"Catholicism in Motion" is a collection of articles by sociologist James D. Davidson, Ph.D., on issues facing Catholics in the United States. The book looks at the state of Catholicism in America past, present, and future, and at the average American Catholic from economical, political, social, and cultural standpoints. Part II of the book examines opportunities and challenges facing contemporary Catholics, including clergy issues and parish education. The final section is devoted to current beliefs and practices of American Catholics.
Well-researched, this book is an informative collection of important data. It includes graphs and indexes for easy interpretation of what is presented. Every Catholic will find it enlightening and motivating, and all Church leaders will want to read this book.
James D. Davidson received his doctorate from the University of Notre Dame and is a professor of sociology at Purdue University. His area of expertise is the sociology of religion, American Catholicism in particular. Other publications have included Lay Ministers and Their Spiritual Practices (OSV, 2003); American Catholics (Alta Mira, 2001); The Search for Common Ground (OSV, 1997); and Laity: American and Catholic (Sheed & Ward, 1996).
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Table of Contents & Introduction
Chapter 5: Challenges with Authority, Sexual Abuse, and Other Problems