By Patricia Miller
Reliable Catholics tells the tale of the extraordinary people who have engaged in an almost fifty-year fight to claim the ethical legitimacy of a pro-choice place within the Catholic Church, in addition to the concurrent efforts of the Catholic hierarchy to suppress abortion dissent and to translate Catholic doctrine on sexuality into legislations. Miller recounts a dramatic yet mostly untold heritage of protest and persecution, which demonstrates the profound and striking impression that the clash over abortion within the Catholic Church has had not just at the church but in addition at the very cloth of U.S. politics. stable Catholics addresses lots of today’s hot-button questions about the separation of church and nation, together with what concessions society may still make in public coverage to issues of spiritual doctrine, comparable to the Catholic ban on contraception.
Good Catholics is a Gold Medalist (Women’s concerns) within the 2015 IPPY awards, an award provided via the self sustaining Publishers booklet organization to acknowledge excellence in self sustaining booklet publishing.
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She was also a talented athlete. She excelled at softball, basketball, and track and ﬁeld at a time when women were discouraged from playing competitive sports. After college, Farians got a master’s degree in education and worked as a physical education teacher for girls, encouraging them to get involved in team sports, which she believed promoted self-conﬁdence and leadership in women. She helped organize some of the ﬁrst community sports leagues for girls in Cincinnati and, deeply inﬂuenced by the social justice teachings of the Catholic Worker movement, racially integrated them, a local ﬁrst.
Some of the abortionists were kind, or at least professional; many others were not. A college student who got an abortion in a small New England town got a lecture from the doctor on the evils of sinning before he performed the abortion. 24 Unsanitary conditions, ill-trained providers, and little medical followup turned what was a simple, safe procedure when performed correctly in a clean setting into a crapshoot of potential complications: perforated uterus, which was almost always fatal, raging postoperative infection, which a woman had a slightly better chance of surviving if she got immediate medical treatment, or permanent infertility.
Kennedy. The power of the bishops and the church began to decline, as did the need for them to protect Catholics from the outside world. The church convened the Second Vatican Council from 1962 to 1965 to discuss how it should respond to these changes and how it should relate to the modern world. Vatican II urged the hierarchy to move beyond protecting the narrow interests of a Catholic minority to take a new, more engaged role in the modern world and confront broader social problems. It also recommended the establishment of national bishops’ conferences that could assert the collective authority of the bishops at a national level.