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Global Catholicism: Diversity and Change Since Vatican II Paperback – 24 Feb 2009

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  • Paperback: 337 pages
  • Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd (24 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1850659567
  • ISBN-13: 978-1850659563
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.1 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,050,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Every bishop and priest in the Catholic Church should sit down and read this remarkable book. Ian Linden has quietly demolished canards levelled against those who believe that the reforming work of the Second Vatican Council is not yet complete. Instead of imagining that life beyond the Council is ever upwards and onwards, he takes as seriously as Pope Benedict the ever-lurking reality of sin.' --The Tablet

'Too often, histories of Catholicism consist of lives of popes, or polemics on headline-grabbing issues like sexuality and gender. This book has an entirely different perspective --global, political and filled with many more brave and inspiring men and women of God than it is with clerical ghouls. It is not an out-and-out celebration, but the lasting impression Linden leaves is of a hidden and positive side of the Church, engaged around the world in the sort of challenging, often thankless but absolutely vital work with the most needy that doesn't make headlines but requires enormous courage, stamina and determination.' --The Independent

'Ian Linden begins his admirable new book with a Chinese proverb: when a tree falls it makes a big noise, when a forest grows nobody hears anything. Media interest in ecclesiastical affairs tends to focus on the falling trees reflected in sex scandals, 'unholy rows' and popes who demonstrate their fallibility. Global Catholicism does not evade these topics, but the book's starting point lies a long way from the marble halls of the Vatican and its sheltered inhabitants. The main task Linden sets himself is to chart how a Eurocentric body which had largely spread in the wake of empire has evolved over the past half-century into the world's most diverse and far-flung organization.' --Times Literary Supplement

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'Ian Linden begins his admirable new book with a Chinese proverb: when a tree falls it makes a big noise, when a forest grows nobody hears anything. Media interest in ecclesiastical affairs tends to focus on the falling trees reflected in sex scandals, "unholy rows" and popes who demonstrate their fallibility. Global Catholicism does not evade these topics, but the book's starting point lies a long way from the marble halls of the Vatican and its sheltered inhabitants. The main task Linden sets himself is to chart how a Eurocentric body which had largely spread in the wake of empire has evolved over the past half-century into the world's most diverse and far-flung organization.'

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