Evangelical Catholicism

Evangelical Catholicism

Deep Reform in the 21st-century Church

Book - 2013
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The Catholic Church is on the threshold of a bold new era in its two-thousand year history. As the curtain comes down on the Church defined by the 16th-century Counter-Reformation, the curtain is rising on the Evangelical Catholicism of the third millennium: a way of being Catholic that comes from over a century of Catholic reform; a mission-centered renewal honed by the Second Vatican Council and given compelling expression by Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.

The Gospel-centered Evangelical Catholicism of the future will send all the people of the Church into mission territory every day--a territory increasingly defined in the West by spiritual boredom and aggressive secularism. Confronting both these cultural challenges and the shadows cast by recent Catholic history, Evangelical Catholicism unapologetically proclaims the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the truth of the world. It also molds disciples who witness to faith, hope, and love by the quality of their lives and the nobility of their aspirations. Thus the Catholicism of the 21st-century and beyond will be a culture-forming counterculture, offering all men and women of good will a deeply humane alternative to the soul-stifling self-absorption of postmodernity.

Drawing on thirty years of experience throughout the Catholic world, from its humblest parishes to its highest levels of authority, George Weigel proposes a deepening of faith-based and mission-driven Catholic reform that touches every facet of Catholic life--from the episcopate and the papacy to the priesthood and the consecrated life; from the renewal of the lay vocation in the world to the redefinition of the Church's engagement with public life; from the liturgy to the Church's intellectual life. Lay Catholics and clergy alike should welcome the challenge of this unique moment in the Church's history, Weigel urges. Mediocrity is not an option, and all Catholics, no matter what their station in life, are called to live the evangelical vocation into which they were baptized: without compromise, but with the joy, courage, and confidence that comes from living this side of the Resurrection.

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2013
ISBN: 9780465027682
Branch Call Number: Philosophy & Religion 282.09 Wei


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Apr 29, 2014

The popular media loves to present the Catholic Church as currently engaged in a struggle between Left and Right (à la U.S. partisan politics). For example, Pope Francis is presented as a reformer who will hopefully bring the archaic Church in line with enlightened secular thinking. John Paul II and Benedict are viewed as “conservatives” who desperately tried to turn back the “liberal” tide of Vatican II. George Weigle's book will greatly disappoint all those who wish to cling to these misconceptions, but I highly recommend reading it for anyone who sincerely wants to get an accurate view of where the Catholic Church is going in the 21st century and what it has to offer to the world. Weigle is a Catholic intellectual and the book is not an easy read; however, the second half of the book is easier to follow and will be of particular interest to Catholics who wish to understand their role in the modern Church.


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