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Catholicism and Liberalism: Contributions to American Public by R. Bruce Douglass, David Hollenbach

By R. Bruce Douglass, David Hollenbach

Liberalism and Catholicism are of an important forces shaping the modern political tradition of the us. This publication explores what's at stake as they stumble upon one another in new contexts this present day and what a clean dialog among them supplies for the way forward for American public existence. it truly is according to the conviction that either traditions proceed to have a lot to benefit from one another and that either might give a contribution extra constructively to the answer of the issues dealing with the state in the event that they have been to take action.

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Its ambiguous stance toward democracy, reflecting its class basis and philosophical ambiguities, limited its capacity to respond to demands for political equality and social welfare, which were taken up by competing forces of socialism. Its anti-militarist, free-trade principles faced new forces of political and economic nationalism and imperialism. Its rationalist and humanitarian premises were increasingly dismissed by generations imbued with a harsher Darwinian perspective on the world and human nature or haunted by glimpses of reality that seemed beyond the reach of liberal reason.

They were historians like Acton and Dollinger. History, not philosophy, was in fact their native element. 16 Is the absence of a clear and comprehensive liberal Catholic doctrine to be deplored? Or is it a question of accepting the movement on its own terms, realizing in addition that repeated thunderbolts from Rome and conservative adversaries did not encourage these thinkers to present larger targets than necessary? Montalembert, for instance, repeatedly disclaimed any ambition of setting forth universal principles.

PART I Historical conflicts and developments CHAPTER I The failed encounter: the Catholic church and liberalism in the nineteenth century Peter Steinfels The outline of the nineteenth-century encounter between Roman Catholicism and liberalism is familiar to readers of almost any modern history text. The drama begins when the French Revolution tries first to retailor the church to a revolutionary pattern and then, having fallen short in the effort, attempts to replace Christianity altogether. The church casts its lot with counter-revolution.

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