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The Difference God Makes: A Catholic Vision of Faith, Communion, and Culture Hardcover – October 1, 2009
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"A scholarly and spiritual collection of essays on the role of the Catholic faith in the modern world . . . from one of the most thoughtful men in the American hierarchy." Publishers Weekly
"Cardinal George's offering will inspire Christians while also offering non-Christians a renewed understanding of what a Christian lifestyle means for political and personal life today." Legatus Magazine
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George recognizes that the Catholic vision is not the same today as it was before the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s. The Catholic sense of community from cradle to grave began to come apart after the Council gave the laity a more active responsibility in the liturgy, Latin yielding to English in the Mass, and the priest facing the people, like a Protestant minister. Before that the people saw the priest's back, a graphic signal to follow him, and heard his prayers in diction-deprived Latin. American Catholics recognized each other on Fridays, choosing fish on the menu, a day when even public school cafeterias offered seafood. It was not quite a Masonic bond, but it was part of being part of something special.
The Vatican II changes brought a burst of new energy to the pews, enlivened liturgies, produced a popular kind of music and made the Mass readily accessible to laypersons.
Cardinal George addresses the wrenching of Catholic social structures, some attributed to the Council and some to a changing society. The television, movies, novels and newspapers of 2009 are radically different from those of 1960 and before. The assertion of individual rights, prerogatives and pleasures sometimes obscured the teaching of sacrifice and forgiveness presented by the church. Then came the sex scandals, leading some dioceses into bankruptcy.Read more ›
Frankly, I was disappointed in the first 3 essays or so, because i found them too accomodating to our sick culture, too willing to follow in the footsteps of Cardinal George's predecessor, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, who advocated the 'seamless garment' social justice ethic, which seemed to even out all offenses against Catholic moral theology, whereas abortion, euthanasia and other such issues are condemned as intrinsically evil, and other injustices can be unjust in certain circumstances, and are not necessarily evil in themselves.
But as the book went on,and it seems to be organized on a chronological basis, Cardinal George seems to take a 'tougher' stance against our decadent American culture. There is no doubt, that he repeats many times that there are many parts of American, and Western culture that are redeemable, because they have their roots in Christendom, but as the book goes on, he seems to become more 'realistic,' that despite the fact that biblical/Christian and enlightenment culture cooperated in making this country great for about 150 years, since World War II, the enlightenment side has been winning, to the detriment of the Judaeo-Christian ethic on which this country (from 1620) if not this nation (from 1789) is based.Read more ›
As a Catholic learned many ideas and realities of our faith and other religions and how we might how live well together.
St Augustine and Mother / St Katherine Drexel will always have a special place now in my life.
This is a treatise the church could well use for its future leadership
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Just too much work to read. For a serious student of theology as it relates to the modern world.Published 1 month ago by Godsave the king
The author, the late Cardinal George, is brilliant in his biblical perspectives to our workd of today. Read morePublished 13 months ago by richard c spada
Cardinal George's book gives his personal view of the Catholic Church in the United States. As I read through it, I became aware, once more, of how variables of background,... Read morePublished on May 22, 2011 by Rosalie E. Lecuyer
I reviewed this for Communion and Liberation's publication, Traces, but I wanted to put a plug in for the book here on Amazon. Read morePublished on November 9, 2010 by Conor B. Dugan