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Believing ScholarsTen Catholic Intellectuals$
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James L. Heft

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780823225255

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823225255.001.0001

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Liberal Catholicism Reexamined

Liberal Catholicism Reexamined

(p.134) Chapter 9 Liberal Catholicism Reexamined
Believing Scholars

Peter Steinfels

Fordham University Press

This chapter examines liberal Catholicism and its role on the life of Peter Steinfels. It argues that liberal Catholicism is, in fact, a controverted and approximate label. Its history overlaps with that of Christian Democracy, social Catholicism, and modernism. The chapter notes that liberal Catholicism was rooted in Romanticism more than in the Enlightenment. Its rebellion against the old alliance of throne and altar, and its eventual embrace of freedom of religion for all, was restorationist, not revolutionary. The chapter points out five observations of liberal Catholicism. The chapter concludes by discussing the themes of heroism, joy, and obedience.

Keywords:   liberal Catholicism, Peter Steinfels, Christian Democracy, Romanticism, Enlightenment, heroism, joy, obedience

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