The Catholic Bishops in the U.S. Public Arena: Changing Prospects under Pope Francis
AbstractThe public profile of the Roman Catholic bishops of the United States results not simply from their own interventions in political life, but from the broad array of actions and actors within “public Catholicism” broadly conceived. This article assesses the contemporary profile of the American bishops from this broad angle, particularly in light of new dynamics under the papacy of Francis I. It does so by documenting public Catholicism’s presence in ecclesial institutions, other public institutions, and lay-centered social movements (particularly faith-based community organizing) and via a case study of the healthcare reform debate around the State Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Affordable Care Act. Cultural and institutional factors shaping Catholic public presence are analyzed in three dimensions of social life: institutional leadership; authority dynamics within the Church; and the culture of prayer, spirituality, and worship in parishes. Finally, the conclusion discusses the key dynamics likely to shape the future of public Catholicism in America. View Full-Text
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Wood, R.L. The Catholic Bishops in the U.S. Public Arena: Changing Prospects under Pope Francis. Religions 2016, 7, 14.
Wood RL. The Catholic Bishops in the U.S. Public Arena: Changing Prospects under Pope Francis. Religions. 2016; 7(2):14.Chicago/Turabian Style
Wood, Richard L. 2016. "The Catholic Bishops in the U.S. Public Arena: Changing Prospects under Pope Francis." Religions 7, no. 2: 14.
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