The Catholic Revolution: New Wine, Old Wineskins, and the Second Vatican Council

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How Do They Stay?

Granted that in the Catholic revolution of the late 1960s the lower clergy and the laity in effect repealed many of the rules they did not understand or like, how can priests and laity reject an essential, or allegedly essential, dimension of the Church's teaching and still act as though they were devout, churchgoing Catholics?

Before 1965 the model was clear and precise: If you were a Catholic (in this country at any rate), you accepted what the Church said on everything, large or small, important or unimportant. When Rome decided a difficult matter, your choice was simple. Either you went along, perhaps reluctantly, and stayed in the Church, or you dissented and, again perhaps reluctantly, decamped from the Church.

This model was so hallowed and so unquestioned that its violation still affronts right-wing Catholics and departed Catholics and secular journalists who wonder how you can have a Catholic Church when many Catholics insist that they will affiliate on their terms and not the Church's terms. (Let us leave aside, for the pur-

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The Catholic Revolution: New Wine, Old Wineskins, and the Second Vatican Council
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents ix
  • Tables xiii
  • Introduction 1
  • Part I - Old Wineskins 5
  • One - A Catholic Revolution 7
  • Two - The “confident” Church 17
  • Three - The Wineskins Burst 34
  • Four - What Happened? 41
  • Five - Effervescence Spreads from the Council to the World 61
  • Six - How Do They Stay? 71
  • Seven - New Rules, New Prophets, and Beige Catholicism 81
  • Eight - Only in America? 90
  • Nine - Why They Stay 99
  • Ten - Priests 120
  • Part II - The Search for New Wineskins 129
  • Eleven - Recovering the Catholic Heritage 131
  • Twelve - Religious Education and Beauty 150
  • Thirteen - Authority as Charm 168
  • Fourteen - Liturgists and the Laity 179
  • Conclusion 191
  • Notes 197
  • References 207
  • Index 211
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