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February 5, 2013


NRO Interview: “Evangelical Catholicism”

National Review’s Kathryn Jean Lopez interviews author George Weigel.

“Lukewarm Catholicism has no future; submitting to the transforming fire of the Holy Spirit is no longer optional,” George Weigel writes in his new book, Evangelical Catholicism. We live in a time when “religious faith, commitment to a religious community, and a religiously informed morality can no longer be taken for granted. . .  The Son of Man, coming as the Risen Lord returning in glory, would find the usual human confusion, in the midst of which he’d also find a lot of faith: some of it remarkably compelling and attractive, like the faith of a John Paul II; some of it full of sheer heroism, like the faith of persecuted Christians in Islamic lands and in China; much of it a bit catechetically unformed, despite various expressions of piety; all of it struggling against the usual enemies — the world, the flesh, and the devil. And he would find a Catholic Church leaving one phase of its history — the Church of the Counter-Reformation, in which the faith could be absorbed by osmosis from the ambient public culture and then sustained by simple, question-and-answer catechesis and devotional piety — and entering another: the Church of the New Evangelization, ‘Evangelical Catholicism,’ in which Biblically literate and sacramentally formed Catholics, who have a clear understanding of their missionary vocation as baptized persons, are offering their families, neighbors, colleagues, and fellow citizens the Gospel: friendship with Jesus Christ as the answer to the question that is every human life.”


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Sounds powerful to me

[1] Posted by aacswfl1 on 2-5-2013 at 04:34 PM · [top]

aacswfl1 - It’s a long article but worth reading.  You will see very little specifically RC doctrine under discussion - it’s more phenomenological.  He’s describing many of the same challenges facing all Christian bodies in the West today.

[2] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 2-5-2013 at 04:52 PM · [top]

We are the present day Church of Laodicea, lukewarm, spiritually naked and blind. This a remarkable interview.

[3] Posted by Pb on 2-5-2013 at 04:53 PM · [top]

Pb,

And what happened to the Laodiceans?  Right.

And will happen to 21st century Laodiceans?  Right!

Hang on to your mitre, Kate.

[4] Posted by Fr. Chip, SF on 2-5-2013 at 05:42 PM · [top]

It is pretty gross.

[5] Posted by Pb on 2-5-2013 at 06:18 PM · [top]

Anyone else notice how Weigel quotes protestants? Many of his ideas sounds similar to Evangelical Protestantism. Perhaps the Reformation is just now getting to the Roman Catholic Church? I agree with Tim+. Yep, all Christian bodies in the West face the same struggles with secular culture. Many of the ideas in this article could apply to several Christian denominations not just the RC Church.

[6] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 2-5-2013 at 06:44 PM · [top]

“a bit catechetically informed” indeed.  A lost generation its more like it.

[7] Posted by Words Matter on 2-5-2013 at 08:08 PM · [top]

Evangelical Catholicism sounds good to me!

[8] Posted by Ann Castro on 2-5-2013 at 10:02 PM · [top]

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