Abortion: Examining Issues Through Political Cartoons by Mary E. Williams (ed.) (Greenhaven Press, 2002, 75pp.) Editor Mary Williams presents a representative and diverse collection of cartoons with commentary on a range of abortion-related themes in this engaging series aimed at students.
Catholic Intellectuals and the Challenge of Democracy by Jay P. Corrin (University of Notre Dame Press, 2002, 571pp.) Social scientist Jay Corrin presents a historical and informative perspective on the progressive drive within the Catholic church between the late 1800s and the mid-1950s--a time when anti-democratic forces appeared to hold sway.
The Courage to Be Catholic: Crisis, Reform, and the Future of the Church by George Weigel (Basic Books, 2002, 246pp.) Theologian and papal biographer George Weigel sees the root of the current crisis in the Catholic church in the church's permissive attitude towards dissent and a lax hierarchy, both in the US and the Vatican, which he argues may lead to a potential schism in the church.
Goodbye Father: The Celibate Male Priesthood and the Future of the Catholic Church by Richard A. Schoenherr et al (Oxford University Press, 2002, 275pp.) Sociologist Richard Schoenherr, who passed away in 1996, leaving the manuscript with his student David Yamane, proposes an end to mandatory celibacy, paving the way for the ordination of married clergy and women priests, and also overcoming priest shortages.
In Search of an American Catholicism: A History of Religion and Culture in Tension by Jay P. Dolan (Oxford University Press, 2002, 312pp.) Historian and former president of the American Catholic Historical Association Jay Dolan examines how Catholics have attempted to reconcile their values as Americans with their values as Catholics. Dolan concludes that, despite outward appearances, Catholicism and American culture complement and enrich one another.
Life, Liberty and the Defense of Dignity: The Challenge for Bioethics by Leon R. Kass, M.D (Encounter Books, 2002, 312pp.) Chair of the President's Council of Bioethics, Leon Kass raises concerns about the ethics of recent biotechnological developments and presents an often-disquieting insight into the probable future of federal policy in this arena under the Bush administration.
Limits of Liberation: Feminist Theology and the Ethics of Poverty and Reproduction by Elina Vuola (Sheffield Academic Press, 2002, 268pp.) Researcher in development studies Elina Vuola traces the emergence of Latin American feminist liberation theology. Using an analysis of poor women's living conditions, the author decries traditional liberation theology's neglect of reproductive rights. Based on a 1997 doctoral dissertation.
Misguided Morality: Catholic Moral Teaching in the Contemporary Church by Michael M. …