Introduction: Stepping Up to the Plate; Part 1: The Nature of an Adult Church; 1. Prayer, Discernment, and Disagreement; 2. The Role of the Laity; 3. What Is So Important about Accountability?; 4. Accountability and the Laity; 5. Accountability and Sexual Abuse; 6. An Open Church in an Open Society; 7. Ten Steps toward a More Adult Church; Part 2: The Work of an Adult Church; 8. The Laity and the Mission of the Church; 9. An Adult Church Engages the World: The Question of Globalization; 10. An Adult Church Engages the World: The Question of Culture.
Paul Lakeland holds the Aloysius P. Kelly, S.J. Chair in Catholic Studies at Fairfield University, USA. He is the author of five books, on women's ordination, Hegel, liberation theology, and the intersections of theology with critical theory and postmodern cultural theory.
""Catholicism at the Crossroads "gives us an operating manual for a caring and intelligent church membership. Paul Lakeland invites Catholics to go deeper and to understand how an overcentralized understanding of church has stymied the spiritual maturity of many of today's lay members. His inspiring book provides an unsettling view of how passivity in the pew is hurting the church, while offering a formula for a more responsive and transformed faith community." Francis J. Butler, Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities, Inc.--Sanford Lakoff