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Hardcover Keep The Faith, Change The Church: The Battle By Catholics For The Soul Of Their Church Book

ISBN: 1579548903

ISBN13: 9781579548902

Keep The Faith, Change The Church: The Battle By Catholics For The Soul Of Their Church

A Defining Moment in the Life of the Church Even before the terrible revelations of sexual misconduct and the cover-up that allowed such atrocities to continue happening, the Catholic Church was in trouble. With a devout but aging congregation giving way to a generation of so-called lapsed Catholics, the spiritual vitality and significance of the church had seemed, in the context of modern American society, to be ebbing away. Then when the scandal...

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Why can't they just stay in their pews?

VOTF has the "radical" idea that the Church will benefit if the laity has a place at the institutional table. How dare they? We former "pray, pay, and obey" Catholics now realize our silence gave consent to the abuses, sexual and otherwise. The Documents of Vatican II is now nightly reading.... wow, talk about "radical". Blessed John XXIII, Pray for us

Excellent

Amazing that so many conservative catholics pick from the old testament whatever supports their agenda, and then ignore whatever doesn't. This book is excellent and should be a major resource to anyone wanting to see the church of the future. Fellow catholics, the progressives have already won, but let's not let down the guard. There is still a lot of work to do! Read this book, inform yourself, and let's change what needs to be changed, and let's walk with our amigo, Jesus.

Long Overdue Critique

For too long a time have the faithful been silent, bowing to the ever-present dictum "pray, pay and obey". A revolution has begun and it is being conducted by all segments of the Church - laity, clerical and hierarchy. Dr Jim Muller, president of the Voice of the Faithful (of which my wife and I are members), is leading this revolution.I have just finished reading, for the second time, "Keep the Faith, Change the Church" and warmly recommend it to all who would follow Jesus - who said "Suffer the little children to come unto me for of such is the kingdom of heaven."

A primer for grassroots movements -- very thought provoking

Dr. Muller has written a very readable and thought provoking book -- relevant and interesting even to non-Catholics like myself.VOTF is fascinating as a cultural phenomenon...how a grassroots organization can grow to 16,000 members and hold a national convention after a few months. I saw parallels with MoveOn.org, which was similarly founded after a catalytic event (in that case the Clinton impeachment trial) but has grown far beyond that to become a fundamental force for change in the lackluster Democratic party, evidenced by the Dean surge.If you are thinking about creating a grassroots organization, this is a terrific book to read. The most compelling parts of the book deal with the group's internal struggles: avoiding being pigeonholed by the Church as a radical group by not taking positions on marginal issues such as the resignation of Cardinal Law or women in the priesthood.An impressive effort -- Highly recommended.
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