Liberal Catholicism Reexamined

Peter Steinfels

in Believing Scholars

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780823225255
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236589 | DOI:
Liberal Catholicism Reexamined

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This chapter examines liberal Catholicism and its role on the life of Peter Steinfels. It argues that liberal Catholicism is, in fact, a controverted and approximate label. Its history overlaps with that of Christian Democracy, social Catholicism, and modernism. The chapter notes that liberal Catholicism was rooted in Romanticism more than in the Enlightenment. Its rebellion against the old alliance of throne and altar, and its eventual embrace of freedom of religion for all, was restorationist, not revolutionary. The chapter points out five observations of liberal Catholicism. The chapter concludes by discussing the themes of heroism, joy, and obedience.

Keywords: liberal Catholicism; Peter Steinfels; Christian Democracy; Romanticism; Enlightenment; heroism; joy; obedience

Chapter.  5683 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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