The Truth of Catholicism: Ten Controversies Explored

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Gracewing Publishing, 2002 - 196 pages
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The Catholic Church may be the most controversial institution in the world. Whether the question is the uniqueness of Jesus Christ, the relationship of Catholicism to other religious communities, the meaning of freedom, the use and abuse of sex, the dignity of human life from conception until natural death, or the role of women, the Catholic Church has taken challenging positions that some find inexplicable, even cruel.In The Truth of Catholicism, George Weigel, author of Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II, explores these perennial questions and more, showing Catholicism and its controversies from inside the convictions that make those controversies not only possible but necessary. The truths of Catholicism then come into clearer focus as affirmations and celebrations of human life and human love, even as they challenge us to imagine a daring future for humanity and for ourselves.
  

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A widely published lay Catholic commentator on religion and public life and a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Weigel (Witness to Hope: The Biography of John Paul II) describes ... Read full review

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A weighty subject that is handled expertly by Weigel, this should be a must read for all Catholics, as well as those who oppose the church. You'll see things in a fresh light that will only deepen your faith. Read full review

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Contents

An Invitation to Come Inside
1
Is Jesus the Only Savior? CHRIST AND THE CONQUEST OF OUR FEARS
5
The Two Things Jesus Reveals
7
Getting the Story Straight
10
An Outrage?
13
Living Beyond Fear
16
Does Belief in God Demean Us? LIBERATION AND THE GOD OF ABRAHAM ISAAC JACOB AND JESUS
19
Rumors of Angels
23
How Should We Love? CELEBRATING THE GIFT OF SEX
92
What Sex Teaches Us About Ourselves
95
What Sex Teaches Us About God
98
Is It Just Too Much?
103
Engaging the Issues
104
Why Do We Suffer? REDEEMING THE WORLD AND ITS PAIN
112
No Accidents
115
Redemptive Suffering
117

God Fatherhood and Mercy
27
The Trinity
29
God Beyond Spirituality
32
Liberal Church? Conservative Church? WHY CATHOLICISM IS NOT A DENOMINATION AND WHAT THAT MEANS
35
The Church as a Communion
40
Called and Sent
43
Formed in the Image of Mary
45
Archaeology Teaches a Lesson
47
Liberating Doctrine
50
Where Do We Find the Real World? LITURGY AND THE EXTRAORDINARY ORDINARY
53
Shining from Shook Foil
56
Gods Work
59
The Priest as Icon
65
Prayer and Gods Thirst for Us
69
How Should We Live? THE MORAL LIFE AND THE LAWS THAT LIBERATE
72
Fitness for Beatitude
76
Freedom for Excellence
77
The Law That Liberates
80
Conscience and the Primacy of Truth
83
But What About Compassion?
87
A Word About Confession
89
Weakness and Strength
120
The Vocation of Suffering
123
The Final Act
125
What About the Rest of the World? OTHER CHRISTIANS OTHER RELIGIONS
127
Christ Creates Unity
131
A Divinely Mandated Entanglement
137
Who Is Saved? How?
143
Why Bother with Missions?
146
Is Catholicism Safe for Democracy? LIVING FREEDOM FOR EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC
150
Making Democrats
154
The Foundations of the House of Freedom
157
Abortion and Euthanasia
161
What Will Become of Us? SAINTS AND THE HUMAN FUTURE
168
St Everyone
171
Prime Numbers and the Rest of Us
174
Miracles and Modernity
177
A Choice of Worlds
179
Notes
181
Acknowledgments
195
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About the author (2002)

George Weigel is a Catholic theologian. Weigel was educated at St. Mary's Seminary College in Baltimore, Maryland and at the University of St. Michael's College in Toronto, Canada. Weigel moved to Seattle where he was Assistant Professor of Theology and Assistant (later Acting) Dean of Studies at the St. Thomas Seminary School of Theology in Kenmore. In 1977, he became Scholar-in-Residence at the World Without War Council of Greater Seattle. In 1984-85 he was a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. Weigel is the author or editor of a number of books including Tranquillitas Ordinis: The Present Failure and Future Promise of American Catholic Thought on War and Peace (Oxford University Press, 1987); The Final Revolution: The Resistance Church and the Collapse of Communism (Oxford, 1992); The Truth of Catholicism: Ten Controversies Explored (HarperCollins, 2001); The Courage To Be Catholic: Crisis, Reform, and the Future of the Church (Basic Books, 2002); God's Choice: Pope Benedict XVI and the Future of the Catholic Church (HarperCollins, 2005); Faith, Reason, and the War Against Jihadism (Doubleday, 2007); and Against the Grain: Christianity and Democracy, War and Peace (Crossroad, 2008). His scholarly work and his journalism are regularly translated into the major European languages. Weigel has been awarded ten honorary doctorates, the papal cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, and the Gloria Artis Gold Medal by the Republic of Poland. George Weigel and his wife live in North Bethesda, Maryland.

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