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The Vision of Catholic Social Thought: The Virtue of Solidarity and the Praxis of Human Rights
Fortress Press
April 2014

Editor(s):
Meghan J. Clark
 

The Vision of Catholic Social Thought traces the emergence of solidarity and human rights as critical theological and philosophical pillars of the anthropology and ethics foundational to the development of Catholic social teaching. Meghan J. Clark argues that the integration of human rights and the virtue of solidarity at the root of the Catholic social tradition are the unique contributions Catholic thought makes to contemporary debates in ethics, political and philosophical theory. Building upon the historical framework of the development of Catholic social thought, drawing deeply from the papal encyclical tradition and the theological and ethical developments of Vatican II, Clark forwards a constructive vision of virtue and social practice, applying this critical question of human rights on the international stage.
 

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At the Limits of the Secular: Reflections on Faith and Public Life
Eerdsman Publishing Company
March 2014

Editor:
William Barbieri, PhD.
 

This volume presents an integrated collection of constructive essays by eminent Catholic scholars addressing the new challenges and opportunities facing religious believers under shifting conditions of secularity and “post-secularity.”

Using an innovative “keywords” approach, At the Limits of the Secular is an interdisciplinary effort to think through the implications of secular consciousness for the role of religion in public affairs. The book responds in some ways to Charles Taylor’s magnum opus, A Secular Age, although it also stands on its own. It features an original essay by David Tracy -- the most prominent American Catholic theologian writing today -- and groundbreaking contributions by influential younger theologians such as Peter Casarella, William Cavanaugh, and Vincent Miller.
 

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A Catechism for Business: Tough Ethical Questions and Insights from Catholic Teaching
CUA Press
March 2014

Author(s)
Andrew V. Abela
Joseph E. Capizzi
 

Many managers who believe themselves to be religious are all too willing to "check their religion at the door" of their workplaces. They may simply be ignorant of the implications of their faith for their business practices. Catholic teaching on business and economics has been de- scribed (with intentional irony) as the Church’s "best kept secret." The Catholic Church has over the years developed extensive and detailed guidance for many areas of business. But this guidance is often buried within lengthy teaching documents that may not be easily accessible to the busy executive. Answers to specific moral questions may be tough to find. A Catechism for Business presents the teachings of the Catholic Church as they relate to more than one hundred specific and challenging moral questions that have been asked by business leaders. Andrew V. Abela and Joseph E. Capizzi have assembled the relevant quotations from recent Catholic social teaching as responses to these questions. Questions and answers are grouped under major topics such as marketing, finance, and investment. Business ethics questions can be too subtle for definitive yes / no answers, so the book offers no more and no less than church teaching on each particular question. Where the church has offered definitive answers, the book provides them. When the church has not, the book offers guidelines for reflection and insights into what one should consider in given situations. The book’s easy-to-use question and answer approach invites quick reference for tough questions and serves as a basis for reflection and deeper study in the rich Catholic tradition of social doctrine.

 

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Philosophy Emerging from Culture
Council for Research in Values and Philosophy
August 2013

Author(s):
Rev. George F. McLean, et al
 

 

 

 


 

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Religion, Politics, and Polarization: How Religiopolitical Conflict Is Changing Congress and American Democracy
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
June 2013

Author(s):
William V. D'Antonio, et al
 

Do the religious affiliations of elected officials shape the way they vote on such key issues as abortion, homosexuality, defense spending, taxes, and welfare spending? In Religion, Politics, and Polarization: How Religiopolitical Conflict is Changing Congress and American Democracy, William D’Antonio, Steven A. Tuch and Josiah R. Baker trace the influence of religion and party in the U.S. Congress over time. For almost four decades these key issues have competed for public attention with health care, war, terrorism, and the growing inequity between the incomes of the middle classes and those of corporate America. The authors examine several contemporary issues and trace the increasing polarization in Congress. They examine whether abortion, defense and welfare spending, and taxes are uniquely polarizing or, rather, models of a more general pattern of increasing ideological division in the U.S. Congress. By examining the impact of religion on these key issues the authors effectively address the question of how the various religious denominations have shaped the House and Senate. Throughout the book they draw on key roll call votes, survey data, and extensive background research to argue that the political ideologies of both parties have become grounded in distinctive religious visions of the good society, in turn influencing the voting patterns of elected officials.
 

