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.
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