Why I Am Still a Catholic

Why I Am Still a Catholic

by Kevin Ryan, Marilyn Ryan
     
 

What draws—and binds—thoughtful, educated people to a Church so often criticized by outsiders (and even members) as "authoritarian" or "out of step with the times?" This collection of personal accounts answers that question in diverse, fascinating, and deeply moving ways. Novelist William Kienzle discusses his years in the seminary, explaining why he

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What draws—and binds—thoughtful, educated people to a Church so often criticized by outsiders (and even members) as "authoritarian" or "out of step with the times?" This collection of personal accounts answers that question in diverse, fascinating, and deeply moving ways. Novelist William Kienzle discusses his years in the seminary, explaining why he eventually left the priesthood—but not the Church. Kathleen Howley reveals how God replaced alcohol in her life, and why the traditional Latin Mass holds so much more appeal than the folk Masses of her youth. Former baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn compares his feelings for the Church with his lifelong belief in "team loyalty." Jon Hassler vividly recalls two very different childhood friends—and the attractions of both evil and goodness. These writers, and numerous others, offer a remarkable portrait of today's Catholic Church, creating a new understanding of how its presence has endured for nearly two thousand years, and why it continues to thrive.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
At a time when rigorous devotion to traditional religious faith is challenged by generic spirituality and cafeteria-style religion, the contributors to this volume seem an anomaly. Gone are the days when intellectual Catholic Christians like Walker Percy and Allen Tate, themselves both converts, would make available for the culture at large their views reconciling Catholicism with the prevailing intellectual scene. In this volume, however, the Ryans collect essays from 24 well-known intellectuals, business people and celebrities who raise their voices to say why their Catholic faith is still the center of their lives. The contributors include literary figures like Jon Hassler and Andre Dubus, sports figures like basketball star Bob Cousy and racecar driver Mario Andretti, celebrities like Maria Shriver and businessman Thomas S. Monaghan, the founder of Domino's Pizza. The essays are delightful to read. Priest and novelist Andrew Greeley writes that, despite its rigid hierarchy, Catholicism is more fun than the rigors and hard-boiled demands of Protestantism. Former Notre Dame president Theodore Hesburgh comments on the ways that Catholicism has enlarged his intellectual life. Philosopher Michael Novak explains how reasonable a religion he thinks Catholicism is. The voices of African American Catholics, Hispanic Catholics and Catholic women are noticeably absent from this collection. Even so, the essays give a brief glimpse of the enticing nature of the Catholic faith. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573226776
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/01/1998
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

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