Humanae vitae, priestly celibacy, and papal infallibility are, unsurprisingly, front and center as contemporary emblems of primitive thinking and the church's love of control. A long chapter starting with Vatican IPs approval of Mass in the vernacular takes us into not just the evils of Latin (just a power trip for those who understand it), but Copernicus, Galileo, Darwin, the destructive force of biblical literalism, the unjust suppression of gospels, and more than fifteen pages on the misinterpretation of Mary Magdalene.
Spring books Thomas Baker An Offer You Can Refuse in the 1940s with Jesuit Leonard Feeney, Humanae vitae, priestly celibacy, and Practicing Catholic whose aggressive preaching of “no salva- papal infallibility are, unsurprisingly, front James Carroll tion outside the church” ultimately drove and center as contemporary emblems of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28, 400 pp. Cushing to silence him. Carroll’s claim is primitive thinking and the church’s love that Cushing realized Feeney’s message of control. Yet even readers who find J ames Carroll is nothing if not am- bitious as a writer, and in Practicing Catholic he has given us at least three books for the price of one. That is an couldn’t possibly mean damnation for Cushing’s own good and decent Jewish brother-in-law. It was a sin against char- ity, and therefore clearly wrong, what- all three deserving of serious criticism may feel exhausted by the one-sidedness of the condemnations. Carroll reserves special wrath for the current pope; under attractive offer during a miserable reces- ever its theological merits. Ratzinger’s influence, “the main fact of sion. But it is not the bargain it seems. That image—the crumbling of church Catholic life...has been cruelty.” As for If the three books in question were teaching under the force of enlightened John Paul II, even his harshest critics available separately, one of them would awareness—underlies the second of the will feel like defending him after hearing definitely be worth the effort. A good books Practicing Catholic wants to be: a Carroll claim that the ultimate impact part of Practicing Catholic is a memoir of history of the evolution of the church’s of his years in the papacy may have a Carroll’s own Irish-Catholic upbringing, thought, not just in Carroll’s lifetime, but parallel in the forces that led to the 9/11 his formation and five years as a Paulist all time. That history, selectively retold, attacks, since his reign planted “seeds of priest starting in the late 1960s, and the is almost entirely an oppressive one. Its a related zealotry.” aftermath of his decision to leave the overarching theme is the betrayal of the Carroll the polemical historian can priesthood in 1974. Carroll has written original Christian insights through cen- be undisciplined in organization and about his life in the Vietnam era before turies of ecclesiastical power grabs: the argument. A long chapter starting with (in the National Book Award–winning suppression of scriptures, fear of scientific Vatican II’s approval of Mass in the ver- An American Requiem), and he has great thinking, myths made up to keep women nacular takes us into not just the evils material to work with. A seminarian in and the rest of us in our place. Much of of Latin (just a power trip for those who the immediate wake of Vatican II, a peace what the church has based its teaching understand it), but Copernicus, Galileo, activist, and a campus minister involved and traditions on just doesn’t hold water Darwin, the destructive f
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