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The Catholic Myth [Paperback]

By Andrew Greeley (Author)
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Explores the behavior of American Catholics since the end of the Second Vatican Council, dispelling myths about their views on sex, marriage, Church authority, the priesthood, and feminism

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For the past three decades, Andrew Greeley, priest, sociologist, and bestselling author, has researched the behavior and beliefs of American Catholics. Here he translates his works into hard data as he describes the fascinating, wonderful, and slightly daffy story of American Catholicism since the end of the Second Vatican Council. A powerful argument, this survey dispels many myths, ans gives new meaning to the word Catholic.

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The Catholic Myth by Andrew Greeley has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 89
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1998 page 86

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Studio: Touchstone
Pages   336
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.53" Width: 5.57" Height: 0.82"
Weight:   0.92 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 1997
Publisher   Touchstone
ISBN  0684826828  
ISBN13  9780684826820  
UPC  076714013001  

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The real and progressive face of American Catholicism  Jan 16, 2008
Greeley plays a fascinating combination of roles - both serious sociologist and priest. With his finger on the pulse of society he conducts a well informed, highly civilized dialogue between North American society and his church. The myths he exposes concern the real identity of Catholics - who they really are, how their values are actually changing, how commonly they are a force for higher education, deeper thinking, and a more compassionate social policy. Greeley's trust in lay people as equals of the clergy before God leads him to see the Christian value in women's rising influence. With candid admiration of women he notes, "for those who picture God as present in the world, there is an instinct that God is equally disclosed by women for men and by men for women". (p. 241)
an answer to old-fashioned sterotypes about Catholics  Oct 30, 2007
this book refutes the sterotype that Catholics are working class, uneducated, conservative fundamentalists who blindly pledge allegiance to and follow some old fat guy in Italy. Are there still people out there who believe such stereotypes? I guess i was naive to doubt it.

I thought this book was a little irrelevant considering its date of publication, but there are still many people who accept many myths without the least pause for doubt or consideration. For them I recommend this book, and for anybody who wants to understand Catholic Americans.

Why Catholics like being Catholic  Sep 19, 2006
Andrew Greeley is a priest and a sociologist, and has done extensive research into the religious behavior of Catholics in America. His conclusions are enlightening, and point to a deeply rooted "connection" that Catholics feel, which makes them loyal to a Church they often disagree with. This "connection" involves how Catholics view the world, what Fr. Greeley calls the "sacramental imagination" which in turn can be used to explain a wide range of behaviors in America's Catholic population.

The portions of this book where Fr. Greeley explains his methods and analyzes the statistics from his surveys are tedious to read, but his conclusions are enlightening, and often eye-opening. The book also includes many comments by Fr. Greeley on the state of the leadership of the Catholic Church and its inability to accept his findings.

This book is now more than ten years old, and I'm curious about how the clergy sex-abuse scandals have impacted his surveys. If Fr. Greeley's theories are correct, it is unlikely that the beliefs, attitudes and behavior of America's Catholics have changed very much as a result...Catholics in America seem to remain Catholic in spite of the actions of the institutional Church, rather than because of it.
Trash  Jul 11, 2004
This book gets a star for the Index, talking about Catholic social theory. Very good work there.

The rest of the book is garbarge. He continually states bishops ignore his numbers (from talks with some, they do not) and says no one has disproven him. Well, in his mind no one has. I've seen studies directly contradicting him. Interesting.

But my favorite was he proclaims as a fact that all credible research on the early Church says that everyone believed deaconesses to be in Holy Orders. Well, I contacted him looking for ANY source saying this. He has yet to respond because the Council of Nicea, the first Ecumenical Council, says the exact opposite.

Trash it.

Every Catholic should read this - especially the ordained...  Aug 27, 2001
This is a truly wonderful book. It IS dense and it is worth every moment spent reading it. You cannot help but find yourself represented somewhere amongst all the respondents surveyed. I have reread it several times over the years and it continues to reassure me and verify my experiences in the Church. I have often been mystified by the presumptions others make about Catholics and Catholicism because the presumptions do not fit my experience at all - and I did not consider my experience or beliefs atypical. The book makes clear the widespread presumptions do not fit with the experiences of entire generations of Catholics in recent history! I would like very much to see a reprint of this book with updated data (or a follow up book). Many of Fr. Greeley's predictions about the Church as it enters the new millenia have no doubt come to pass and I, for one, would like a look at the numbers. It is a great pity Church leaders are not more interested in and responsive to this research. If they were, the Church today would undoubtedly be an even more robust and inclusive home base for Catholics today. This book is also a great treat for fans of the author's novels, which he was inspired to write by some of the findings reported here. This somewhat academic work points up just how deft he is at weaving both harsh and beautiful realities - confirmed by the data, of course - into highly entertaining parables that are themselves unforgettable experiences of grace.

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