Shipwrecked?

The Crisis of Authority in Catholic Modernity
Edited by Michael J. Lacey and
Francis Oakley
Oxford University Press, $35, 381 pp.

What counts as authentically “Catholic,” and who gets to make that determination? That is the focus of this timely collection about the persistent problem of authority in contemporary Catholicism. Since Vatican II and Humanae vitae, there has been an ongoing disjunction between certain official magisterial teachings and their reception, particularly on the part of first-world Catholics. In his prologue, Michael J. Lacey writes that what has provoked this discontent is the demand by...

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About the Author

Anthony J. Godzieba is professor of theology and religious studies at Villanova University.