Remembering an Exceptional Man: Cardinal Francis George, by Francis X. Maier

“C’mon, Ring Those Bells!”, by John M. Grondelski
February 2, 2023
Cardinal McElroy’s Grand Deception, by Larry Chapp
February 2, 2023

*Image: Cardinal Francis George on the cover of Heinlein’s Glorifying Christ.

By Francis X. Maier, The Catholic Thing, Feb. 2, 2023

Francis X. Maier is a senior fellow in Catholic studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.


There are a couple of choices for Catholic reading connoisseurs this week.  Option A, for those who prefer the high road in Church life, is the new book by Michael Heinlein.  Reviewed here by Archbishop Charles Chaput,  Heinlein’s Glorifying Christ is a well-researched, beautifully written, and deeply rewarding biography of Chicago’s late Cardinal Francis George.  It’s a superior portrait of an exceptional man.  More on that in a moment.  Option B, for those with a taste for the low road and a leisurely roll in an oil slick of outrage, can be found at Commonwealhere.

One of the least edifying byproducts of the current pontificate is the nastiness of its most passionate boosters; the tendency to see any critic (like a Pell or Müller), any questioning, any serious argument or resistance on matters of substance as “disloyal.”  And yet their own pattern of belligerence and refusal to listen creates the obligation to push back. …