Book Review

Paths of Departure

Mass Exodus: Catholic Disaffiliation in Britain and America Since Vatican II, 2nd ed. by Stephen Bullivant

Oxford University Press, 2019
(305 pages, $32.95, hardcover)

Stephen Bullivant teaches the Theology and Sociology of Religion at St. Mary's University in London. In Mass Exodus: Catholic Disaffiliation in Britain and America Since Vatican II, he examines the massive departure of Catholics from the church since Vatican II, with the implied question: Was it because of Vatican II?

In both countries, a major portion of those raised as Catholics no longer identify as Catholic: 34 percent in the United States, 44 percent in Great Britain. In Britain, such people tend to have no religion; in America, they often join . . .

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Leon J. Podles holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia and has worked as a teacher and a federal investigator. He is the author of The Church Impotent: The Feminization of Christianity and the forthcoming License to Sin (both from Spence Publishing). Dr. Podles and his wife have six children and live in Naples, Florida. He is a senior editor of Touchstone.

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