The Irony of Modern Catholic History Archives - Ethics & Public Policy Center

Joseph Ratzinger, Theological Reformer

In the War of the Conciliar Succession, there are true reformers, and then there are the forces of deconstruction. Joseph Ratzinger is emphatically a true Catholic reformer.

The Irony of Catholic History: An Interview with George Weigel

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel discusses his latest book, his thoughts on Catholic-Evangelical dialogue, and more.

Historical Clarity and Today’s Catholic Contentions

Contrary to both traditionalist and progressive misconceptions, Catholicism was not a placid institution, free of controversy and contention, prior to Vatican II.

Interview with George Weigel: Catholicism and Modernity, Reconsidered and “Renarrativized”

“Previous ‘framings’ of the story are unilinear,” says EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel about his new book The Irony of Modern Catholic History, “modernity acts, Catholicism reacts, end of story. But there has been much more going on, these past two hundred fifty years, than an action-reaction cycle.”

Ironies in the Fire

The multiple ironies in the complex relationship between Catholicism and cultural, social, and political modernity over the last 250 years are explored in George Weigel’s new book, The Irony of Modern Catholic History: How the Church Rediscovered Itself and Challenged the Modern World to Reform.