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The Future of Catholicism

by (author) Michael Coren

Publisher
McClelland & Stewart
Initial publish date
Nov 2014
Category
Catholic, Clergy, Institutions & Organizations
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780771023514
    Publish Date
    Nov 2013
    List Price
    $26.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780771023545
    Publish Date
    Nov 2014
    List Price
    $19.95

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From the author of the bestselling Why Catholics Are Right, a perfectly timed book on the new Vatican -- where it is, where it needs to go, and why it is more relevant than ever.
     When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, became Pope Francis in March 2013, there were almost 6,000 journalists in Rome to cover the Papal election. Some of them reported on the conclave with expertise and empathy, but others--either out of ignorance or an agenda--insisted on asking the same questions again and again: Is the Church going to change? Will the new Pope be flexible? Is Catholicism going to adapt to the times and alter its teaching on same-sex marriage, abortion, contraception, female ordination, celibate clergy, and divorce? Interestingly, these questions center on moral and sexual issues rather than directly theological topics, but they are all based on the premise that the Church is wrong, outdated, in need of fundamental transformation.

     Does the Church need to change, and if so, where? Where it cannot change, why is this so? In his signature frank style, Coren will explain and outline why the Church believes as it does on many of the most pressing moral issues, giving reasons for teaching and belief, and applying these to contemporary challenges. And for those areas where the Church must change and establish reform--the transparency of leadership and finance; the competence of the curia and Vatican civil service; the approach the Church takes towards media, the way it deals with the detritus of the abuse crisis; and its approach to the developing world band towards others religions, particularly Islam--Coren will offer insight into the faith's next steps.

     The Church is at a crossroads, but perhaps more significantly and accurately, the Western world is at a crossroads, and how the Church reacts to and deals with this phenomenon will decide and define so very much of the future--of our future.

About the author

Michael Coren has been a voice in Canadian media for over 20 years. He is a columnist, radio personality, talk show host and author. Over the years he has written for The Globe and Mail, the Financial Post, Sun Media, and many other esteemed news outlets. He also hosted and produced The Michael Coren Show on CTS. After thirteen years on The Michael Coren Show, he left to host The Arena with the Sun News Network in 2011. He has won several awards for his writing and broadcasting, including the 2008 Omni Award, the Queen's Jubilee Medal, and Columnist of the year. Coren is currently a student of Divinity at Trinity College, University of Toronto where he is on track to be ordained an Anglican Priest. He will be working in the Niagara region.

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Editorial Reviews

Praise for Michael Coren:
 • "Fearless. Unpredictable. Funny. Never boring. There's nobody and nothing like Michael Coren in journalism anywhere." David Frum

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