The Courage to Be Catholic

The Courage to Be Catholic

Crisis, Reform, and the Future of the Church

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
Argues that priests' sexual scandals and their cover-up in the Catholic Church are due to secular influence and the lack of leadership and faith, and proposes a return to the Church's roots and its authoritative teachings.

Perseus Publishing
From a leading expert on American Catholic life, a bracing challenge to the Church to seize the current crisis as an opportunity to return to the core of classic Catholicism.

The Catholic Church in America is in a state of crisis. Yet few understand what the crisis really is, why it happened, or how the Church must respond to it. As no other commentator or critic has done, George Weigel situates the current crisis of sexual abuse and episcopal malfeasance in the context of recent Catholic history. With honesty and critical rigor, he reveals the Church's failure to embrace the true spiritual promise of Vatican II, a failure that has resulted in the gradual but steady surrender to liberal culture that he dubs "Catholic Lite." Drawing upon his unparalleled knowledge of how the Church works, both in America and in Rome, Weigel exposes the patterns of dissent and self-deception that became entrenched in seminaries, among priests, and ultimately among the bishops who failed their flock by thinking like managers instead of apostles. But, Weigel reminds us, in the Biblical world a "crisis" is a time of great opportunity, an invitation to deeper faith. Every great crisis of the Church's past, from the Dark Ages to the Reformation, has resulted in a period of reform that returned the Church-and its priesthood-to its roots. Weigel sets forth an agenda for genuine reform that challenges seminarians, priests, bishops, and the laity to lead more integrally Catholic lives. As he argues so persuasively, the answer to the present crisis will not be found in "Catholic Lite" but in classic Catholicism: a Catholicism that has reclaimed the wisdom of the past in order to face the corruptions of the present and create a strong future.

Book News
Weigel is a Catholic theologian, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Policy Center in Washington, D.C., and one of America's leading commentators on religion and public life. He sees the current crisis in Catholic life as an opportunity to deepen the reforms of the Catholic Church begun by the Second Vatican Council in 1962-1965, by returning to the sources of Catholic faith. He examines what today's Catholic crisis is and is not how it came about, and how the crisis might become a great moment of reform for seminaries and novitates, the priesthood, the bishops and the Vatican, and the laity. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2002
ISBN: 9780465092604
Characteristics: x, 246 p. ; 22 cm


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