Friday, September 23, 2016

Interview With Author Gabriel Moran

Missed Opportunities: Rethinking Catholic Tradition

1. What inspired you to write your book?
I have been involved for more than 50 years in writing on the Roman Catholic Church. I saw the need for a book addressing the massive problems now facing
that church. I am one of only a small number of people who thoroughly knows the church and its history but can also write from the perspective of the outsider.

2. What is it about?
The book is a radical program of reform that has not been presented elsewhere.
Most books on the Roman Catholic Church are either attacks from the outside that have little effect or they are books that use the intramural language of the church itself which severely limits proposals of reform. I address in a new way issues that make the headlines, such as abortion and homosexuality. But my main concern is the basis of such doctrines.

3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book?
I hope that Roman Catholics would be able to examine their church with a new awareness that major changes in church teaching are integral to the church’s long tradition. I hope that people who are not Roman Catholic may examine the good and bad features of the church with a fair and critical attitude.

4. What advice do you have for writers?
My own interest has always been a care for precision in language, especially when criticizing institutions. A writer cannot learn to do that without practicing the art of writing. Writing in the same place at the same time and for a specific amount of time each day is a help for many writers. Writing can be hard and frustrating work so one has to be prepared for receiving rejection slips.

5. Where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
On one side the bottom seems to be falling out of the industry and serious books may become scarce. Book stores are disappearing. On the other side, there is a flood of books being published by independent publishers. Technology makes publishing a book easier and cheaper than in the past. Hard cover books seem unlikely to survive; most books will exist only in electronic form. But there might still be a place for soft cover books. The problem is who or what provides a standard of quality so that the worthwhile books are not lost in a deluge of books.

6. What challenges did you have in writing your book?
I have tried to engage history in criticizing the Roman Catholic Church. An institution that is 2000 years old presents difficulties if one wishes to provide an
intelligent and fair treatment of complex issues.

7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?
The Roman Catholic Church is in its greatest crisis since the 16th century.
But an institution which has one and a half billion members is not about to disappear. So whether or not one is a Roman Catholic one should be aware that official church positions have a profound influence worldwide. My book is the one book that presents a truly radical stance for reforming the language, structure and teaching of the church.
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