Flying in the Face of Tradition: Listening to the Lived Experience of the Faithful


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by Louis Dethomasis. ACTA Publications, 2012.

Sexual abuse by priests, the ensuing cover-ups, and denials are just a few of the symptoms of the “crisis of confidence” that many people-Catholic and otherwise-experience with the Roman Catholic Church, says Louis Dethomasis in this short but provocative book. As an educator and author who has spent his life in service to the Church, Dethomasis critiques the Church with love and grace as he challenges the Church hierarchy, especially to be more transparent and open to criticism and questioning. Tradition, properly understood, requires it, says Dethomasis, who further proposes that the Church fully embrace and support the teachings of Vatican II, appreciate the changing landscape of the world, and become a Church that lay-people will find relevant and welcoming. Dethomasis’ diagnosis of the illness striking the Church may not be easy reading, but for Catholics and others, it can be a breath of fresh air.

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