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American Catholics in Translation
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
May 2013

Author(s):
William V. D'Antonio, et al
 

American Catholics in Transition reports on five surveys carried out at six year intervals over a period of 25 years, from 1987 to 2011. The surveys are national probability samples of American Catholics, age 18 and older, now including four generations of Catholics. Over these twenty five years, the authors have found significant changes in Catholics’ attitudes and behavior as well as many enduring trends in the explanation of Catholic identity. Generational change helps explain many of the differences. Many millennial Catholics continue to remain committed to and active in the Church, but there are some interesting patterns of difference within this generation. Hispanic Catholics are more likely than their non-Hispanic peers to emphasize social justice issues such as immigration reform and concern for the poor; and while Hispanic millennial women are the most committed to the Church, non-Hispanic millennial women are the least committed to Catholicism.

In this fifth book in the series, the authors expand on the topics that were introduced in the first four editions. The authors are able to point to dramatic changes in and across generations and gender, especially regarding Catholic identity, commitment, parish life, and church authority. William V. D’Antonio, Michele Dillon, and Mary L. Gautier provide timely information pertaining to Catholics’ views regarding current pressing issues in the Church, such as the priest shortage and alternative liturgical arrangements and same-sex marriage. The authors, also, provides the first full portrayal of how the growing numbers of Hispanic Catholics in the U.S. are changing the Church.

 

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Assessing SpanishñEnglish Bilingual Preschoolers
Brookes Publishing
February 2012

Author(s):
Sandra Barrueco, et al

As the population of young dual language learners continues to rise, how can early childhood professionals choose culturally and linguistically appropriate assessments for Spanish-English bilingual preschoolers? They'll get expert guidance in this one-of-a-kind resource, a comprehensive roundup and analysis of 37 developmental assessments available in English and Spanish.

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Activists, Alliances, and Anti-U.S. Base Protests
Cambridge University Press
June 2011

Author(s):
Andrew Yeo
 

No other country maintains a global military presence comparable to the United States. Yet outside the United States, considerable debate exists about what this presence is about and how well it serves national and global interests. Anti-U.S. base protests, played out in parliaments and the streets of host nations, continue to arise in different parts of the world. In a novel approach fusing international relations theory with social movement perspectives, this book examines the impact of anti-base movements and the important role bilateral alliance relationships play in shaping movement outcomes. The author explains not only when and how anti-base movements matter, but also how host governments balance between domestic and international pressure on base-related issues. Drawing on interviews with activists, politicians, policy makers, and U.S. base officials in the Philippines, Japan (Okinawa), Ecuador, Italy, and South Korea, the author finds that the security and foreign policy ideas held by host government elites act as a political opportunity or barrier for anti-base movements, influencing their ability to challenge overseas U.S. basing policies.
 

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The American Dream in the 21st Century
Temple University Press
June 2011

Editor(s):
Sandra L. Hanson
John Kenneth White

The American Dream has long been a dominant theme in U.S. culture, one with enduring significance, but these are difficult times for dreamers. The editors of and contributors to The American Dream in the 21st Century examine the American Dream historically, socially, and economically and consider its intersection with politics, religion, race, gender, and generation. The conclusions presented in this short, readable volume provide both optimism for the faith that most Americans have in the possibility of achieving the American Dream and a realistic assessment of the cracks in the dream. The last presidential election offered hope, but the experts here warn about the need for better programs and policies that could make the dream a reality for a larger number of Americans.
 

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Annual Editions: Race and Ethnic Relations, 18/e
The McGraw-Hill Companies
February 2011

Author(s):
John A. Kromkowski

This Eighteenth Edition of Annual Editions: Race and Ethnic Relations provides convenient, inexpensive access to current articles selected from the best of the public press. Organizational features include: an annotated listing of selected World Wide Web sites; an annotated table of contents; a topic guide; a general introduction; brief overviews for each section; a topical index; and an instructor's resource guide with testing materials.

 

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The Speaker of the House: A Study of Leadership

Yale University Press
April 2010

Author(s):
Matthew N. Green

Matthew N. Green provides the first comprehensive analysis of how the Speaker of the House has exercised legislative leadership from 1940 to the present. Green finds that the Speaker’s party loyalty is tempered by a host of competing objectives, including reelection, passage of desired public policy laws, handling the interests of the president, and meeting the demands of the House as a whole.
 

