Joanne H. Meehl The Recovering Catholic

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The Recovering Catholic

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This volume brings together the poignant stories of over fifty women who left the Catholic Church to find more fulfilling ways of expressing their spirituality.

Author Joanne H. Meehl addresses a wide variety of topics including the reasons why women begin to question their faith, the heavy burden of religious guilt, the attitudes of the Catholic hierarchy toward women, and the escalating amount of sexual abuse cases involving priests. Meehl also discusses the Church's obsession with sex and the discrimination women feel because they are not included as full members of the faith. She includes some practical advice on breaking away from the Church including how to confront your family with the news that you are no longer a Catholic as well as information on choosing new spiritual outlets.

Unlike other books on the Catholic Church, The Recovering Catholic is the first to focus on the individual journeys of women, who faced not only what they thought to be discriminatory practices and oppressive dogma, but the ire of family and society in their search for a spiritual happy ending. The Recovering Catholic illustrates how these women successfully left the Church and found new avenues for their faith.

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Disillusioned Roman Catholics will welcome Joanne Meehl's accounts of women who have left their Roman Catholic loyalties and observance behind. Eighty women, all of whom answered ads seeking such stories, completed the questionnaires and reports that are the bases for Meehl's narrative. Defining her target respondents as "women who have given up on a church that has not been home for them," the author sought also for women who wanted "encouragement and guidance" for moving on. Many readers will undoubtedly find just that in these pages, along with consolation for their own journeys through the six stages of being "recovering Catholics." But this is not the place to look for the balance or the theological insights that have informed the post-Vatican II era. Chapters here begin with selections from the 1953 Baltimore Catechism. Moreover, as often as not, the women quoted have already moved on, most of them into Universalist Unitarian congregations or into one of 13 other alternatives profiled briefly by Meehl, alternatives that vary from Judaism to Jehovah's Witnesses.
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