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The Church's History of Injustice and Why This Priest Left - John F. Sheehy

The Church's History of Injustice and Why This Priest Left

Paperback Published: 1999
ISBN: 9780761813101
Number Of Pages: 134

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The Church's History of Injustices and Why This Priest Left grew out of the Church's role in the civil rights movement of the 1960's and outlines the Church's role in civil rights from the New Testament through the present time. John Sheehy focuses on the Catholic Church, but includes all Christian denominations, exposing not only the Church's lack of interest in the basic rights of people, but it's role as perpetuator of social injustice. Sheehy, a former priest, examines the Church's actions, finding prejudice against Jews, marriage, women, homosexuals, and others. Sheehy also examines such prominent events as the Inquisition, the Crusades, and heresy, gradually becoming distraught at the actions of the Church he served. His study brings forth a conclusion that the church is outmoded and no longer functional in any area of social justice and this caused him to decide that he could no longer serve under its auspices.

Introductionp. 1
The Early Practices of the Churchp. 5
How the Early Church Handled Heresy and Deviantsp. 11
Prejudice Toward Marriage (As Taught by Jerome, Augustine, Origen, Popes)p. 19
The Imposition of Celibacy (An Infringement on Human Rights)p. 25
The Church as a Civil Powerp. 29
The Crusades (An Abuse of Civil Rights)p. 33
The Inquisitionp. 39
The Reformation: Reduction of Rights by Catholics and Protestants - The Huguenotsp. 47
Biblical Inquiry and Human Rightsp. 53
The Use of the "Natural Law" to Continue Bondagep. 59
Slavery and the Churchp. 65
The American Indians and Christianityp. 71
Present Attitude of the Church and Women's Rightsp. 79
Homosexuality and the Church Todayp. 85
The Civil Rights Movement of the Sixties (As Seen in Muskegon, MI)p. 91
What is the Major Problem Caused by the Denial of Human Rights?p. 111
What Can the Church do to Further Human Rights? Will They?p. 117
Summary and Epilogue The Church-An Out Moded Paradigmp. 125
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ISBN: 9780761813101
ISBN-10: 0761813101
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 134
Published: 1999
Publisher: UNIV PR OF AMER
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 0.81
Weight (kg): 0.18