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Practicing Catholic by James Carroll
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Apr 30, 2010

it was amazing

"Once a believer has learned to think historically . . . it is impossible any longer to think mythically," says James Carroll. I couldn't agree more. Ignorance of how our institutions have developed over time is as dangerous in the religious realm as in the secular (don't even get me started there). In this book, which is admittedly dense at times, Carroll interweaves the story of his own lifelong development as a Catholic with the larger history of the Church, a history that in and of itself refutes the self-destructive idea that Catholicism has never and can never change. Along with Carroll, I am unabashedly predisposed to favor changes that foster greater compassion toward and acceptance of those both in and outside the Church, and in his words I heard welcome echoes of the priests and teachers who have affirmed me in that inclination for as long as I can remember.
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