Global Catholicism: Diversity and Change since Vatican II

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"Every bishop and priest in the Catholic Church should sit down and read this remarkable book."— The Tablet

Global Catholicism examines the complex pressure the Second Vatican Council placed on the Roman Catholic Church and the counterforces that have mobilized in responce to its reforms. Ian Linden considers whether the Catholic Church has lived up to the promise of the Vatican II and whether it has come to terms with the challenges of pluralism, modernity, and different forms of spirituality. He also focuses on historical and theological factors that have had a huge impact on the evolution and international standing of the church in the twentieth century.

Linden examines the Church's response to global and local wars and efforts to maintain peace; the growth of nationalism and the struggle for democratization in Africa; theological debates over liberation; the actions carried out by military dictatorships; guerilla combat in Latin America, Africa, and the Phillipines; interactions with communist governments; and inculturation and contact with a resurgent Islam. Depsite an honest assessment of the Church's failings, Linden ultimately portrays the Catholic Church as an organization uniquely attuned to globalization.

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Ian Linden is a professional research associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, Univeristy of London, and has spent more than forty years writing for Catholic periodicals and magazines.

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Anyone in need of a well-informed account of how a truly global church emerged from the Euro-centered ambiguities of the Second Vatican Council need seek no further than Ian Linden's book. Written with intellectual energy and lucidity, Linden combines realism with a theologically judicious diagnosis of the church's agendas and predicaments.

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