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The Truth of Catholicism: Inside the Essential Teachings and Controversies of the Church Today

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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 p

Paperback, 208 pages
Published November 5th 2002 by Harper Perennial (first published 2001)
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Nov 26, 2010 Pamela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though I have personally debated with the practices of the Catholic faith; there is an element to truth, in their teachings. The problem is spirituality and who really has the authority to forgive sin. To name a few issues that I have in accepting them as Christians which means to be in Christ likeness and has no relationship to rituals and faith in Mary or even the Pope, but equal in responsibility for spreading truths to the people of the earth is for everyone. There has never been a ...more
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A Romantic view of Catholicism written in a propagandist style.
Sep 11, 2015 Xerodog rated it really liked it
The author puts forth a rational set of arguments if the reader is willing to accept his starting points. I read the iBook edition and could not find when it was first published, though frequent reference to Pope John Paul II and mention of (then) Cardinal Ratzinger dates its pretty well.
Near the end of the book Weigel distinguishes between a life of middling happiness with a minimum of pain sought by many secularists and contrasts it with the call to heroism and discernment demanded of believer
Jan 07, 2011 Conor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
George Weigel has written a little masterpiece here. The Truth of Catholicism is a gem with a simple premise: accept an invitation to examine Catholicism from the inside and one might likely end up staying. Like Witness to Hope his, authoritative biography of Pope John Paul II where Weigel successfully attempted to understand the Pope from the inside, Weigel here looks at the central principles and beliefs of Catholicism and how these radiate outwards to create a cohesive and compelling ...more
May 08, 2014 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was not bad, but it didn't answer the questions I wanted. A lot of it is a basic answering of Christian principle and the specifically Catholic parts were fairly superficial. (Not the "controversies" advertised.) In addition, he used several examples that he never really explained (eg, "icons" and the idea of becoming good enough to live in heaven with God.) I want more of a comparison of Catholicism to other kinds of Christianity - transubstantiation, purgatory, etc. Any suggestions?
May 01, 2012 Kristin rated it it was ok
Shelves: spiritual-growth
This book was the last reading assignment of the program, for the final course, "Catholic Identity." This text was supposed to wrap up the past couple of years' study and answer any unresolved questions. However, it mostly seemed to give a generalized, conservative overview of the most controversial topics in our faith, to the point of seeming like Catholic propaganda at times. The sections on other faith traditions and Catholicism and democracy were somewhat worthwhile to me.
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May 25, 2013 Hunter Shea rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 26, 2010 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Weigel provides some excellant defences to current relgious controverises. This book seems geared more for active Catholics, rather than those inquiring into the Church.
Sep 18, 2013 Kate rated it it was amazing
Shelves: need-to-own
Lovely, succinct explanations of key questions people have about the Catholic Church. A great book to own, study, and understand.
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Decent read that provides some broad insights into the Catholic faith. Appreciated the author's knowledge and references to past Encyclicals.
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American author and political and social activist. Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Weigel was the Founding President of the James Madison Foundation.

Each summer, Weigel and several other Catholic intellectuals from the United States, Poland, and across Europe conduct the Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society in Krakow, in which they and an assortment of
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