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Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church Paperback – April 22, 2014
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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.”
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.”
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.”
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The author emphasizes that the process which transform the church from the counter-reformation Catholicism into Evangelical Catholicism began with Leo XIII. However more efforts are needed to complete this transition, says the Weigel.
The second part of the book is dedicated to how a future reformation ought to be done. The criteria of reformation which has been suggested by the author to any future reformation is; truth and mission. Everything should be built on Christ. And every reformation must be done to serve the mission to spread the gospel. He criticises Traditionalist and Liberal Catholics alike.
He suggests many ways to reform the Episcopate, Priesthood, Lay Vocation, Religious life, Liturgy, Intellectual life, Public engagement, and the Papacy. All the reformations which he advocates are designed to ease the Church's mission to evangelize the west.
Overall a good book, but the author's argument didn't convince me. And in my view he didn't show how the Church would combat Secularism successfully in the west. The reforms of priesthood that he proposed are excellent. Yet he asks to keep priestly celibacy even though, as he acknowledges, it's just a Latin rite position. I am surprised that keeping priest celibacy will strengthen the church position in the west, according to the author!
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.