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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (99 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Carroll Narrator: Bill Weideman Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781423387336
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James Carroll delivers a tour-de-force look at what it means to be a Catholic today--set against the rich history of the Catholic Church in America. Brilliantly wresting meaning from the historical, social and religious strands of his story, Carroll illuminates the Church's transformation from reactionary monolith to an institution in which the deepest aspects of faith are being called into question. Carroll reveals his own story--as a Catholic boy in the 1940s and '50s, as a seminarian and priest in the crucible of the 1960s and early '70s, and as a committed but questioning Catholic today--with an emotional impact reminiscent of his An American Requiem. Practicing Catholic is for the millions of practicing, questioning, or lapsed Catholics and others who are searching for a way to reconcile the acts of Church leaders with the faith and the Church they still want to claim as their own. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Heidebrecht | 12/1/2013

    " If I was a Catholic, this book would trouble me a lot. Even as a Protestant, I am not sure what to make of a brilliant and passionate ex=priest who denounces pope-centered Catholicism better than any Protestant could do, claiming to be a true American Catholic yet denying the deity of Christ. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JeanneBee | 11/15/2013

    " it took a while--lots of ideas, history and vocabulary to consider--but it was worth it. my copy is dog-ear'd and I'll read it again. Would be good for a discussion group for theology students. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Cline | 11/14/2013

    " Great read for anyone interested in recent Catholic history, ecumenism, and current theological topics. Of course Carroll is a bona fide Vatican II catholic and rather liberal which makes him appealing to me, but might be off putting to others with a more conservative viewpoint. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 10/22/2013

    " This book is having a strange effect on me. It almost makes me want to go to Church. I've come to terms with the fact that I have a really love/hate affair with the Catholic Church. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 10/6/2013

    " Carroll is an ex-priest who writes for those of us who hang onto the possibility that the Church might someday begin to represent Jesus. It is a hope far off in the distance--but it is hope. I learned a lot about Roman Catholicism from this book and will read more of Carroll's work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 9/15/2013

    " Excellent excergis about the state of the Church. Because of his former status he can explain the inner wrokings of the instiutional Church and he still stays! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chuck | 7/24/2013

    " a very good "recent" history of the church and those that love it, while not loving the "CHURCH" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula Matuskey | 5/3/2013

    " Evolution of the American Catholic Church alongside that of the author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth Ann | 5/1/2013

    " So many things I never tied together. Very interesting read. I'll be thinking about this one for a while. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish Remley | 9/3/2012

    " Wow - a book that does address alot of my concerns. We need a present day Cardinal Cushing!! to help change things from the inside out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Timothy McCluskey | 5/25/2012

    " ummmm!!! not sure - beneath all the words is a traditionalist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 11/4/2011

    " I learned a great deal from this book about church history. As a woman in the Catholic Church I have frustrated for decades over the rigidity of Rome and the lack of backbone in the current men who serve in the priesthood. I recommend this book to all Catholics who feel my frustration. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 10/24/2011

    " The book is exceptionally fine. I copied out his line: I loved my writing desk more than my chapel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaretflynn | 8/25/2011

    " A must read for those of us who struggle to remain. Insightful and moving. His truth telling is staggering. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 8/9/2011

    " Sort of skimmed it because it was a fairly repetitive and emotive rehash of stuff I already knew. I don't want to make it sound too bad though, I think it has a lot of good insights on the recent history of the Roman Catholic Church sprinkled throughout. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hedlun | 1/26/2011

    " I think this is an important book for any Catholic to read. I found it to be very affirming and renewed my commitment to the faith, and to the Church. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JeanneBee | 1/3/2011

    " it took a while--lots of ideas, history and vocabulary to consider--but it was worth it. my copy is dog-ear'd and I'll read it again. Would be good for a discussion group for theology students. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish | 12/14/2010

    " Wow - a book that does address alot of my concerns. We need a present day Cardinal Cushing!! to help change things from the inside out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 11/27/2010

    " Evolution of the American Catholic Church alongside that of the author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chuck | 11/8/2010

    " a very good "recent" history of the church and those that love it, while not loving the "CHURCH" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mack | 6/27/2010

    " Sort of skimmed it because it was a fairly repetitive and emotive rehash of stuff I already knew. I don't want to make it sound too bad though, I think it has a lot of good insights on the recent history of the Roman Catholic Church sprinkled throughout. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 4/16/2010

    " If I was a Catholic, this book would trouble me a lot. Even as a Protestant, I am not sure what to make of a brilliant and passionate ex=priest who denounces pope-centered Catholicism better than any Protestant could do, claiming to be a true American Catholic yet denying the deity of Christ. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hedlun | 11/23/2009

    " I think this is an important book for any Catholic to read. I found it to be very affirming and renewed my commitment to the faith, and to the Church. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaretflynn | 10/28/2009

    " A must read for those of us who struggle to remain. Insightful and moving. His truth telling is staggering. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 6/22/2009

    " I learned a great deal from this book about church history. As a woman in the Catholic Church I have frustrated for decades over the rigidity of Rome and the lack of backbone in the current men who serve in the priesthood. I recommend this book to all Catholics who feel my frustration. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 6/9/2009

    " The book is exceptionally fine. I copied out his line: I loved my writing desk more than my chapel.


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 5/19/2009

    " This book is having a strange effect on me. It almost makes me want to go to Church. I've come to terms with the fact that I have a really love/hate affair with the Catholic Church. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Timothy | 5/8/2009

    " ummmm!!! not sure - beneath all the words is a traditionalist. "

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About the Author
Author James Carroll

James Carroll was raised in Washington, DC, and was ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 1969. He served as a chaplain at Boston University from 1969 to 1974, and then left the priesthood to become a writer. His New York Times bestseller Constantine’s Sword became the subject of an acclaimed documentary, directed by Oren Jacoby.

About the Narrator

Bill Weideman has been active in theater since the first grade, and this interest led him to an undergraduate degree from Michigan State in radio and television broadcasting. He helped found the Ionia Community Theater and has performed with Central Park Players, Muskegon Civic Theater, and other regional theater groups. He has narrated and directed for Brilliance for many years. His repertoire includes everything from thrillers to romance to westerns to science fiction. He is also well-known in West Michigan as the patriarch of the Weideman Family Band.