George Weigel, a Roman Catholic theologian and one of America's leading commentators on religion and public life, is the author of the acclaimed The Courage to Be Catholic, the international bestseller,Witness to Hope: The Biography of John Paul II, and numerous other books that include The Truth of Catholicism and The Final Revolution. Now a Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., where he holds the John M. Olin Chair in Religion and American Democracy, Weigel writes a weekly column, "The Catholic Difference," that is syndicated to more than forty newspapers around the United States. He is an NBC consultant on the Vatican and appears regularly on network and cable television programs as well as national and local radio. Weigel lives with his wife and their three children in North Bethesda, Maryland.
America's leading commentator on religion and author of the best-selling Witness to Hope, Weigel here offers a collection of 14 beautifully written chapters describing internationally known Catholic sites with accompanying catechetical instruction. Thus, "Letter Two" (as the chapters are labeled) chronicles the archaeological discovery beneath St. Peter's Basilica during the reign of Pope Pius XII. With attention to historical detail and reliance on primary sources, Weigel writes a vivid account of actual events as they unfolded, namely, the finding of the physical remains of the Apostle Peter. Never leaving the reader with a mere travelog, he subtly introduces salient theological issues, catching the reader at a moment of receptivity. The theological issue considered in the gritty graveyard under St. Peter's is that human failure and physical death are never the final word. Other sites Weigel visits include the Church of the Holy Sephulchre in Jerusalem, the Sistine Chapel, and Chartres Cathedral. A passionate, accessible, and intelligent work on how to live, believe, and see things as a Catholic, this book will be a source of inspiration for readers young and old. Recommended for public libraries.-John-Leonard Berg, Univ. of Wisconsin Lib., Platteville Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.