10 Steps to Renew the Catholic Church

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Sociology professor Pierre Hegy analyzes Pope Francis-backed vision of Aparecida in his new book.

Before Pope Francis had a chance to take the name of the saint whose vision encouraged him to “rebuild my Church, which is in ruins,” Professor Pierre Hegy had put together research on how to renew and revitalize the Church, based on the Aparecida document, for which the new pope had been a major protagonist.

“Wake Up, Lazarus Volume II” by Pierre Hegy offers ten paths of renewal that the Catholic Church should follow to increase revitalization and participation in the Church. In the book, Hegy identifies the conclusions of the Latin American Conference of bishops of 2007, the so-called Aparecida document, as a major avenue for renewal, a proposal that is supported by the Argentine Pope Francis.

“The central vision of this book, Missionary Discipleship, corresponds to the agenda of Pope Francis. Catholicism lacks a global vision. Aparecida provides one,” Hegy said.

Hegy has studied Catholic culture for the past forty years and spent years in Latin America, where the document was created. His studies of one hundred masses and one hundred homilies as well as church culture as a whole, lead him to support change within the Church.

“Being born before WWII, I have seen considerable change in the Catholic Church while at the same time I value the stability of traditional values,” Hegy said.

“Wake Up, Lazarus Volume II”
By Perre Hegy
ISBN: 978-1-4759-9292-2
Softcover: $27.95
E-book: $3.99
Available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iUniverse.

About the author
Pierre Hegy received his Ph.D. from the University of Paris in 1972. He is an author and a professor emeritus of sociology at Adelphi University; he has been a Fulbright scholar at Taiwan National University, and he taught for two years at the Catholic University of Lima, Peru. His field of research is sociology of Catholicism in a pastoral perspective.

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