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The Catholic RevolutionNew  Wine, Old Wineskins, and the Second Vatican Council$
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Andrew Greeley

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520238176

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520238176.001.0001

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Recovering the Catholic Heritage

Recovering the Catholic Heritage

(p.131) Eleven Recovering the Catholic Heritage
The Catholic Revolution

Andrew Greeley

Paul Wink

University of California Press

This chapter explains that if one tries to recover some of the potentially useful and valuable symbols of heritage, one must explore the images and stories and metaphors, the art and beauty of the Catholic past. In the post revolutionary decades the false prophecy of the second Vatican Council has infected only some elements of the Church's elite—Priests, nuns, teachers, parish staff members, journalists and intellectuals. The false prophets are not evil people, quite the contrary they are virtuous and well intentioned. They tend to substitute enthusiasm for a mature understanding of Catholicism and its heritage. The chapter addresses some of the responses that influence Catholic attitudes toward creation, especially those called the sacramentals. There are four special dimensions one must consider as one commences the task of retrieving the Catholic heritage. There exists a program for the recovery of the sacramental heritage in American Catholicism, a pedagogical literature about how to do it, syllabi for classroom instruction, and national conferences at which ideas and projects are shared.

Keywords:   sacramentals, American Catholicism, pedagogical literature, classroom instruction, national conferences

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