Sherry Weddell is Everywhere

The United States is experiencing a “transition from a strong cultural Catholicism to an intentional Catholicism,” and that requires “a new evangelization (that) responds to the questions of today,” said Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley.

His use of the phrase “Intentional Catholicism” is the sign signaling that Cardinal O’Malley has started internalizing what Sherry Weddell has so brilliantly said in her book Forming Intentional Disciples, the book that is deservedly taking its place among the most important Catholic books of this decade.  If you care about the future of the Church, read this book.

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  • Jennifer Fitz

    We read the book locally this summer. Or at least, some people read the book, others read parts of it, others just chatted (as book clubs will). Book club meeting #2 we resolved to quit reading books and work on our relationship with Christ. Been meeting twice a month since, and everyone calls it the “Intentional Disciples” group. So there you go.

  • Am looking to get it soon, to see if its anything more satisfying than “Evangelical Catholicism”, which really just wasn’t. I viewed that work as a bunch of focused-group nonsense that, if followed, would wreck far more havoc on the Church than the possible benefits reaped.

    Then again, I’ve never been a fan of Weigel from the beginning, and am only passingly familiar with Ms. Weddell.

    • Dan C

      I read George Weigel as part of my opposition research. He can be brilliant, but since the Iraq War has really become exclusively a culture warrior, fighting Islam and liberalism with the same voceriferous efforts. He once had thoughtful work that, although I disagreed with, I had to struggle with. (Novak is still more thoughtful if libertarian-rather “classical liberal.”)

      Evangelical Catholicism had any problems. I was hoping for better.

  • Sherry Weddell

    Interesting. I’m scheduled to do an FID day for the Boston Archdiocesan leadership in January.

    • My parish leadership team in NH just ordered something like 40 copies, and my pastor’s eating it up. 🙂

  • Jared B.

    The good Cardinal politely skipped mentioning the transition to a *weak* cultural Catholicism that we made several decades ago. But any transition away from that is a welcome one!