George Weigel has produced a book of profound importance that is written from the perspective of traditional Catholic values. He logically begins by examining the crisis and it's causes and effects by looking at various levels of the Church's heirachy from Parish to Diocese to Vatican. I found his argument that a "culture of dissent" helped to foster an environment that would explain the way in which the Church leadership reacted to the crisis persuasive.
His recommendations for a re-forming based in a reliance on Church tradition rather than a deconstruction of those traditions also resonated with me.
A very timely and important contribution to discussions regarding the future of the Church.
A refreshing analysis of current affairs in the Church. Written with brevity, clarity, and honesty. Not pandering to the "politicized" conservative or liberal "factions" of special interest groups within or outside the Church, he sets the picture in the framework of orthodox theology. He writes in simple language to express the complexity of the current crisis, avoiding "knee jerk" solutions. Time and again throughout the book he returns to the "bottom line": a return to fidelity is the only real reform to be made.
He charges both the laity and the episcopate to not "shy away" from their responsibility...that includes teaching and living the fullness of Truth found in the classic Catholic Tradition.
If one looks at the Church as an "Administration" a "Corporation" or even a "Denomination", then one has missed the essential truth of what the Church is, Who a Priest is, and the relationship of the faithful to each other and Christ through the Church. Mr. Weigel demonstrates the differences succinctly and incisively.
Yes, every Bishop, Cardinal and Priest should read this book as well as Seminary and Catholic University Rectors and Faculty. A very timely and thoughtful look at what can be done to "re-form" the Church if "we" only have the "courage" to try. Only the "Truth" will set us free.
To Quote his opening: "For all those who will contribute to the genuinely Catholic reform of the Church in the United States. You know who you are. Be not afraid."