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Waiting for the Apocalypse: A Memoir of Faith and Family

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It is 1972, and Veronica Chater's parents believe that Vatican II's liberalization has corrupted the Catholic Church, inviting the Holy Chastisement--an apocalypse prophesied by three shepherds in Fatima, Portugal. To spare his family this horror, Veronica's father quits the highway patrol, sells everything, and moves the family of eight from California to an isolated village near Fatima.

But Portugal is no Catholic utopia, and the family schleps home penniless to join the nascent Catholic counterrevolution: attending the Latin Mass in truck garages and abandoned buildings, serving meals to religious soldiers, breeding a new member of the faithful every year. As Veronica comes of age on the fringes of the American Dream, she rebels against a fanaticism that forbids anything modern--clothes, movies, or music. This is the story, both sad and funny, of a family torn apart by religion and brought back together in spite of the injuries it inflicted on itself.

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At the center of "Waiting for the Apocalypse: A Memoir of Faith and Family" stands the figure of Veronica Chater's father, a one-time California highway patrol officer so focused on a single idea that he uproots and impoverishes his large family and distorts the lives of his children. His obsession is with the reforms of Vatican II, which he thinks have corrupted the Catholic church. Disgusted with... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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Growing up Catholic in a family where the reforms of Vatican II are seen as the work of Satan.

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Chater recounts her life growing up Catholic in a family where the reforms of Vatican II were seen as the work of Satan. This is the story, both sad and funny, of a family torn apart by religion and brought back together in spite of the injuries it inflicted on itself.

Synopsis:

Growing up Catholic in a family where the reforms of Vatican II are seen as the work of Satan.

About the Author

Veronica Chater has written for national women's magazines and This American Life. Her stories have also appeared in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, the Guardian (London), and various anthologies. She currently lives in Berkeley, California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393066036
Author:
Chater, Veronica
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Family
Subject:
History
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Family -- Religious life.
Subject:
Chater, Veronica
Subject:
Biography - General
Publication Date:
20090231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.6 x 5.8 x 1.2 in 0.92 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Growing up Catholic in a family where the reforms of Vatican II are seen as the work of Satan.
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