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

Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century ChurchEvangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church by George Weigel
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I have to admit to failure. I only managed to make it one third of the way through this book before I decided I needed to stop for the sake of my own sanity!

Evangelical Catholicism, as described by George Weigel, and despite his constant protestations to the contrary, bears a remarkable likeness to the more traditionalist approach to Catholicism that Weigel seems to wish to suggest is of no benefit to the future of the Church. Although he started well, and his bold opening strokes certainly captured my attention, it soon becomes clear – at least to this reader – that the kind of Catholicism Weigel wishes to champion is not the kind of Catholicism that this reader is interested in participating in.

Weigel may well say I’m stuck in a Counter-Reformation model of Catholicism because I choose not to embrace the model he proposes. If that is the case, so be it. The model he presents does not, again in my opinion, provide a sufficiently plausible option that would move me from the model of Catholicism that I currently embrace.

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