The Rise and Fall of Catholic Religious Orders
A Social Movement Perspective
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Patricia Wittberg, S.C. is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Indiana University, Indianpolis.
"It is a fine example of how to apply theoretical analysis to historical material in a way that sheds light on a contemporary social phenomenon. I have seen nothing in this genre with a similar respect for the complexities involved in the rise and decline of Catholic religious orders. This group—a sociological goldmine—has been largely ignored in the sociological analysis of intentional communes and communities. Wittberg's treatment is broad in scope, historically and theoretically, and should lead to further research on contemporary groups using the theoretical model presented here." — Loretta M. Morris, Loyola Marymount University
"Reduction in the numbers of religious order members has blockbuster consequences for the various missions of the Catholic Church. No one has written on this topic with the commanding scholarship exhibited by the author."— Patrick McNamara, University of New Mexico