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Readings in Catholicism

As a companion to the seminars and discussions taking place on campus during this first year of BC's Church in the 21st Century initiative, the advisory subcommittees—made up of faculty, administrators, and students—assembled book lists related to their respective focuses. What follows are selected titles.


Virtual Faith: The Irreverent Spiritual Quest of Generation X
. By Tom Beaudoin (Jossey-Bass, 1998, 240 pp.)

Religious Education at a Crossroads: Moving on in the Freedom of the Spirit. By Francoise Darcy-Berube (Paulist Press, 1995, 176 pp.)

Educating for Life: A Spiritual Vision for Every Teacher and Parent. By Thomas H. Groome (T. More, 1998, 472 pp.)

Horizons & Hopes: The Future of Religious Education. By Thomas H. Groome and Harold Daly Horell (Paulist Press, 2003, 135 pp.)

Tell Me Why: A Father Answers His Daughter's Questions About God. By Michael and Jana Novak (Pocket Books, 1998, 320 pp.)


New Ecclesial Ministry: Lay Professionals Serving the Church. By Zeni Fox (Sheed & Ward, 1997, 280 pp.)

Ministry: Lay Ministry in the Roman Catholic Church: Its History and Theology. By Kenan B. Osborne (Paulist Press, 1993, 730 pp.)


Faith Beyond Resentment: Fragments Catholic and Gay. By James Alison (Crossroad, 2001, 256 pp.)

Sexual Ethics and the New Testament: Behavior and Belief. By Raymond F. Collins (Crossroad, 2000, 216 pp.)

The Vatican and Homosexuality: Reactions to the "Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons." Edited by Jeannine Gramick and Pat Furey (Crossroad, 1988, 320 pp.)

Marriage and the Catholic Church: Disputed Questions. By Michael G. Lawler (Liturgical Press, 2002, 248 pp.)

Sexuality, Marriage, and Family: Readings in the Catholic Tradition. Edited by Paulinus Ikechukwu Odozor (University of Notre Dame Press, 2001, 511 pp.)

Embracing Sexuality: Authority and Experience in the Catholic Church. Edited by Joseph A. Selling (Ashgate, 2001, 208 pp.)


The Diary of a Country Priest. By Georges Bernanos (1937; Carroll & Graf, 2002, 304 pp.)

All Saints: Daily Reflections on Saints, Prophets, and Witnesses for Our Time. By Robert Ellsberg (Crossroad, 1997, 577 pp.)

Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander. By Thomas Merton (1966; Doubleday, 1976, 360 pp.)

The Seven Storey Mountain: An Autobiography of Faith. By Thomas Merton (1948; Harvest Books, 1999, 467 pp.)

The Divine Milieu. By Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1957; HarperCollins, 2001, 192 pp.)

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