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Unruly Catholics from Dante to Madonna: Faith, Heresy, and Politics in Cultural Studies.

Unruly Catholics from Dante to Madonna: Faith, Heresy, and Politics in Cultural Studies

Marc DiPaolo, editor (Scarecrow Press, 2013, 180 pp)

Unruly Catholics explores dissent by juxtaposing the notion of the heretical in different eras. The chapter titled "Dante: Cafeteria Catholic?" is a compelling meditation on the 14th-century poet who criticized the hierarchy's tendency to use its power for political purposes--one of the reasons why Dante sent fewer popes to Paradise than to other locales. A later chapter sheds light on other struggles with hierarchies through the Godfather trilogy and Star Wars, concluding: "Virtues are not enough in themselves to grant a moral authority to make decisions for others."

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Date:Sep 22, 2014
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