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Practicing Catholic
Practicing Catholic

Practicing Catholic

Essays Historical, Literary, Sporting, and Elegaic


312 Pages, 6 x 9

Trade Paper, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $26.95)

Publication Date: November 2012

ISBN 9780824500221

Rights: US & CA

The Crossroad Publishing Company (Nov 2012)

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A thorough examination of contemporary faith issues

A series of reflections by a master essayist and scholar, these pieces by prominent Catholic commentator George Weigel examine the conflict between secular America and the Catholic faith. This thought-provoking collection provides insight on the origins of today’s controversial issues and assaults on religious liberty and explore topics such as the Second Vatican Council; the work of John Courtney Murray; where the 60s went wrong; Evelyn Waugh; baseball; and the careers of John Paul II, H.L. Mencken, Leszek Kolakowski, Henry Hyde, and Richard John Neuhaus, among others.


"George Weigel's range and intelligence is wonderful, full of urgency, romance, and wickedly pungent wit. Read and enjoy."  —R. R. Reno, editor, First Things

“Weigel is one of the great writers of our time, a master of the essay. With sharp and elegant prose, he plumbs the profundities of subjects as diverse as baseball and Vatican II, and he takes the measure of some of the great men of the age. These essays are a joy to read, and they enrich both mind and heart.”  —Mark Henrie, chief academic officer, Intercollegiate Studies Institute

“If Titian could handle a brush and Haydn had an ear for music, then one corollary is that Weigel knows how to write. These essays are of historical importance and someday the same thing will be said of their author.”  —Rev. George Rutler, Eternal Word Television Network

Author Biography

George Weigel is the Vatican analyst for NBC News. He is the author of numerous books, including Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II, and his weekly column, “The Catholic Difference,” is syndicated to 60 newspapers around the United States. He has been awarded 10 honorary doctorates, the papal cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, and the Gloria Artis Gold Medal by the Republic of Poland. He lives in North Bethesda, Maryland.