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The Future of Catholicism [Kindle Edition]

Michael Coren
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From the author of the bestselling Why Catholics Are Right, a perfectly timed book on the new Vatican -- where it is, where it needs to go, and why it is more relevant than ever.

When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, became Pope Francis in March 2013, there were almost 6,000 journalists in Rome to cover the Papal election. Some of them reported on the conclave with expertise and empathy, but others -- either out of ignorance or an agenda -- insisted on asking the same questions again and again: Is the Church going to change? Will the new Pope be flexible? Is Catholicism going to adapt to the times and alter its teaching on same-sex marriage, abortion, contraception, female ordination, celibate clergy, and divorce? Interestingly, these questions center on moral and sexual issues rather than directly theological topics, but they are all based on the premise that the Church is wrong, outdated, in need of fundamental transformation.

Does the Church need to change, and if so, where? Where it cannot change, why is this so? In his signature frank style, Coren will explain and outline why the Church believes as it does on many of the most pressing moral issues, giving reasons for teaching and belief, and applying these to contemporary challenges. And for those areas where the Church must change and establish reform -- the transparency of leadership and finance; the competence of the curia and Vatican civil service; the approach the Church takes towards media, the way it deals with the detritus of the abuse crisis; and its approach to the developing world band towards others religions, particularly Islam -- Coren will offer insight into the faith's next steps.

The Church is at a crossroads, but perhaps more significantly and accurately, the Western world is at a crossroads, and how the Church reacts to and deals with this phenomenon will decide and define so very much of the future -- of our future.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1145 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0771023510
  • Publisher: Signal (5 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CQZ6F42
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #309,853 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars very inspiring like 25 Feb 2014
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I am very impressed with this book and would recommend it as a very interesting read. The style is easy to read and the author gets his points over with regard to the future of Catholicism.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good But Repeats Previous Books 25 Jan 2014
Format:Hardcover
I didn't actually finish this. I stopped 2 chapters from the end but I feel I've read enough to review the book as I have read, and immensely enjoyed, Michael Coren's previous two books on Catholicism/Christianity. I found this a chore to read though and just sighed and closed the book upon the final two chapters. I'm a practicing Catholic and found that I knew everything this book had to say and that most of it was a repeat of what Coren had to say in his previous books. I'm not really the intended audience for this book and is felt like "preaching to the choir". Coren is very good at telling it like it is though and he accomplishes what he sets out to do here. If you don't understand why the Catholic Church teaches what it does and why it can and cannot change certain things it practices this book will explain that to you. If you want to understand how Pope Frances is different but why he is not really all that different this book will explain that to you. One thing the Catholic Church can never be is Protestant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 19 Jan 2014
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A very good read, very clear and well written. Gives the writer's views on how the Church will develop under Pope Francis, which may not be to everyone's liking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Catholicism 17 Jan 2014
By MES
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As a fairly recent convert, refreshing to read such a positive view of the Church and explanations of heart felt beliefs that the world views with scepticism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting Discussion of the Future Direction of the Catholic Church Under Pope Francis 26 Nov 2013
By Mark Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Michael Coren's books are always worth reading and this one is particularly interesting.

In this 2013 release, Coren presents some very convincing arguments in favour of the directions he believes Pope Francis should, and in Coren's view will, be leading Catholics and the Catholic Church. The arguments he presents aren't new; they can be found in other recent books such as George Weigel's, Evangelical Catholicism. But Coren writes well and presents his positions in short effective chapters, so this one is well worth reading.

I won't go into great detail about the arguments Michael Coren makes in this book, but here are the chapter headings so you can get a rough idea of the topics he's covering:

1. Marriage
2. Abortion and Birth Control
3. Euthanasia
4. Church And State
5. Female Ordination and Married Priests
6. Papacy
7. Ecumenism and New Evangelization
8. Pope Francis
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but Repeats Previous Books 25 Jan 2014
By Nicola Manning-Mansfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I didn't actually finish this. I stopped 2 chapters from the end but I feel I've read enough to review the book as I have read, and immensely enjoyed, Michael Coren's previous two books on Catholicism/Christianity. I found this a chore to read though and just sighed and closed the book upon the final two chapters. I'm a practicing Catholic and found that I knew everything this book had to say and that most of it was a repeat of what Coren had to say in his previous books. I'm not really the intended audience for this book and is felt like "preaching to the choir". Coren is very good at telling it like it is though and he accomplishes what he sets out to do here. If you don't understand why the Catholic Church teaches what it does and why it can and cannot change certain things it practices this book will explain that to you. If you want to understand how Pope Frances is different but why he is not really all that different this book will explain that to you. One thing the Catholic Church can never be is Protestant.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Future of Catholicism 12 April 2014
By Frank J, Wodzinski - Published on Amazon.com
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Mr. Coren's book was so fascinating that I could not put it down! There is a very rosy future for the Catholic Church. Problems in the Church are nothing new. The Church has overcome other problems in its history. It overcame them all, and will overcome the present ones. Mr. Coren's book indicates that it will do so, and will emerge stroner and more beautiful than ever! .
4.0 out of 5 stars The Future of Catholicism 13 Feb 2014
By Geoffrey H Manchester - Published on Amazon.com
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I like the way Coran approaches the various challenges facing the Catholic Church. He has researched his material thoroughly and puts forward common sense arguments supporting how the Magisterium has guided and continues to guide through the Holy Spirit the church for the last two millennium until the end of time.....
5.0 out of 5 stars real and powerful 30 Jan 2014
By Cgwagner - Published on Amazon.com
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Cohen does a great job in explaining the timeless truth of the Catholic Church, I would highly recommend to any Catholic
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