Item description for Nothing to Hide: Secrecy, Communication, and Communion in the Catholic Church by Russell Shaw...
Overview Shaw, widely known Catholic writer, speaker and former communications director for the U S Bishops, discusses the abuse of secrecy in the Church, the scandals it has caused and the serious problem of mistrust that exists in the credibility of the Church. Not concerned with the legitimate secrecy that is necessary to protect confidentiality and people's reputations, Shaw is rather concerned here with the stifling, deadening misuse of secrecy that has done immense harm to communion and community in the Church in America. Shaw shows the secrecy issue is a theological as well as practical problem that raises such questions as: What kind of Church do we want our Church to be, open or closed? What kind of Church should it be? And how much secrecy is compatible with having such a Church? As Pope Benedict XVI has stated, "The consequence is clear: we cannot communicate with the Lord if we do not communicate with one another." The Church is a communion, not a political democracy, and thus openness and accountability are even more crucial for the life of the Church than they are in a democracy. In a talk he gave many years before he became the current Pope, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger had this to say about the reality of ecclesial communion: "Fellowship in the Body of Christ and receiving the Body of Christ means fellowship with one another. This of its very nature includes mutual acceptance, giving and receiving on both sides, and readiness to share one's goods . . . In this sense, the social question is given quite a central place in the theological heart of the concept of communion." This is a beautiful vision of the Church. Shaw's aim in his book is to make a contribution to realizing this vision in the concrete circumstances of the present day, by helping to end the culture of secrecy, especially within American Catholicism, and replacing the destructive culture with an open, accountable community of faith. "Throughout his career, Russell Shaw has served admirably Mother Church through his balanced, reasonable, informed, accessible, and forthright writings. Understanding that there are legitimate applications for the use of secrecy in both everyday religious life and secular society, he now addresses the unfortunate and long standing consequences of unnecessary secrecy and the lack of open and effective communication within the Catholic Church. Inhibiting the promotion of truth, knowledge, and accountability and increasing the chances of corruption,
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Studio: Ignatius Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.04" Width: 5.76" Height: 0.56" Weight: 0.51 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2008
Publisher Ignatius Press
ISBN 1586172182 ISBN13 9781586172183
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More About Russell Shaw
ABOUT THE AUTHOR RUSSELL SHAW is author or co-author of sixteen previous books, including American Church: The Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall, and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America (2013), To Hunt, To Shoot, To Entertain: Clericalism and the Catholic Laity (Ignatius Press, 1993), Papal Primacy in the Third Millennium (Our Sunday Visitor, 2000), and, with Germain Grisez, Personal Vocation: God Calls Everyone By Name (Our Sunday Visitor, 2003). Shaw is editor of Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Catholic Doctrine (1997) and a contributing editor to Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly magazine. He was the director of information for the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/United States Catholic Conference from 1969 to 1987 and of the Knights of Columbus from 1987 to 1997. He is a consultor of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications and teaches at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome. He and his wife have five children and ten grandchildren.
Russell Shaw currently resides in Portland, in the state of Oregon. Russell Shaw was born in 1947.
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A must read May 21, 2008
Russell Shaw is a long-time Catholic journalist of impeccable honesty and courage. His new book, *Nothing to Hide* reveals the hidden causes of the recent scandals in the Church, and prescribes the changes that need to be made so that the Church can heal. The remedies he prescribes may be painful to some, especially in the hierarchy, but they will be welcome to most Catholics outside the charmed, and sometimes not so charming, closed circle of insiders.
Shaw is that rare Catholic analyst of Church affairs - a loyalist without being an apologizer. As a bonus, he writes well and the text moves quickly and forcefully.