Synopses & Reviews
Liberalism and Catholicism are two of the most important forces shaping the contemporary political culture of the United States. This book explores what is at stake as they encounter each other in new contexts today and what a fresh conversation between them promises for the future of American public life. It is based on the conviction that both traditions continue to have much to learn from each other and that both would contribute more constructively to the resolution of the problems facing the nation if they were to do so.
No other book offers such a detailed exploration of the encounter between Catholicism and liberalism in the USA.
Table of Contents
Preface; List of Contributors; Introduction; Part 1: Historical Conflicts and Developments; 1. The Failed Encounter: The Catholic Church and Liberalism in the Nineteenth Century Peter Steinfels; 2. American Catholics and Liberalism, 1789-1960 Philip Gleason; 3. Vatican II and the Encounter between Catholicism and Liberalism Joseph A. Komonchak; 4. Liberalism after the Good Times: The 'End of History' in Historical Perspective R. Bruce Douglass; Part 2. New Encounters and Theoretical Reconstructions; 5. A Communitarian Reconstruction of Human Rights David Hollenbach; 6. Catholic Social Thought, the City, and Liberal America Jean Bethke Elshtain; 7. The Common Good and the Open Society Louis Dupre; 8. Catholic Classics in American Liberal Culture David Tracy; Part 3: Practices and Institutions; 9. Catholicism and Liberal Democracy Paul E. Sigmund; 10. Feminism, Liberalism, and Catholicism Mary C. Segers; 11. The Family, Liberalism, and Catholic Social Teaching Laura Gellot; 12. Rights of Persons in the Church James Provost; Afterword: A Community of Freedom; Index.