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Craig T. Maier is assistant professor in the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University.
AcknowledgementsForeword: Rhetoric in the Catholic Church by Paul A. Soukup, S.J.Introduction: The American Diocese in “Dark Times”Part I: The Call of a Catholic MomentChapter One: The Rhetorical Challenge of Ecclesial LeadershipChapter Two: Framing Diocesan Institutional RhetoricChapter Three: The Corporate Historical Responsibility of Ecclesial LeadershipPart II: The Response of Ecclesial LeadershipChapter Four: The Historicity of a Catholic MomentChapter Five: Chapter Five: Diocesan Institutional Rhetoric and Administrative PlayChapter Six: The Joy of Ecclesial LeadershipConclusion: Diocesan Institutional Rhetoric and the Culture of EncounterReferencesIndexAbout the Author
Communicating Catholicism: Rhetoric, Ecclesial Leadership, and the Future of the American Roman Catholic Diocese is an extraordinary, definitive, and comprehensive work that adheres to rigorous standards of scholarship and is an impressive, seminal contribution that is very highly recommended for seminary and academic library collections in general, and Roman Catholic Church supplemental studies reading lists in particular.
— Midwest Book Review
Through an American lens, Maier examines the Church’s unique position of fulfilling an unchanging supernatural commission of world-wide evangelization, in a constantly changing natural world.... In the case studies, Maier dissects each event and offers a critique and analysis of what went wrong and what went right.... Any diocesan communicator will be able to identify with these situations and perhaps be inspired to consider adopting a new, ongoing strategy of sophisticated diocesan institutional rhetoric, to prepare for the next ‘crisis’, which will soon come.
— Church, Communication and Culture
• Winner, Religious Communication Association Book of the Year (2017)