 

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Perspectives in Social Research Methods and Analysis: A Reader for Sociology
SAGE Publications
2010

Author(s):
Howard Lune
Enrique S. Pumar
Ross Koppel

Offering accessible examples showcasing how sociologists conduct research, and comprising 22 reading from both academic journals and books, this text presents the best examples of research methodology in contemporary and classic sociology. The editors organized the readings according to the logic of a research project. Beginning with the research question, to design, data collection and analysis, to application in the world. Each section contains an introduction, serving as a mini-textbook that guides students through the steps of their own research. Discussion questions after each section further compel students to think about the lessons they have learned.

Key Features:

  • Real research selections show research in action that underscores the relevance for students
  • Completely intact articles emphasize how the research is part of the whole sociological enterprise
  • By focusing on sociology, the works strengthen the role of the methods course in the major
  • This book is intended as either a core book or a secondary text, primarily for use in research methods courses in sociology. 

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The Next Generation of Pastoral Leaders: What the Church Needs to Know
Loyola Press
March 2010

Author(s):
Dean R. Hoge
Marti R. Jewell

Based on a survey conducted by the renowned late sociologist Dr. Dean R. Hoge, The Next Generation of Pastoral Leaders provides a unique glimpse into the thinking and attitudes of Catholic young adults as it relates to pastoral ministry.

The findings contained in The Next Generation of Pastoral Leaders are essential for anyone in Catholic ministry to understand if the Church is to successfully develop both lay and ordained pastoral leaders for the future, and, more immediately, if the Church is to involve Catholic young adults in parish life and campus ministry today. 

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Beyond Sovereignty: Issues for a Global Agenda
Wadsworth Publishing
January 2010

Author(s):
Maryann Cusimano Love

Deepen your understanding of global issues with BEYOND SOVEREIGNTY: ISSUES FOR A GLOBAL AGENDA. Author Maryann Cusimano Love helps you put the subjects of today's headlines -- such as global poverty and debt, the environmental crisis, terrorism, disease, WMD proliferation, international crime, drug trafficking, and human trafficking -- into the larger context of globalization.

Throughout, the author argues that since global challenges go beyond borders, the solutions to these challenges are to be found beyond sovereignty.

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American Religious Responses to Kristallnacht
Palgrave Macmillan
July 2009

Editor(s):
Maria Mazzenga

Based on work conducted by scholars as part of a Summer Research Workshop organized by the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies/United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. in 2007, this book takes a fresh look at how American Protestants, Catholics, and Jews responded to the Nazi persecution of Jews in Germany and German-occupied territory in the 1930s.

The essays focus specifically on American religious responses to the November 9-10, 1938 anti-Jewish pogrom known as Kristallnacht. Today understood as the first act of the Holocaust because of its systematized brutality against Germany’s Jews, Kristallnacht generated a dramatic response among mainline Protestants, Catholic clerical and lay leaders, Orthodox Jews, Protestant fundamentalists, and Jewish War Veterans.

Together, the essays represent the first examination of multi-religious group responses to the beginnings of one of the pivotal moral events of the twentieth century, the Holocaust. They possess implications for the history of anti-Semitism globally and in the U.S., the history of interfaith cooperation and religious belief in America, the influence of American ideals on religious thought, and the impact of historical events on Jewish and Christian theology. 

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Weathering the Storm: Moving Catholic Schools Forward
National Catholic Educational Association
October 2009; 2nd printing 2010

Author(s):
Leonard DeFiore
John J. Convey
Merylann Schuttloffel

Weathering the Storm is a study which identifies the critical factors that face Catholic schools, particularly those in urban areas, and proposes strategies that, if employed consistently and well, will help to stabilize and reverse the downward trend in the number of Catholic schools and students nationwide.

 

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Resilient Leadership: Navigating the Hidden Chemistry of Organizations
Infinity Publishing
November 2009

Author(s):
Bob Duggan
Jim Moyer

Grow your leadership skills! Duggan & Moyer’s Resilient Leadership combines strong theory and practical application in a single package. This is a truly fresh and innovative approach!

