THE REMAKING OF THE CHURCH by Richard P. McBrian

THE REMAKING OF THE CHURCH

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The author, current President of the Catholic Theological Society of America, sees the present malaise of the Catholic Church, especially in America, as the result of political and theological conflict in contemporary Christianity, and he proposes institutional changes by which this conflict might be resolved constructively. Among those changes are Church adoption of constitutional rather than monarchical principles, with all that this implies in the decentralization of power, the selection of bishops, the reform of matrimonial courts, the enfranchisement of women, etc. Such steps, McBrian argues, would close the gap between theory and practice in the Church, and would assure the survival of Catholicism at least in the proximate future. The virtue of McBrian's book at all levels is that it both identifies the problems and makes concrete, specific suggestions for remedies. Certainly, many Catholics will disagree with at least some of his proposals, yet this book offers an agenda for reform which provides an indisputable basis for reflection, research and discussion.

Pub Date: Nov. 14th, 1973
Publisher: Harper & Row