When the Enlightenment Hit the Neighborhoods: The Waning of the Catholic Tradition - and Hope for Its Future (Anglais) Broché – 24 septembre 2012
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Présentation de l'éditeur
Why has the traditional, authority-based way of doing faith collapsed? Faith and reason are in a fight, and faith is losing. Only fifteen percent of young Catholics attend church regularly. If ex-Catholics were a religious denomination, they would be the third-largest in the U.S. The young, the quizzical, the semi-faithful, the somewhat churched, the unchurched, the agnostic, and the fallen away no longer look to faith for credible insight into how they should live their lives. Why is there such massive indifference to faith? And why, for those who continue to participate, is there such fragmentation of identity, with splits across the progressive/conservative divide and splits across time, between the pre-Vatican II Church and the post-Vatican II Church?
In her illustrated personal essay, author Jeanne Follman explores the reasons why faith is in such trouble today as she tells the story, and the backstory, of the fifty years since Vatican II, and challenges us to reclaim the experience of the sacred and modernize Church governance.
Follman argues three things: First, that the whole Catholic tradition needs to be excavated, rethought, and recreated, thoroughly and entirely, top to bottom, to create a new understanding that both makes sense in the modern world and fully celebrates the mysteries and traditions inherent in being Catholic. Second, Church governance needs to be reformed by the faithful, through the exercise of their knowledge, their voices, and their pocketbooks. Third, Catholics should look to the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas (primer included) for a way to make faith and reason play better together. His belief that the world is a holy place, that faith and reason are coherent, and that the truth can be found through free and open debate can be the touchstones Catholics use as they state anew the truths of their tradition and create governance structures that make sense in the modern world.
Part I. The Circumstances
The Great Obliteration
That Lost World
Religion and the Sacred
Part II. The Story
What's Been Going On for the Past Couple of Hundred Years
How Authority Collapsed
On Our Own Terms
The Taming of Catholicism
Authority in the Church
The Mess We're in Today
Part III. Faith and Reason
Thinking About Faith; Thinking About Reason
Part IV. The Future
Recreating Tradition: Belief
Recreating Tradition: Morals
Recreating Tradition: Liturgy
Reforming Church Authority
Primer On Aquinas: The Cool Bits and the Framework
Over 75 full-color images. Ebook also in color on those devices that support it.
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Follman's book is not nostalgia for a lost past but rather a conversation about the richness of Catholic tradition and liturgy and music that enveloped her while growing up in a Catholic parish on Chicago's South Side in the 1950s. This world, so familiar to American Catholic "Baby Boomers," had already begun to change in dramatic ways when Follman enrolled in college. Indeed, she wryly takes responsibility "for perpetrating more than one guitar mass at Loyola University's Madonna Della Strada Chapel."
As her book makes clear, Follman's encounter with the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas left a deep imprint because of its respect for reason and for the goodness of creation. Not only does she give him a starring role in her book as a guide to locating "the line between knowledge and mystery today," but she reminds her readers that "his view of the radical coherence of faith and reason was not fully accepted by the Church until decades after his death" in 1274. Her Aquinas "primer" appended at the end of her book explains in clear narrative prose key ideas in the Summa Theologica.
Beautifully designed and illustrated with color plates of some of Follman's favorite sacred sites in Chicago, Italy, and France, When the Enlightenment Hit the Neighborhoods takes seriously the waning of Catholic tradition after Vatican II and she is especially insightful about the degree to which liturgy in so many parishes has become "completely ordinary, steeped in the here and now--the exact opposite of what it should be."
While Follman makes the case that, "Catholicism has gotten a lot right over the past two thousand years," she insists that, "Humanae Vitae has been an unmitigated disaster." Although many former and present-day Catholics may regard Pope Paul VI's 1968 encyclical as ancient history, Follman argues that it remains "a wound in the life of the Church that needs to be lanced, cleaned, and healed. It is key to the recreation of moral authority of the institutional Church."
When the Enlightenment Hits the Neighborhoods is a loving--and critical--look at the Catholic Church that shaped so many of us, so powerfully. For those who remember the Baltimore Catechism as mere memorization, Follman provides new perspective. Beyond helping her understand that, "I was a child of God, and therefore of infinite worth," she suggests that the catechism's emphasis on intelligent beings on other planets "may also have been one of the reasons why science fiction was so popular" in the 1950s!
Ellen Skerrett, a Chicago historian, was a classmate of Jeanne Follman in creative writing class at the Academy of Our Lady (Longwood), now a Chicago charter school.