This is the story of Mike Sampson, who is introduced to a powerful new understanding of leadership by Jacob Wolfe, an Executive Coach whose Resilient Leadership model draws on the revolutionary insights of Bowen Systems Theory. The reader will discover the “hidden chemistry” of human systems and, by following Mike Sampson’s journey, will learn what it takes to be a truly outstanding leader—not only in one’s business, but in one’s family as well. 

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Habits of a Priestly Heart

World Library Publications
November 2009

Author(s):
Eugene Hemrick

From one of today's most remarkable priests, who has devoted a great deal of his life to research and writings concerning the life of priests, comes this intuitive new book. Habits of a Priestly Heart is designed to help today’s priests better understand, accept, and live with the new and sometimes overwhelming challenges of the third millennium. Insights are given through Hemrick’s experiences with priests he has encountered throughout his own spiritual journey. These priests display a “priestly heart” that is alive and well while demonstrating habits that have brought them to a healthy and joy-filled life centered in Christ.

Topics include:
• Resisting the temptation that once a priest is ordained he is defined
• Growing in kindness and holding at bay anything that threatens it
• Keeping the contemplative edge sharp
• Embracing ongoing education and physical fitness
• Creating a new synergism of domestic and international priests, deacons, and the laity.

Hemrick’s practical wisdom will enrich the lives of all priests and help others to better understand this truly remarkable vocation.

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Engaging Young People in Civic Life
Vanderbilt University Press
July 2009

Author(s):
James Youniss (editor)
Peter Levine

The myth of generations of disengaged youth has been shattered by increases in youth turnout in the 2004, 2006, and 2008 primaries. Young Americans are responsive to effective outreach efforts, and this collection addresses how to best provide opportunities for enhancing civic learning and forming lasting civic identities.

The thirteen original essays are based on research in schools and in settings beyond the schoolyard where civic life is experienced. One focus is on programs for those schools in poor communities that tend to overlook civic education. Another chapter reports on how two city governments--Hampton, Virginia, and San Francisco-have invited youth to participate on boards and in agencies. A cluster of chapters focuses on the civic education programs in Canada and Western Europe, where, as in the United States, immigration and income inequality raise challenges to civic life.

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Swimming Against the Tide: African American Girls and Science Education
Temple University Press
December 2008

Author(s):
Sandra Hanson

Hanson examines the experiences of African American girls in science education using multiple methods of quantitative and qualitative research, including a web survey and vignette techniques. She understands the complex interaction between race and gender in the science domain and, using a multicultural and feminist framework of analysis, addresses the role of agency and resistance that encourages and sustains interest in science in African American families and communities.

 

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Catholic Social Thought: American Reflections in Light of the New Compendium

Lexington Books
November 2008

Author(s):
Donald Paul Sullins (Editor)
Anthony J. Blasi (Editor)

The essays collected and edited by Paul Sullins and Anthony Blasi represent the range of Catholic thinking on social issues in the American Church today, with discussions centered on the text of the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, which was published in the United States in March 2005.

 

 

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Catholics and Politics: The Dynamic Tension Between Faith and Power
Georgetown University Press
October 2008

Author(s):
Kristin Heyer
Mark J. Rozell
Michael Genovese

Catholic political identity and engagement defy categorization. The complexities of political realities and the human nature of such institutions as church and government often produce a more fractured reality than the pure unity depicted in doctrine. Yet, in 2003 under the leadership of then-prefect Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI), the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a "Doctrinal Note on Some Questions Regarding the Participation of Catholics in Political Life." The note explicitly asserts, "The Christian faith is an integral unity, and thus it is incoherent to isolate some particular element to the detriment of the whole of Catholic doctrine. A political commitment to a single isolated aspect of the Church's social doctrine does not exhaust one's responsibility toward the common good." Catholics and Politics takes up the political and theological significance of this "integral unity," the universal scope of Catholic concern that can make for strange political bedfellows, confound predictable voting patterns, and leave the church poised to critique narrowly partisan agendas across the spectrum.

Catholics and Politics depicts the ambivalent character of Catholics' mainstream "arrival" in the U.S. over the past forty years, integrating social scientific, historical and moral accounts of persistent tensions between faith and power. Divided into four parts—Catholics Leaders in U.S. Politics; The Catholic Public; Catholics and the Federal Government; and International Policy and the Vatican—it describes the implications of Catholic universalism for voting patterns, international policymaking, and partisan alliances. The book reveals complex intersections of Catholicism and politics and the new opportunities for influence and risks of cooptation of political power produced by these shifts. Contributors include political scientists, ethicists, and theologians. The book will be of interest to scholars in political science, religious studies, and Christian ethics and all lay Catholics interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the tensions that can exist between church doctrine and partisan politics.

