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On the Web: Articles

Super Catholics? Sizing Up the New Lay Movements. Renee M. LaReau, US Catholic 71,2 (2/06):12-17.

Young Fogeys. Andrew Greeley, Atlantic Monthly (1-2/04). On post-Vatican II wave of young conservative priests & their struggle to restore clerical authority in US to pre-Vatican II levels.

Walking with "Women Called". Demetria Martínez, National Catholic Reporter (10/10/03). Genevieve Chávez of Women's Ordination Conference.

Voice of the Faithful. Richard O'Brien, National Catholic Reporter (7/15/02).

US Bishops Let Public Opinion Guide Them This Time. Laurie Goodstein, NY Times (6/16/02). Report from Dallas conference on sexual abuse.

Trying to Restore a Faith. Frank Keating, NY Times (6/15/02).

On the Web: Specialized Sites

Boston Globe Spotlight Investigation (On sexual abuse in the Catholic Church).

Call to Action (Independent national organization of Catholic lay people working for church reform, peace & social justice).

Catholic Network for Women's Equality.

Catholic Network of Volunteer Service.

Catholic Organizations for Renewal.

Future Church.

Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

The Linkup: Survivors of Clergy Abuse.

National Federation of Priests' Councils.


Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP).

Voice of the Faithful ("A prayerful voice, attentive to the Spirit, though which laity can actively participate in the governance & guidance of the Catholic Church").

Women-Church Convergence.

Women's Ordination Conference.


In the Library: Articles

Evans, Robin. "Women taking reins in Catholic churches," San Jose Mercury News (8/23/04):1,13.

Kalven, Janet. "Fifteen years of ferment," Monthly Review 36,3 (7-8/84):73-80. On radicalization of religious women.

McClory, Robert. "Catholics on the march," In These Times (1/6/97):24-26. On Call to Action.

Patterson, Margot. "Will fundamentalist Christians & Jews ignite apocalypse?" National Catholic Reporter (10/11/02):13.

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Bausch, William J. Brave New Church: From Turmoil to Trust (Mystic CT: Twenty-Third, 2001).

Cornwall, John. Breaking Faith: Can the Catholic Church Reform Itself? (NY: Penguin, 2002).

DeBerri, Edward P. Catholic Social Teaching: Our Best Kept Secret (Maryknoll NY: Orbis, 2003).

Dolan, Jay P. In Search of an American Catholicism: A History of Religion & Culture in Tension (NY: Oxford, 2003).

Gibson, David. The Coming Catholic Church: How the Faithful are Shaping a New American Catholicism (SF: HarperCollins, 2003).

Gittins, Anthony J. A Presence that Disturbs: A Call to Radical Discipleship (Liguori MO: Liguori, 2002).

Greeley, Andrew. The Catholic Revolution: New Wine, Old Wineskins & the Second Vatican Council (Berkeley: U. of California, 2004).

Halter, Deborah. The Papal "No": A Comprehensive Guide to the Vatican's Rejection of Women's Ordination (NY: Crossroads, 200?).

Johnson, Elizabeth A. The Church Women Want: Catholic Women in Dialogue (NY: Crossroads, 200?).

Katzenstein, Mary Fainsod. Faithful & Fearless: Moving Feminist Protest Inside the Church & Military (Princeton: Princeton U., 1998).

Kidder, Annemarie S. Women, Celibacy & the Church: Toward a Theology of the Single Life (NY: Crossroads, 2003).

Rius (Eduardo del Rio). El católico preguntón: 222 preguntas que quisiéramos hacer al Papa, pero que nos da pena hacerlo (México: Grijalbo, 2002). Political comic. Questions we'd like to put to the Pope but are too embarrassed to ask.

Steinfels, Peter. A People Adrift: The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America (NY: Simon & Schuster, 2003).

Van Der Zee, John. Agony in the Garden: Sex, Lies & Redemption from the Troubled Heart of the American Church (NY: Nation, 2003).

Weaver, Mary Jo (ed.) What's Left? Liberal American Catholics (Bloomington: U. of Indiana, 1999).

Wolfteich, Claire. American Catholics Through the 20th Century (Chicago, 2001).

Wood, Richard L. Faith in Action: Religion, Race, & Democratic Organizing in America (Chicago: U. of Chicago, 2002).

In the Library: Fiction

Sulivan, Jean. Eternity, My Beloved (St. Paul MN: River Boat, 1999).

West, Morris. Children of the Sun (London: Heinemann, 1957).

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