Faithful Revolution: How Voice of the Faithful is Changing the Church

Faithful Revolution: How Voice of the Faithful is Changing the Church

By: Tricia C. Bruce (author)Paperback

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In January 2002, reeling from a growing awareness of child sexual abuse within their church, a small group of Catholics gathered after Mass in the basement of a parish in Wellesley, Massachusetts to mourn and react. They began to mobilize around supporting victims of abuse, supporting non-abusive priests, and advocating for structural change in the Catholic Church so that abuse would no longer occur. Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) built a movement by harnessing the faith and fury of a nation of Catholics shocked by reports of abuse and institutional complicity. Tricia Colleen Bruce offers an in-depth look at the development of Voice of the Faithful, showing their struggle to challenge Church leaders and advocate for internal change while being accepted as legitimately Catholic. Guided by the stories of individual participants, Faithful Revolution brings to light the intense identity negotiations that accompany a challenge to one's own religion and offers a meaningful way to learn about Catholic identity, intrainstitutional social movements, and the complexity of institutional structures.

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About Author

Tricia Colleen Bruce received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2006. Her research interests include American Catholicism, social movements, and the sociology of religion. She is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Maryville College, residing in Maryville, Tennessee, with her husband and two children.


Introduction ; Chapter One: The Beginning ; Chapter Two: Banned ; Chapter Three: Supporting Survivors ; Chapter Four: Moving Beyond Abuse ; Chapter Five: Collective Memories ; Chapter Six: On Being Catholic ; Chapter Seven: The Salience of Culture ; Chapter Eight: A Bounded Repertoire ; Chapter Nine: Social Movements, Institutions, and Religion ; Conclusion ; Appendix: Methodology ; Notes ; Works Cited

Product Details

  • publication date: 17/04/2014
  • ISBN13: 9780199380268
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 228
  • ID: 9780199380268
  • weight: 338
  • ISBN10: 0199380260

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