By Daniel C. Maguire
"All the world's major religions started out poweredby the left-wing passions of justice, hope, and compassion...targeting exploitation of the have-nots by the haves."from Whose Church?
In the spring of 2007, Daniel C. Maguire was condemned by U.S. bishops for his progressive writings, because, the New York Times reported, Maguire's pamphlets on abortionand same-sex marriage "are written in a very popular and lively style, and from what the bishops knew, they were very widely distributed." Praised by Ms.magazine as one of "40 male heroes who took a chance for women," Maguire is a noted theologian and ethicist whose controversial views and irreverent style have rankled conservatives for nearly thirty years. In this pithy guide to progressive Catholicism, Maguire shows how tragically far conservative Catholic politics have strayed from the best Catholic social teaching.
Whose Church? takes special aim at the "pelvic politics" that have dominated official Catholicism, skewering the Church hierarchy's rigid positions on sex and reproduction and revealing a "spiritually healthy" alternative approach that is fully in line with Catholic tradition. Whose Church? offers deeply informed and incisive theological arguments in favor of gender equality, affirmative action and antiracism, opposition to war, and the fight against poverty and economic inequality.
Full of humor, passion, and intolerance for injustice, Whose Church? is a manifesto for Catholics and for progressives everywhereshowing the way forward at a critical juncture in the history of the U.S. Catholic Church and in progressive politics more generally.
About the series: Titles in the Whose Religion? series will spark a spirited and substantive public debate over Catholicism, Protestantism, Judaism, and Islam and where each stands on today's most pressing issues: poverty, the environment, war, sex, race, and women's equality. In these books, noted progressive religious leaders present persuasive and profound examinations of religious belief, justice, and public policy in America.
Debunking widely held assumptions about these religions as inherently conservative on current issues, the books in Whose Religion? will offer powerful intellectual and inspirational tools for anyone grappling with a religious framework, whether to chart their own personal spiritual and moral course or to challenge the religious right and its co-option of religion for political gain.
About the Author
Daniel C. Maguire is Professor of Moral Theological Ethics at Marquette University and the president of the Religious Consultation on Population, Reproductive Health, and Ethics. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly and USA Today, and he has written several books, including Sacred Choices: The Right to Contraception and Abortion in Ten World Religions. He lives in Wisconsin.
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