Boston's Cardinal

Boston's Cardinal : Bernard Law, the Man and His Witness

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This text presents a portrait of one of the most respected and influential leaders of the Catholic Church. It provides a view of the Church in the modern world. Ever since the 1960s, when he spoke out courageously for racial justice as a young priest in Mississippi, Bernard Law has witnessed and participated in many of the struggles and events that have shaped American and Church history. An unusual childhood spent mainly in Latin America and the Caribbean prepared him for a vocation that has been marked from the beginning by outreach across racial, religious and national boundaries. A gifted writer, Law recorded his reflections in the columns, speeches, and homilies that are assembled here. The book provides insight into the man whom many consider to be the quintessential post-Vatican II bishop - and insight into the role of the Catholic hierarchy in a time of social, political and ecclesiastical turbulence. With the growing salience of religion in American public life, these writings on such topics as "being Catholic and American," the Gulf War, urban violence, Northern Ireland, relations with Cuba, welfare, and affordable housing should be of interest to all who are concerned with advancing religiously grounded moral viewpoints in a pluralistic more

Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 150.9 x 231.1 x 18.8mm | 489.89g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0739103415
  • 9780739103418
  • 2,111,559

About Romanus Cessario

Romanus Cessario, O.P. is Professor of Systematic Theology at St. John's Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts. Mary Ann Glendon is the Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard Law more

Table of contents

Advocate of the common good: religion in our civil life - at Governor Ashcroft's Prayer Breakfast 9 January 1992; on compassion - homily at Harvard's Memorial Church 23 February 1992; statement on political responsibility - with the Bishops of Massachusetts 23 October 1992; "Violence Begets Violence" - on the murder of Dr. Gunn in Pensacola, Florida 24 March 1993; "Racial Discrimination is a Sin" - remembering Mississippi's Hazel Brannon Smith 22 April 1994; "The Way is Development" - on the UN's Cairo Conference on Population and Development 12 August 1994; "A Matter of Prudential Judgment" - response to abortion clinic violence 6 January 1995; "Further Clarification is in Order" 13 January 1995; "Confronting a Culture of Violence" - statement by the Bishops of the Boston Province 15 January 1995; "A Brilliant Synthesis" - on John Paul II's "The Gospel of Life" 30 March 1995; "Very Much a Family Event" - on Independence Day 30 June 1995; "He Transformed a Racetrack into a Cathedral" - on Pope John Paul II's 1995 visit to the United States 13 October 1995; marriage not just another "life-style" - on a Domestic Partnership Bill 14 March 1996; "A Step Closer to Barbarism" - letter to President Clinton after his veto of the Partial-birth Abortion Ban Act 22 April 1996; "On Women, Celibacy and Marriage" - Viewpoint, "The Boston Sunday Globe" 14 July 1996; "The Risk of Solidarity" - the 29th Pope John XXIII Lecture at Catholic University of America Law School 20 March 1997; remembering Mother Teresa of Calcutta 5 September 1997; mission over business - on the sale of Jesuit, St. Louis University Hospital 9 October 1997; "Sad Time for Massachusetts" - on the passage of legislation to restore capital punishment 29 October 1997; "Evangelizing the Dominant Culture" - Floyd L. Begin Law Lecture at John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio 28 October 1997; "In a Room so Full of Love" - on the 25th anniversary of Roe versus Wade and of pregnancy help 16 January 1998; Irish Boston changed the face of city and nation - on wreath laying at the Irish Famine Memorial 28 June 1998; "We Thought it the Name of an African Cardinal" - on the occasion of Pope John Paul II's 20th Anniversary 16 October 1998; "Advancing the Culture of Life in the United States" - address to the Pontifical Council of the Family 23 October 1998; "God is Sovereign" - the Catholic vision of life and death 4 March 1999; "We Speak as Concerned Citizens" - statement at a hearing on the death penalty 22 March 1999; "In a Valley of Darkness" - on the Littleton, Colorado High School Shootings 25 April 1999. (part contents).show more

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Boston's Cardinal is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the recent influence of the Catholic Church in America or, for that matter, the profound relationship in our time between faith and culture. Anyone who reads this book will reap the benefit of a lesson in Catholic Church history, and also will meet one of its most distinguished prelates.--Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight, Knights of Columbus Cardinal Bernard Law is a great leader of the Catholic Church both nationally and internationally. He is a wonderful friend to the Jewish community and as this book makes very clear, he has a profound concern for the needs of every human being.....--Rabbi Samuel Chiel, Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Emanuel, Newton Bernard Francis Law, one of the most influential churchmen of his generation, has important things to say about the Catholic Church, America, ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue, and world politics at the dawn of a new millennium. Through his own words, and thanks to a fine introductory biographical essay, we meet Boston's Cardinal in a way he's not been met before and we are enriched by the encounter.--George Weigel, Author of "Witness To Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II"show more