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by Alice Camille,Joel R. Schorn

eBook A Faith Interrupted: An Honest Conversation with Alienated Catholics download ISBN: 082941682X
Author: Alice Camille,Joel R. Schorn
Publisher: Loyola Press (October 1, 2004)
Language: English
Pages: 192
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This book not only explores some of the reasons why Catholics leave the church and offers guidance for those contemplating a return, but also outlines basic principles of the faith, looks at key elements that make up the Catholic identity, and simplifies issues of theology and Church teaching.

This book not only explores some of the reasons why Catholics leave the church and offers guidance for those contemplating a return, but also outlines basic principles of the faith, looks at key elements that make up the Catholic identity, and simplifies issues of theology and Church teaching.

A Faith Interrupted : An Honest Conversation with Alienated Catholics. by Alice Camille and Joel R. Schorn. Explores some reasons why some of the seventeen million baptized inactive Catholics have left the church, offers guidance for those contemplating a return as well as tips on finding the right parish, outlines basic principles of faith, and simplifies issues of church teaching.

In A Faith Interrupted, authors Alice Camille and Joel Schorn serve as. .An Honest Conversation with Alienated Catholics.

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Catholics believe in faith and works. You hear Protestants and Catholics say this all the time. Catholic theology would say that there is more to justification than that, but it is true that at the beginning of the Christian life God forgives a person’s sins and declares him righteous. When Protestants use the phrase faith alone, they are describing how we are justified.

According to a recent estimate, seventeen million baptized American Catholics are inactive

According to a recent estimate, seventeen million baptized American Catholics are inactive. Whether this alienation is the result of a gradual slipping away, an incident of mistreatment, or simple uncertainty about one's faith or beliefs, there is hope for those who are looking to make peace with the church.

According to a recent estimate, seventeen million baptized American Catholics are inactive. Whether this alienation is the result of a gradual slipping away, an incident of mistreatment, or simple uncertainty about one’s faith or beliefs, there is hope for those who are looking to make peace with the church.

In A Faith Interrupted, authors Alice Camille and Joel Schorn serve as compassionate mediators in a conversation with disaffected Catholics, providing a place for people to clarify what went wrong and identify options for reconciliation and reunion. This book not only explores some of the reasons why Catholics leave the church and offers guidance for those contemplating a return, but also outlines basic principles of the faith, looks at key elements that make up the Catholic identity, and simplifies issues of theology and Church teaching.

Also included are helpful tips on finding the right parish and using spiritual tools to arrive at a better understanding of what one wants from the church. A Faith Interrupted seeks to help readers heal past hurts and find hope for the future.

Comments: (3)
Impala Frozen
This 175 page book honestly looks at the reasons people leave the Church but focuses more on reasons to return to the Church. The first 38 pages deal with general alienation and a few specific cases focusing on issues of Faith, the institution of the Church, and the community within the Church. The next 18 pages cover Catholicism and the Church as a place of prayer, grace, and the Sacraments. The remaining 120 pages more practically detail the Church as a place of prayer, grace, and the Sacraments. I recommend reading "A Faith Interrupted" to get focused on possibly returning to the Church.
Prinna
The authors state in the introductory section of this 2004 book, "We'll put our cards on the table at the start. We're Catholics. And we're hoping to begin a conversation with those who once called themselves Catholic but are no longer sure that name applies... If being Catholic has been a problem for you, it may be a relief to know you're part of a bid club. An estimated seventeen million baptized American Catholics are inactive... A church... with sacraments dedicated to our wholeness---has to provide a soft landing for those who have journeyed out and may be looking for a way back in... If healing and hope are the results of this conversation, they alone are worth the price of admission! For those who decide to explore the possibility of reconciliation and reunion with the church, we'll also provide the information needed to begin that work." (Pg. ix-x)

They add, "After examining what makes the Catholic experience stall for many, we'll pursue some of the reasons Catholics stay in the church or return to it. We'll explore how the life of the church in its fulness can name and give meaning to our everyday experiences, consecrating our relationships, achievements, failures, and lessons as holy ground,,, In the end, we hope to assist in the clarification of what happens next... We'll also point out paths you can take to strengthen your spiritual journey." (Pg. xiii) And finally, "we recognize that for some, reconciliation with the church will be out of the question at this time or until hell (or the Vatican!) freezes over. For those who will take their leave of us at any point in this conversation, we hope you will take a blessing and the peace of Christ with you." (Pg. xv-xvi)

They admit in the first chapter, "There are a million reasons why people leave the church---or, more accurately, seventeen million reasons in this country alone, one for each person who currently relates to the term ex, lapsed, former, nonpracticing, retired, or, the hippest phrase, recovering Catholic. Of all the reasons we hear for this migration, nearly none could be described as frivolous, any many are quite poignant. The most common theme... is a variation on the idea of 'alienation of affection,' a term used to contain the world of hurt involved in the death of a marriage. Once there was love... But one side, or perhaps both parties, broke trust, and nothing has been done to reestablish what was lost." (Pg. 2-3)

They note, "Very, very few people who feel compelled to leave the church cite the service role of the church as the reason for their departure. More often those who leave the institutional church remain 'Catholic' in their responsiveness to the poor and their keen sense of justice for the afflicted." (Pg. 77) They acknowledge, "Generations of Catholics have been separated from their church through the specter of a broken marriage. It was insult added to injury: the heartbreak of a crucial relationship shattered was too often met with silence, if not outright accusation, on the part of church officials. Spouses in abusive situations were counseled to remain in them for the sake of the sacrament or the children. Spouses in loveless unions were told it was their responsibility to lie in the be they had made for themselves... It was a horrible miscalculation of pastoral action: to 'protect' the sacrament at the expense of the people for whom it was intended." (Pg. 94)

They suggest, "Many who have been away from church for a while feel uneasy about crashing the Sunday service unannounced, so to speak, after all this time. So they may prefer to attend a daily Mass, which is smaller, quieter, and seems less demanding all around. It should be noted that the daily Mass crowd has quite a different character than the Sunday assembly... The pace of the service will be quicker, with little or no music, fewer readings, and often no homily by the priest, in consideration of those who are on their way to work, or on lunch break, or on their way home, depending on the time of day." (Pg. 118)

Inactive or alienated Catholics---particularly those giving consideration to opening up relations with the church again---may find this book helpful, as a starting point.
BlackHaze
As a Catholic that is no longer practicing because of conflicts with the teachings and practices of the Church, I was disappointed with this book. I was hoping for a book that would honestly look at the reasons people leave. Instead it listed a few cases of alienated Catholics then immediately went into what you "should" do to get your faith back. It assumed that the Bible and the teachings of the Church were absolute truths.