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Mass ExodusCatholic Disaffiliation in Britain and America since Vatican II$
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Stephen Bullivant

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198837947

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198837947.001.0001

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Unto the Third and Fourth Generations

Unto the Third and Fourth Generations

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Mass Exodus

Stephen Bullivant

Oxford University Press

In January 2002, the Boston Globe’s ‘Spotlight’ team began what would become a series of over 600 reports into sexual abuse and cover-up within the Catholic Church. The cumulative effect of ongoing revelations—reignited in 2018—on Catholic practice and retention is discussed here in light of empirical data and the theoretical idea of Credibility Undermining Displays (or CRUDs). Also covered in this chapter are issues relating to intergenerational transmission, the rise of the internet and social media, the rise of the ‘nones’, the phenomenon of ‘liminal nones’, and the chasm between traditional Christian moral teachings and contemporary social mores (especially in relation to LGBT issues).

Keywords:   Boston Globe, Spotlight, sexual abuse, credibility undermining displays, CRUDs, intergenerational transmission, liminal nones, social media, LGBT, Rod Dreher

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