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Only in America?

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520238176.003.0009
Only in America?

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The revolution was uniquely American and was a result of the materialism, consumerism, secularism, and “pan-sexualism” of American society. The curalists are European influenced intellectuals who are unbending haters of the United States. At the time of the worst period of child sex abuse scandals, the curalists took the opinion that this is what was expected of a country that was obsessed with sex. The Church in the United States, they stated, is merely ahead of the Church in other countries in its attempts to cope up with sexual abuse by priests. This chapter ascertains whether there is evidence in the international data that Catholic unrest in the United States since in the 1970s has been in excess in comparison with the other major Catholic countries. The most reform-minded Catholic countries were Spain and Ireland and they wanted a change more than any other regions. Each of the seven reforms got support from over 58 percent of Catholics in Spain and Ireland. The chapter thus concludes that limiting the revolution to the United States would not work without other sources of support.

Keywords: American society; curalists; child sex abuse; international data; major Catholic countries; Catholic Revolution

Chapter.  2419 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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