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Engaging Society IIOrder Here

Engaging Society II: Musings of an Oxymoron

By John J. Carroll, SJ
Paperback – 2014
Ateneo de Manila University Press

Fr. John J. Carroll, S.J., writes both as a priest and as a social scientist, in full awareness of the problems that may crop up when two such potentially contradictory roles are combined.  But he unfailingly weaves then into one another with rigor and grace.  He is an intellectual warrior in a battle zone, and offers no apologies for going beyond mere observation and academic analysis.  These articles are elegantly wrought in anger, compassion, and courage—in the true tradition of that maverick sociologist, C. Wright Mills.

—Randy David
Emeritus Professor of Sociology
University of the Philippines

Becoming a Church of the PoorOrder Here

Becoming a Church of the Poor: Philippine Catholicism after the Second Plenary Council

Edited by Eleanor R. Dionisio
Paperback – 2011
Ateneo de Manila University Press

Some of these essays show that the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines has grown in her engagement with pressing and persistent problems of the nation. Others show that her laity, religious, clergy, and bishops have much to learn—and may always have much to learn—about how to speak her moral truths to a democratic secular society, and how to equilibrate her mission of speaking moral truths and her mission of speaking with the entire Body of Christ, including its most neglected and least articulate members. But the twenty-five years after Vatican II, and the twenty more years after PCP II, have also shown that there are quite a few in the Church who are willing to learn. The breath of the Holy Spirit blows ever through the Church, continually transforming her even in her least receptive moments. That is the mystery of grace.

—From the Introduction by Eleanor R. Dionisio

 Engaging Society IOrder Here

Engaging Society: The Sociologist in a War Zone

By John J. Carroll, SJ
Paperback – 2006
Ateneo de Manila University Press

This book of selected writings lays out the evolution of Fr. Carroll’s thinking on Philippine social structure and societal change over forty years of active research, writing, and sharing poor people’s lives. Applying sociological theory to the analysis of everyday social and political events, Carroll challenges the Catholic Church, elites, civil society, and grassroots groups to attack and rectify the appalling imbalance of power and benefits in Philippine society. Fighting this battle – his War Zone – and winning it will help transform Philippine society from one whose elites control a political economy sustained by power and guns into one that upholds and defends equality, access, and participation for all.

—From the Foreword by Mary Racelis