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Contemplative Leadership that Creates a Culture of Continuous Improvement
National Catholic Educational Association
2008

Author(s):
Merylann J. Schuttloffel

The book introduces the integral components for creating a culture of continuous improvement within a school. Contemplative practice is the decision making model.

   

 

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Future Office
Taylor and Francis
December 2007

Author(s):
Christopher Grech (Editor)
David Walters (Editor)

Developments in IT and the resulting knowledge-based economy have challenged traditional concepts of office design, as well as many of the larger architectural and urban design models. This book examines the implications of this revolution on current urban design and identifies potential new trends in office design from an international perspective.

Six themes are addressed: IT and building infrastructure, new office/new community, organizational change, high performance building envelopes, interior environment, and value added sustainable design.

These forward-thinking essays have been contributed by practitioners and academics from a wide spectrum of interests to deliver an illuminating look into the unfolding possibilities and challenges ahead.

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Voices of The Faithful: Loyal Catholics Striving for Change
Crossroad Publishing Company
September 2007

Author(s):
William V. D'Antonio
Rev. Anthony Pogorelc

The Clergy sex abuse scandal and cover-up was to the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S. what Enron was to the financial world. Catholics felt pummeled by scandal and humiliated by the institutional corruption exposed to the public. In the face of failed leadership, a group of Catholics gathered in a church basement in Wellesley, Massachusetts, to share their experiences and search for ways to respond to the crisis. The Voice of the Faithful quickly became the most talked-about and influential new Catholic group in years.

Who were these active Catholics who found ways to make the news? Were they, as some feared, angry dissidents seeking to bring down a church and assume power for themselves? Or were they local Catholics striving to renew the church?

Voices of the Faithful presents original research on the history, religious beliefs, practices, and attitudes of this new religious group. Based on the empirical research, the authors show that VOTF members represent educated and energetic people of faith with deep roots in Catholic culture and tradition. The authors also introduce assessments of VOTF from respected historians and theologians. The remarkable findings presented in this volume make for challenging and inspiring reading for VOTF members and anyone interested in church reform.

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Religion and the Bush Presidency: The Evolving American Presidency
Palgrave Macmillan
July 2007

Editor(s):
Mark J. Rozell
Gleaves Whitney

George W. Bush has invited more analysis and controversy over the impact of religion on his presidency than perhaps any chief executive of the modern era. Opinion on Bush's religiosity is intensely divisive, with conservative evangelicals seeing him as a man of deep faith and principles and at the same time many progressives seeing the president as almost dangerously fanatical. This volume is a scholarly review and analysis of the role of religion in the Bush presidency. It is divided into two sections of essays by leading scholars: The first examines the impact of various religious voting groups to the 2004 presidential campaign. The second reviews and assesses the impact of religion on the policies of the George W. Bush presidency.

 

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Religion and the American Presidency: The Evolving American Presidency
Palgrave Macmillan Press
April 2007

Editor(s):
Mark J. Rozell
Gleaves Whitney

This volume opens a new avenue toward understanding the politics and policies of many U.S. presidents. For years, leading scholars have largely ignored the religious factor in their studies of presidents. Yet, as the essays in this book reveal, religion has had an enormous impact on many critical presidencies in U.S. history. Contrary to the conventional wisdom, these essays reveal the deeply religious side to such presidents as Truman, Eisenhower, and Reagan, among others. 

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American Catholics Today: New Realities of Their Faith and Their Church
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
March 2007

Author(s):
William V. D'Antonio
James D.Davidson
Dean R. Hoge
Mary L. Gautier

The Catholic Church has had a tumultuous recent history, in the wake of the election of a new pope and sex abuse scandals, and the views of Catholic lay people have not stood untouched. What are the effects of these events upon Catholics' beliefs? How do beliefs of older and younger generations of Catholics differ? Using key Gallup surveys from 1987 to 2005, this book reveals a rift between Catholics born before and after Vatican II and suggests that the future will find more Catholics making decisions about their own faith and fewer who are fervently committed to church life. This discussion is vital to anyone concerned with American Catholicism and its future.

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