Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church

Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church

by George Weigel


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The Catholic Church is entering a new era. The curtain is coming down on the Church defined by the 16th century Counter-Reformation, and a new Catholicism is taking the stage: Evangelical Catholicism, which confronts head-on the secular hostility of the postmodern age. Drawing on a century of reforms, eminent religious scholar George Weigel shows that the Church will flourish not by adapting to the reigning culture, but rather by reshaping it. In the process, the Church must also reshape itself, by reevaluating religious orders, reinvigorating lay organizations, and demanding more of its members.

A bold challenge to Catholics everywhere, Evangelical Catholicism calls on the clergy and laity alike to unapologetically spread the Gospel and cultivate a more forceful, unwavering practice of the faith.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465027682
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 02/05/2013
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow of Washington’s Ethics and Public Policy Center, is one of the world’s leading authorities on the Catholic Church. The author of more than twenty books, including the world-renowned, two-volume biography of Pope John Paul II, Witness to Hope and The End and the Beginning, Weigel lives in North Bethesda, Maryland.

Table of Contents

Prologue: An Invitation to Evangelical Catholicism and Deep Catholic Reform

PART ONE: The Vision of Evangelical Catholicism
1. Ends and Beginnings
2. Truths and Consequences
3. Evangelical Catholicism in Profile
4. True Reform in the Church

PART TWO: The Reforms of Evangelical Catholicism
5. The Evangelical Catholic Reform of the Episcopate
6. The Evangelical Catholic Reform of the Priesthood
7. The Evangelical Catholic Reform of the Liturgy
8. The Evangelical Catholic Reform of Consecrated Life
9. The Evangelical Catholic Reform of the Lay Vocation
10. The Evangelical Catholic Reform of the Church’s Intellectual Life
11. The Evangelical Catholic Reform of the Church’s Public Policy Advocacy
12. The Evangelical Catholic Reform of the Papacy

Epilogue: Holiness and Mission
Afterword to the Paperback Edition

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“A call for pride, sincerity and depth in Catholic life and community…. The bulk of Weigel’s book examines how this new Catholicism can be applied to the episcopate, priesthood, liturgy, laity, etc. The author makes many important points, and his call toward a deeper spirituality and sense of mission in Catholic life is laudable.”

Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus
“A rare book that can transform culture and communities from the inside out, beginning with the humble premise of evangelization: to proclaim—in word and deed—the good news of Jesus Christ. No stone is unturned, no promise or issue within the Church and her members is ignored in this excellent, well-thought-out guide for reform-based evangelization.”

Mary Eberstadt, author of Adam and Eve after the Pill and The Loser Letters
Evangelical Catholicism is a remarkable intellectual and spiritual achievement, even by George Weigel’s dauntingly high standards. It is nothing less than a blueprint for the re-evangelization of the West and the re-invigoration of the rest of the world.”

John L. Allen Jr., Senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and author of The Future Church: How Ten Trends are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church
“A laudable hunger to relight the Church’s missionary fires is the core of Evangelical Catholicism, but good intentions need practical blueprints if they’re going to work. George Weigel has gotten that conversation started in his typically lucid, provocative fashion, and we are all in his debt.”

Don J. Briel, Koch Chair in Catholic Studies, University of Saint Thomas
“A timely, accessible and unusually insightful work.”

George Cardinal Pell, Archbishop of Sydney
“Weigel at his astringent and prophetic best.”

Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York
“This sparkling read puts all the old Church-labels—liberal vs. conservative, progressive vs. traditionalist, pre- vs. post-Vatican II—in the shredder. Now there is only one valid adjective for all of us: evangelical! Simply put, this means we take our baptismal promises with the utmost seriousness. Like the Samaritan woman, we’ve met a man—Jesus—who has changed our lives.”

Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia
“George Weigel has been the leading diarist of authentic Catholic renewal—its progress, detours, personalities, and hopes—for 30 years. In Evangelical Catholicism he turns his extraordinary skills to the needs of the Church in the coming decades, calling us back to the missionary vocation we received at baptism and offering us a road map to faithful, vigorous Church reform. Rich in its vision, engaging in style, on target in its counsel and invaluable for anyone trying to understand the Church and her challenges in the 21st Century, this book should not be missed.”

Mary Ann Glendon, author of The Forum and the Tower: How Scholars and Politicians have Imagined the World, from Plato to Eleanor Roosevelt
“This remarkable book offers nothing less than a map and compass for men and women determined to take up the challenge of living the Catholic faith in its fullness under 21st-century conditions. With its bold call for ‘deep reform’ in every single corner of the Church, Evangelical Catholicism is sure to provoke lively discussion. The book’s proposals for true renewal are presented with the clarity and verve that have made George Weigel a peerless advocate of the courage to be Catholic.”

Most Rev. Philip Tartaglia, Archbishop of Glasgow, Scotland
“Catholics, especially bishops and priests, who are looking for an insightful and dynamic profile of the Church of the New Evangelization need to read this book soon.”

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