A Catholic Revolution

Andrew Greeley and Paul Wink

in The Catholic Revolution

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780520238176
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520938779 | DOI:
A Catholic Revolution

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This chapter is about the revolutionary impact of Vatican Council II on the Catholic Church in the United States. The so-called sexual revolution was not infact a revolution but an increase in pre marital sex along with a decline in the age of first sexual activity. The theory and supporting data concludes that there was indeed a revolution within Catholicism in the United States in the years immediately after the Vatican Council. The “effervescence” created by the Council had run its course by the early 1970s, though its effects are still felt over thirty years later. Attempts to restore the Catholicism of the preconciliar years failed because Catholics no longer recognize the right of the Church leadership to undo the changes made during those critical years. The primary concern of the Church in the twentieth century was the Catholics. Catholics have withdrawn sexuality from the area in which they feel they have to listen to their Church.

Keywords: Catholic Revolution; Vatican Council; United States; sexual revolution; Church leadership

Chapter.  2989 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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