Torture and Eucharist: Theology, Politics, and the Body of Christ
February 2007, Wiley-Blackwell
Part I: Torture and Disappearance as an Ecclesiological Problem:.
1. Torture as Liturgy.
2. Torture and Fragmentation.
3. The Striptease of Power.
4. Habeas Corpus.
Part II: The Church Learns How to be Oppressed:.
5. Christians for Socialism.
6."Torture Isn't Everything".
7. The Stubborn Monkey.
8. "I Am Jesus, Whom You Are Persecuting".
9. The Church as Russia.
Part III: The Ecclesiology of a Disappearing Church:.
10. An Amiable Divorce.
11. The Rise of "Social Catholicism".
12. Catholic Action in Chile.
Part IV: A Distinction of Planes:.
13. Maritain Among Us.
14. The Minimum of Body.
15. New Christendom.
16. The Disappearance of the Church.
17. The End of the Story.
Part V: The True Body of Christ:.
18. The Mystical and the True.
19. Until He Comes.
20. Re-membering Christ.
21. Making the Body Visible.
Part VI: Performing the Body of Christ:.
22. "But Father, Look at This Body".
23. Knitting the Social Fabric.
24. Mysterious Channels.
25. Torture and Eucharist.
- Ties together eucharistic theology with concrete eucharistic practice
- Includes interviews with ecclesiastical officials and grassroots Church workers in Chile.
"This is a very important book. It should be mandatory reading
for anybody concerned with the issue of torture, and will be of
vital interest to all those of us involved in Amnesty International
and human rights organisations. It has an appeal and a significance
far beyond the classroom. Though it is much more theological than
Helen Prejean, in its narrative power it has some affinities with
Dead Man Walking and will likewise speak to those outside
the church." T. J. Gorringe, University of St Andrews
"Torture and Eucharist not only has superb qualities as a
textbook, but is an outstanding piece of creative ecclesiology.
Drawing on the work of scholars such as Milbank, Hauerwas,
MacIntryre and Lindbeck, Cavanaugh moves ecclesiology out of the
realm of the abstract ands ideal into the real world where the
Christian Church must struggle to witness to the gospel. In doing
so he shifts the Church into a new and much more exciting area of
inquiry" Nicholas Healy, St Johns University, New York
"Cavanaugh's achievement is remarkable: profound theology linked
with interviews and close social analysis, stimulating argument,
and a tight yet imaginative writing style. The book deserves a wide
audience." L. Gregory Jone The Divinity School, Duke
"Why read such a book?....Here is authentic background
information relating to the possible extradition and further trial
of General Pinochet.....Here is reflection on the church's
theological temptation to separate soul from body, spiritual from
political."Eleanor Kreider, lecturer in Worship and liturgy, RPC
"The author... offers an elegantly written reflection on Church,
Eucharist, and the politics within the context of the Pinochet
regime following the overthrow of Allende in Chile."First
"This is theology made flesh in the story of Pinochet's
Chile....I greatly acknowledge that it is a great measure of the
success of the book that it causes such unease."Peter Cornwell,
"His analysis is a closely disciplined, well informed study of
the self-discernment and conduct of the Roman Catholic Church under
the Pinochet regime in Chile...I found this a hard read, but
breath-taking. I have not read anything in a long time that so
moved, so disturbed, and so educated." Walter Brueggeman,
Columbia Theological Seminary, Theology Today
"...the book has broadened my understanding of the theo-politics
of torture. Those who are working against the practice of torture
will benefit from reading this well-written book." Eleazar S.
Fernandez, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in
Religious Studies Review
"Cavanaugh's book combines narrative and argument, is
beautifully written and presents us with a creative ecclesiology."
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