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Catholic Matters: Confusion, Controversy, and the Splendor of Truth [Hardcover]

By Richard John Neuhaus (Author)
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One of American's leading theologians explains why Catholicism is more vital and important to the cultural and political life of Americans than ever before

Millions of people journeyed to Rome in April 2005 to say farewell to Pope John Paul II. As televisions beamed these images into American homes, it became undeniably clear that Catholic matters really matter, and not only to Catholics.

In Catholic Matters, Father Neuhaus addresses the many controversies that have marked recent decades of American Catholicism: the battles over the meaning of the Second Vatican Council, the "destabilizing" of the liturgy, the declining number of priests, and the sexual abuse scandals. Looking beyond these troubles to "the splendor of truth" by which the Church is constituted, he proposes a vibrant, forward-thinking way of being Catholic in America.

Drawing on his personal encounters with the late John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, Father Neuhaus describes their hope for a springtime of world evangelization, Christian unity, and Catholic renewal. Catholic Matters shows a vibrant Church--one strengthened and unified by hardship-that is on the cusp of a great revival in her spiritual vitality and an even greater contribution to our common life.

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Studio: Basic Books
Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 31, 2006
Publisher   Basic Books
ISBN  0465049354  
ISBN13  9780465049356  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Richard John Neuhaus, one of the foremost authorities on religion in the contemporary world and president of the Institute on Religion and Public Life, is the editor-in-chief of First Things. He was named one of the "25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America" by Time Magazine. His many books include Freedom for Ministry, Death on a Friday Afternoon, and As I Lay Dying. He is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York and lives in Manhattan.

Richard John Neuhaus currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York.

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Eloquently Ecclesiastic  May 15, 2008
I just finished reading this fantastic book. I love G.K. Chesterton, and indeed, this wonderful writer is a man in the line of Chesterton.

If you want a book that speaks of Eternal Truth that is lived out most fully in the Catholic Faith guiding the Church by, with, in, and through the Holy Spirit, then this book is for you. If you are searching for the meaning of Truth, or are even currently in denial that there is eternal Truth, this is the book for you.

It is the book of one man's journey home to Rome, and his most excellent insights into what led to the misinterpretation and mistaken implementation of Vatican II Reforms. Nonetheless, his book is above all, a message of Hope and Triumph that shows that the Catholic Church in America is truly on the brink of a great renewal; A renewal that in many ways is due to the Holy Spirit's work in the JPII Youth that are quickly becoming also "Benedict" Youth.

Goodness! So much to say, but this eloquent and engaging book is best seen not from a review, but from full on immersion into its adventurous and enamoring depths! "The Center Holds". !!!

Beautiful writing  May 14, 2008
Fr. Neuhaus is a beautiful writer (and speaker, if you get a chance to hear him). He's witty, and he makes his points in a memorable way. I enjoyed the book and especially liked his "The Center Holds" chapter, which argued that the real strength of the Church is at its center. Neuhaus seems to be in the center too as far as I can tell. He believes and lives what the Church teaches and doesn't stray too far left or right. This is good: my impression of the far right reaches of the Church is that there's a shortage of charity amid the zeal to safeguard orthodoxy; on the opposite end, orthodoxy gets pushed to the wayside in an effort to be contemporary and relevant. Now I don't like neoconservatism, and I've heard it said that Fr. Neuhaus is a neocon (in the book he mentions his "editor friend" Norman Podhoeretz -- a well-known neocon). Thus, while I'd probably disagree with Fr. Neuhaus on politics and foreign policy, I still think he hits the nail on the head with respect to most Church matters.
Jumps around  Jan 10, 2008
Part memoir of his early life and conversion to Catholicism, part story of the tumultuous years after Vatican II, part recollection of Pope John Paul II's death and Pope Benedict XVI's election, this book would be better if it were any one of those. As it is, each chapter seems to jump around, covering a lot of ground, but each subject is only briefly touched upon.

Fr. Neuhaus is an excellent writer and speaker and there are portions of the book that really shine, like his Rome Diary, but over all, this feels like 6 very long, separate articles from First Things that he tried to stitch together into a book, and unfortunately they don't fit together that well.
Should be titled "Catholic Blathers"  Jan 9, 2008
Another apologia from snarky theocon Reverend Neuhaus for the Church's "Command and Control" theology.
Fascinating and inspiring book on the Catholic faith  Aug 29, 2007
Richard John Neuhaus is a Catholic priest that converted from a Lutheran background. After being a Lutheran Pastor for over 30 years, he writes, with great passion, about the reasoning behind his conversion, and in doing so he also explains the basic differences between Catholicism and Protestantism, including the way to salvation.

The book covers some of the controversies of the church, including the sex scandals -albeit superficially- and dedicates a lot of time explaining the consequences of The Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican (Vatical II). I loved his explanations about The Church (capital C) and the section about the authority of the church.

The book is sprinkled with a few bible verses and interesting stories throughout the book. Catholics will find good information to strengthen their faith in the Church and others will be able to learn the main doctrines of the church and interesting historical data.

Father Neuhaus is also the editor-in-chief of "First Things", a monthly interreligious and non-partisan journal. I mention this because his writing experience is so evident on this book. I truly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it. Enjoy!

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