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Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church Hardcover – February 5, 2013
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A learned and lucid commentator on Catholicism [Weigel] brings a keenly developed sense of the workings of the church to his analysis. But Evangelical Catholicism is a call to arms. Though written long before Benedict made his surprise announcement, the book is nonetheless a timely guide to the issues that the cardinals in conclaveand the next popemust confront . Evangelical Catholicism may provide a desperately needed vision of the future of the church, imbued with the extraordinary hope that has always been at the heart of the Catholic faith.”
The Weekly Standard
Weigel at his best, situating our present moment within the context of the last century, and laying out an agenda for Catholic reform and mission in the future .This book deserves to be read by any serious thinking Christian.”
A serious and acute work . Weigel’s ability to combine the spiritual insights of a believer with the dispassionate analysis of a historian makes Evangelical Catholicism valuable for Catholics and non-Catholics, of all political persuasions, who care about the Church’s future.”
"An elegantly written manifesto."
National Catholic Register
[Weigel is] our greatest observer of the global Catholic Church If I could gain entrance into the conclave, I would smuggle in enough copies of Evangelical Catholicism to place one on the chair of each elector, in hopes that they would adopt this masterpiece of Catholic history and thought as a possible guide for the Church’s mission in the centuries ahead.”
A call for pride, sincerity and depth in Catholic life and community . The bulk of Weigel’s book examines how this new Catholicism can be applied to the episcopate, priesthood, liturgy, laity, etc. The author makes many important points, and his call toward a deeper spirituality and sense of mission in Catholic life is laudable.”
Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus
A rare book that can transform culture and communities from the inside out, beginning with the humble premise of evangelization: to proclaimin word and deedthe good news of Jesus Christ. No stone is unturned, no promise or issue within the Church and her members is ignored in this excellent, well-thought-out guide for reform-based evangelization.”
Mary Eberstadt, author of Adam and Eve after the Pill and The Loser Letters
Evangelical Catholicism is a remarkable intellectual and spiritual achievement, even by George Weigel’s dauntingly high standards. It is nothing less than a blueprint for the re-evangelization of the West and the re-invigoration of the rest of the world.”
John L. Allen Jr., Senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and author of The Future Church: How Ten Trends are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church
A laudable hunger to relight the Church’s missionary fires is the core of Evangelical Catholicism, but good intentions need practical blueprints if they’re going to work. George Weigel has gotten that conversation started in his typically lucid, provocative fashion, and we are all in his debt.”
Don J. Briel, Koch Chair in Catholic Studies, University of Saint Thomas
A timely, accessible and unusually insightful work.”
George Cardinal Pell, Archbishop of Sydney
Weigel at his astringent and prophetic best.”
Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York
This sparkling read puts all the old Church-labelsliberal vs. conservative, progressive vs. traditionalist, pre- vs. post-Vatican IIin the shredder. Now there is only one valid adjective for all of us: evangelical! Simply put, this means we take our baptismal promises with the utmost seriousness. Like the Samaritan woman, we’ve met a manJesuswho has changed our lives.”
Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia
George Weigel has been the leading diarist of authentic Catholic renewalits progress, detours, personalities, and hopesfor 30 years. In Evangelical Catholicism he turns his extraordinary skills to the needs of the Church in the coming decades, calling us back to the missionary vocation we received at baptism and offering us a road map to faithful, vigorous Church reform. Rich in its vision, engaging in style, on target in its counsel and invaluable for anyone trying to understand the Church and her challenges in the 21st Century, this book should not be missed.”
Mary Ann Glendon, author of The Forum and the Tower: How Scholars and Politicians have Imagined the World, from Plato to Eleanor Roosevelt
This remarkable book offers nothing less than a map and compass for men and women determined to take up the challenge of living the Catholic faith in its fullness under 21st-century conditions. With its bold call for deep reform’ in every single corner of the Church, Evangelical Catholicism is sure to provoke lively discussion. The book’s proposals for true renewal are presented with the clarity and verve that have made George Weigel a peerless advocate of the courage to be Catholic.”
Most Rev. Philip Tartaglia, Archbishop of Glasgow, Scotland
Catholics, especially bishops and priests, who are looking for an insightful and dynamic profile of the Church of the New Evangelization need to read this book soon.”
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Thank you Mr. Weigel. I read your book and discovered that I've been right where I should be all along, in Christ, and in His Church. I am Catholic after all.
George Weigel is one of my favorite Catholic essayists, political and cultural commentators. In this book he doesnt disappoint and delivers a top notch book which for a great many Catholics will become a handbook or a guiding light. Al Kresta calls the book prophetic. Another reviewer(Archbishop) called it a 'blueprint for the re-evangelization of the West'. I couldnt agree more. I see in the author, and in this book, someone who has finally wrestled with and pinned down what the abstraction 'The New Evangelization' is all about. Although George Weigel rarely mentions the term 'The New Evangelization' in his book, it is implicit within the book and synonymous with 'Evangelical Catholic/Catholicism'. And, of course, all this starts with you and me.
George gives us a bit of a rundown of 'modernism' and 'post-modernism', its anti-religion posture and how as the predominant culture it has completely pummeled 'Counter Reformation Catholicism', also known as 'Council of Trent' Catholicism, and has left the Catholic Church in a shambles dominated by 'progressive' vs. 'traditional', 'liberal' vs. 'conservative' and 'pre vs. post Vatican II' fights and discussions which are not the essential fights, as the Church should be centered on neither but 'Evangelical Catholicism'. Although I am a conservative, surprisingly true to form this book delivers and enables one to focus on the future and perhaps finally unfurl some fingers on these fights and labels and move forward on a new transcendent realignment.Read more ›
Weigel's vision of a properly executed "commitment to mission" is the thread that runs throughout the book. Part One lays out his vision for Evangelical Catholicism covering its roots (EC is not something that needs to begin but rather something that needs to continue to be implemented), what it means for the Church and the world, and what "deep reform" (note that the subtitle is not subtle) would look like.
Part Two looks at how these reforms would impact the episcopate, the priesthood, the liturgy, religious life, lay persons, Catholic intellectual life, the Church's public policy advocacy, and the papacy. Weigel is not hesitant to point out historical and current problems in each of these areas, the roots of these problems, and correctives needed. Every member of the Church is addressed and challenged here. When finished with it, lay persons may want to pass this along to a priest or religious, even if that person only has time to read the chapter dealing with his vocation, and then discuss it with him. This would be a great way to engage those with a special religious vocation.Read more ›
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As one having spent formative years in a faith tradition that was not Roman Catholic the book gave a window into the fundamentals of Roman Catholicism. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
In my opinion, every practicing Catholic and every single member of the clergy should read this book and take time thinking about it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by James H. Midgley
Excellent !!!!! Learned more about the Catholic Church. Have been Catholic all my 82 years and this book is a must read for anyone, especially mid or older people. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Leota J. Hosler
This book can serve as an effective antidote to the narrow political squabbling that has characterized many Catholic parishes since Vatican II. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Thomas H. Nash
A wonderful combination of history and how to! The blessings of how the Church has operated in the past, with a realistic look at what will help carry a saving message into the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kathleen Miller