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Overview The current crisis in the Church, while profoundly disturbing and troubling, offers possibilities for a renewed and revitalized Church. Cozzens underscores the critical need for laity and clergy to speak honestly and courageously to Church authorities.
Publishers Description The current crisis in the Church, while profoundly disturbing and troubling, offers possibilities for a renewed and revitalized Church. In Faith That Dares to Speak, Donald Cozzens underscores the critical need for laity and clergy to speak honestly and courageously to church authorities. He addresses the obstacles to faithful speech as well as the spiritual and moral foundations of mature, adult conversation and commitment. Chapters include "The Courage to Speak," "The Humility to Listen," "Love That Dare to Question." "The Liberation of the Laity," "Voice of the Faithful," and "Conteplative Conversation."
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Commonweal - 03/11/2005 page 34
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Studio: Liturgical Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.44" Width: 6.34" Height: 0.66" Weight: 0.78 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2004
Publisher Liturgical Press
ISBN 0814630189 ISBN13 9780814630181
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More About Donald B. Cozzens
Donald Cozzens--priest, writer, and lecturer--teaches in the religious studies department at John Carroll University. He is the award-winning and best-selling author of "The Changing Face of the Priesthood" and "Sacred Silence: Denial and the Crisis in the Church."
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Faith that Dares to Speak Aug 27, 2006
It is alarmingly accurate. Anyone who has been involved in the church will recognize the scenarios depicted. I applaud Fr. Couzens for his blunt honesty.
Faith That Dares To Speak Review Mar 23, 2006
This book was very insightful. It helped me understand the background of the very top-down nature of the Catholic Church and the lack of communication, especially open and honest communication and hierarchical listening as well as speaking, that continually frustrates me as a lay person. Father Cozzens courageously makes a strong and logical case for the need for change within the Church. Whether, as he suggests, the laity can lead our leadership to make the needed changes, only time will tell. He notes the power of our money (and I have already made some changes in my donations). But his book will also lead me to speak up with more courage than I have shown to date, in hopes that it will lead to a better future for our Church.
A brave and passionate statement Mar 10, 2006
Faith That Dares To Speak is a brave and passionate statement on the relationship between the clergy and the laity in the Catholic Church of the third millenium. As an "insider", Fr. Cozzens speaks from an obvious love and concern for the church that he serves. Unlike criticism from outside the Church, Fr. Cozzens is able to speak from firsthand knowledge and with a perspective that intends to build up, not tear down the Church. His expositions of and arguments against clericalism, monarchical and feudal attitudes are compelling and offered in the context of an ever-changing and pilgrim church; and offered as well with a hope and vision for reform and renewal.
While the recent abuse scandal was the obvious impetus for this work, I did find that more attention was paid to that subject than necessary to make his point. A wider exposition of the subject using other examples would have worked to make his argument stronger. In addition, he failed somewhat to acknowledge some of the more positive progress made in the relationship between clergy and laity, and could have used some of those examples to balance the topic, making it less quarrelsome.
Nonetheless, this book is thought-provoking and certain to stimulate conversation among Catholic laity and clergy alike.
Faith That Dares To Speak Aug 20, 2005
Donald Cozzens is incredibly insightful about the state of the Catholic Church today. He hits every nail right on the head... he puts things in crystal clear perspective.
Survival in the Catholic Church Jul 28, 2005
This book is a true blessing. While discouragement and despair tempt many faithful Catholics today. "Faith That Dares To Speak" by Donald Cozzens brings hope and encouragement. This is truly a masterful analysis of the problems in the Catholic Church, done lovingly. Fr. Cozzens presents the indespensible role of the laity in healing their beloved Church There are jewels of wisdom to be found on every page. Courage, fellow Christian Catholics. Hope is to be found! Trust in the Love of Christ which is so powerfully displayed in this book.