Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church
Basic Books, $27.99, 280 pp.
In March of 1979, Pope John Paul II opened his first encyclical, Redemptor hominis, with these words: “The Redeemer of humanity, Jesus Christ, is the center of the universe and of history.” This simple proclamation, coming as it did after the tumultuous decade that preceded the new pope’s election, signaled his intent to reorient the church around its true center. In 1979 many saw the faith languishing amid the postwar dissolution of Catholic subcultures...
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