Book Review

Roman Renewal

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

Basic Books, 2013
(291 pages, $27.95, hardcover)

reviewed by Leon J. Podles

George Weigel is not a Catholic restorationist who desires a return to some imaginary ideal period. He tries to go beyond the dichotomy of "traditionalism" and "progressivism" to discern how the Holy Spirit is giving a new form to the Catholic Church. He sees the beginning of the end of the Counter-Reformation form of Catholicism in the work of Pope Leo XIII, work which culminated in Vatican II and its call to holiness for all Christians. Weigel sees the essence of the Christian life as friendship with Jesus Christ, rooted in fidelity to revelation, . . .

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Leon J. Podles holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia and has worked as a teacher and a federal investigator. He is the author of The Church Impotent: The Feminization of Christianity and the forthcoming License to Sin (both from Spence Publishing). Dr. Podles and his wife have six children and live in Naples, Florida. He is a senior editor of Touchstone.

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