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9780195175752

Goodbye Father The Celibate Male Priesthood and the Future of the Catholic Church

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    9780195175752

  • ISBN10:

    0195175751

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-09-02
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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In the last half-century, the number of Catholic priests has plummeted by 40% while the number of Catholics has skyrocketed, up 65%. The specter of a faith defined by full pews and empty altars hangs heavy over the church. The root cause of this priest shortage is the church's insistence on mandatory celibacy. Given the potential recruitment advantages of abandoning the celibacy requirement, why, Richard A. Schoenherr asks, is the conservative Catholic coalition--headed by the pope--so adamantly opposed to a married clergy? The answer, he argues, is that accepting married priests would be but the first step toward ordaining women and thus forever altering the demographics of a resolutely male religious order. Yet Schoenherr believes that such change is not only necessary but unavoidable if the church is to thrive. The church's current stop-gap approach of enlisting laypeople to perform all but the central element of the mass only further serves to undermine the power of the celibate priesthood. Perhaps most importantly, doctrinal changes, a growing pluralism in the church, and the feminist movement among nuns and laywomen are exerting a growing influence on Catholicism. Concluding that the collapse of celibate exclusivity is all but inevitable, Goodbye Father presents an urgent and compelling portrait of the future of organized Catholicism.

Author Biography


The late Richard A. Schoenherr was a member of the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. David Yamane is Professor of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame.

Table of Contents

Preface 1(4)
Prologue: Four Funerals 5(6)
PART I Bill Thompson: America's Worst Mayor
From Home on the Range to Hat in the Ring
11(7)
The Playboy as Politician
18(9)
To Hell with the People
27(16)
America First
43(26)
PART II Frank Hague: America's Second Worst Mayor
Bad Boy or Momma's Boy
69(11)
Mayor of an American City
80(16)
To Make His Daddy Happy
96(13)
PART III Jimmy Walker: America's Third Worst Mayor
Politician and Legislator
109(14)
Mayor of a City That Never Sleeps
123(14)
The Mayor and the Inquisitor
137(24)
Scandal: The Decline and Fall
161(14)
PART IV James Michael Curley: America's Fourth Worst Mayor
The Making of a Political Boss
175(13)
The Mayor of the Poor
188(25)
Winning Isn't Everything --- It's the Only Thing
213(28)
Epilogue: The Paradox of Political Corruption 241(12)
Notes 253(10)
Further Reading 263(2)
Index 265

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