A Crisis of Saints: The Call to Heroic Faith in an Unheroic World

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The essays that comprise this collection offer a penetrating examination of the spiritual condition of 21st-century society and the modern Catholic Church. In a witty but soundly reasoned manner, the moral weakness that epitomizes the contemporary era is berated. Examples from the lives of figures from early and recent church history serve as parables for current cultural crises, and the voices of frustrated parishioners around the world give these situations immediacy. Each chapter vividly demonstrates that the ...

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Overview

The essays that comprise this collection offer a penetrating examination of the spiritual condition of 21st-century society and the modern Catholic Church. In a witty but soundly reasoned manner, the moral weakness that epitomizes the contemporary era is berated. Examples from the lives of figures from early and recent church history serve as parables for current cultural crises, and the voices of frustrated parishioners around the world give these situations immediacy. Each chapter vividly demonstrates that the moral dangers of post-Vatican II life are often disguised as mere alternatives rather than threats to the soul. This proposal offers an authentically Catholic way of responding to these ethical challenges and exhorts the faithful to move beyond romanticism about Vatican II and strive for lives of virtue that respond to the Church’s call for effective evangelization.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824525255
  • Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,065,898
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

George W. Rutler is the host of a weekly program on EWTN radio, a former columnist for Crisis magazine, and pastor of the Church of Our Saviour in midtown Manhattan. A convert from Anglicanism, he has written numerous books on Catholic history and lore, including Coincidentally. He lives in New York City. George Weigel is the author of 15 books including Against the Grain: Christianity and Democracy, War and Peace, The Courage to Be Catholic, and the New York Times–bestseller Witness to Hope. He is a distinguished senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC, and is regarded as one of America’s most prominent public intellectuals. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Table of Contents

Foreword George Weigel ix

Preface 1

I Catholic Truth - From Invention to Reality 5

The Guise of Reform

A Logic of the Soul

Uncontrolled Freedom

The Real Pentecost

Ichabod

II Gospel Faith - From Understanding to Knowing 37

Little Children

One Hundred and Fifty-Three

Pseudomysticism

Generosity and Intelligence

III God Our Father - From Knowing to Being Known 67

Facts and Impressions

On Metaphors

The Ghostly Father

Nature and Grace

IV Rome - From Universalism to the Church Universal 97

A Lifetime Not Enough

The Roman in Roman Catholic

Universal Rome

Imperial Provincialism

Whence Cometh Tradition?

V Sacred Liturgy - From Reform to Renewal 129

The Hard Truth

Virtual Reality

Back to the Future

When Reform Went out of Control

The People against the Populists

Mercenary, Worldly and Weak

VI Catholic Writing - Medium and Message 161

A Man with a Message

The Solemn Duty

On Putting Things into Shape

Images and Idols

Media Metaphysics

Large as Life

Index of Proper Names 197

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