Off Beam, Off Side, Off Menu: An Appeal from the Catholic Pews

By Kevin Clarke
June 2012
Book Guild
Distributed by the Trans-Atlantic Publications
ISBN: 9781846246852
219 Pages
$22.50 Paper original

Kevin Clarke was born into a Catholic household and brought up within a staunchly Catholic community in England. As a youngster, he accepted the teachings and routines of the Church without question. Decades later, he is still an enthusiastic Catholic, but is now prepared to ask questions and demand answers from those responsible for leading the Church. In an effort to understand just how the Church reached its present condition, he goes right back to basics and the foundations of the faith. He looks first at God’s gifts to us, including creation, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, and then moves on to examine our own response to God: what makes up the Church, how does it all work, and what effect have the various Church Councils had over the centuries? In the light of Vatican II and its aftermath, he raises some very pertinent questions about change and the Church’s current direction. Finally he asks, ‘Where do we go from here?’ in the positive hope that the future will bring forth a Church more closely ‘attuned to the joys and hopes, the grief and anguish of the peoples of our time’.

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