Practicing Catholic: Essays Historical, Literary, Sporting, and Elegaic

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A series of reflections by a master essayist and scholar, these pieces by prominent Catholic commentator George Weigel examine the conflict between secular America and the Catholic faith. This thought-provoking collection provides insight on the origins of today’s controversial issues and assaults on religious liberty and explore topics such as the Second Vatican Council; the work of John Courtney Murray; where the 60s went wrong; Evelyn Waugh; baseball; and the careers of John Paul II, H.L. Mencken, Leszek ...

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Overview

A series of reflections by a master essayist and scholar, these pieces by prominent Catholic commentator George Weigel examine the conflict between secular America and the Catholic faith. This thought-provoking collection provides insight on the origins of today’s controversial issues and assaults on religious liberty and explore topics such as the Second Vatican Council; the work of John Courtney Murray; where the 60s went wrong; Evelyn Waugh; baseball; and the careers of John Paul II, H.L. Mencken, Leszek Kolakowski, Henry Hyde, and Richard John Neuhaus, among others.

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"George Weigel's range and intelligence is wonderful, full of urgency, romance, and wickedly pungent wit. Read and enjoy."  —R. R. Reno, editor, First Things

“Weigel is one of the great writers of our time, a master of the essay. With sharp and elegant prose, he plumbs the profundities of subjects as diverse as baseball and Vatican II, and he takes the measure of some of the great men of the age. These essays are a joy to read, and they enrich both mind and heart.”  —Mark Henrie, chief academic officer, Intercollegiate Studies Institute

“If Titian could handle a brush and Haydn had an ear for music, then one corollary is that Weigel knows how to write. These essays are of historical importance and someday the same thing will be said of their author.”  —Rev. George Rutler, Eternal Word Television Network

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824500221
  • Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

George Weigel is the Vatican analyst for NBC News. He is the author of numerous books, including Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II, and his weekly column, “The Catholic Difference,” is syndicated to 60 newspapers around the United States. He has been awarded 10 honorary doctorates, the papal cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, and the Gloria Artis Gold Medal by the Republic of Poland. He lives in North Bethesda, Maryland.
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Table of Contents

Practicing Catholic: Essaying on Almost Everything vii

Part I In Our Times

The Sixties, Again and Again and Again 3

Scoundrel Time 26

Truths Still Held? John Courtney Murray's "American Proposition," Fifty Years On 43

Rescuing Gaudium et Spes: The New Humanism of John Paul II 66

Blair, Benedict, and Britain 84

Pope Benedict XVI and the Future of the West 102

Part II Men of Letters

St. Evelyn Waugh 121

Making Sense of H. L. Mencken 139

The Unjustly Unremembered Paul Horgan 163

Part III Catholics in These United States

The American Catholic Story, Contested 173

U.S. Catholics as They Were and Are 191

The End of the Bernardin Era 208

Part IV The Sporting Life

Baseball: Then and Now and Whenever 227

John Unitas vs. the Klingons 246

Part V Remembrance

Pope John Paul II (1920-2005) 259

Henry J. Hyde (1924-2007) 264

Aaron Jean-Marie Cardinal Lustiger, 1926-2007 271

Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J. (1918-2008) 275

Richard John Neuhaus (1936-2009) 280

Leszek Kolakowski (1927-2009) 286

Robert Charles Susil (1974-2010) 290

Acknowledgments 293

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