First published as Twelve Tough Issues: What the Church Teachesand
Why, this book became an instant bestseller with over 70,000 copies sold.
These short reflections, written so ordinary people can understand, describe
the church's moral teaching on the toughest issues facing modern believers.
In this updated and revised edition, the tough
issues haven't changed nor has the church's teaching about them. What has changed
is the context in which the teaching was offered. Our society has experienced
changes of tonality and emphasis, and new questions and new issues, especially
concerning the prolonging of life and church membership, have arisen. The archbishop
wisely states, "Every human endeavor is capable of improvement."
Each chapter offers questions for discussion,
suggestions for further reading with an indication of where the subjects are
treated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, as well as material
from the pope, Vatican II, the Holy See and the U.S. bishops conference.
DANIEL E. PILARCZYK is archbishop of Cincinnati, Ohio, and a past president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. His books include Practicing Catholic, Thinking Catholic, Believing Catholic and Live Letters: Reflections on the Second Readings of the Sunday Lectionary (St. Anthony Messenger Press).
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