repercussions of Vatican II on Catholics. Part one was definitely better than part two, which seemed very repetitive (many of the chapters are based on previously published articles). Table 7--the results of polling data from 2001 on what Catholics believe to be "essential elements of Catholic identity"--is especially revealing. "Charity for the poor" and "special presence of God in the poor" are #2 and #5 on the list, respectively, far above the divisive issues some people claim ought to determine how Catholics conduct their lives. Greeley's diagnosis of what makes Catholics remain Catholics--the compelling nature of the church's stories and rituals--strikes me as exactly right, though his rants against lay liturgists seem bizarre and excessive.
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