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Steinfels's compilation exudes the spirit of James Joyce's adage that 'Catholicism means 'here comes everybody,'' celebrating the diversity within American Catholicism's already distinctive presence. Steinfels' contributors demonstrate the various ways in which faith, sometimes tenuously and other times with astonishing confidence, continues to move Catholics into American public life. (National Catholic Reporter)
An intense, wide-ranging, and engaging conversation about the complexities of American Catholic civic engagement, one deeply grounded in historical and contemporary research data. Especially effective are the ten brief autobiographies, which both challenge and illuminate the claims made by the authors elsewhere in the volume. An especially timely collection of essays. Recommended. (Choice Magazine)
It is far richer and more instructive than anything you're likely to read on the op-ed page or see on cable talk shows. (Commonweal)
Timely, informative reading for all thinking Catholics! (America)
... should be read by clergy, educators, and administrators who try to instill the values and principles of their Catholic faith into the people they are leading. (St. Anthony's Messenger)
A worthwhile and informative book, which should prompt Catholics to consider anew the intersections—or lack thereof—between faith and citizenship. (America)
About the Author
Margaret O'Brien Steinfels served as Commonweal's editor from 1988 to 2002 and as co-director of American Catholics in the Public Square project. Peter Steinfels writes the 'Beliefs' column for the New York Times and is the author of A People Adrift: The Crisis of Roman Catholicism in America (2003).