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The Rising Laity: Ecclesial Movements Since Vatican II

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This book offers an analysis of the phenomenon of the new ecclesial movements with two different but compatible perspectives: historical and comparative. The historical perspective is necessary because the phenomenon grew in these last hundred years and a sociological-anthropological perspective tends to offer a nondynamic view of them. The comparative perspective Europe-U ...more
Published May 3rd 2016 by Paulist Press (first published January 5th 2016)
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Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Historian and theologian, Massimo Faggioli, brings his intellectual weight to the question of the rise of the so-called 'new ecclesial movements' in the life of the Church, particularly from the perspective of his native Italy. Tracing their development from before the Second Vatican Council, Faggioli concludes his study with an examination of the place of these movements in the contemporary pontificate of Francis.

Challenging the long-prevailing view, often held by the movements themselves, that
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I feel inadequate being the first to review this book. Here goes:
I bought this because I don't understand the need of some Catholics to join movements...I understand it a bit better now. The historical background is crucial to understanding this, as with any topic, because knowing the roots of the rise of movements illuminates the time period for those living in our current time. It answers the "why" and "how" of the question.
I am an ordinary in-the-pew Catholic though I taught CCD for 9 years l
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a fascinating book. What it does very well is show how in the period after Vatican II, the movements often become a vehicle for a form of ultramontanism that resisted the Council's aims and which projected a picture of ordinary Catholicism as inadequate. Francis has made efforts to ensure that the movements are integrated within the parochial and diocesan life and to mitigate their most authoritarian elements.
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Massimo Faggioli is assistant professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has written extensively on modern Church history and on Vatican II. He is the author of Vatican II: The Battle for Meaning (Paulist, 2012).