What Do You Want to Know?: A Pastor's Response to the Most Challenging Questions about the Catholic Faith

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Ave Maria Press, 2018 - Religion - 160 pages
You've probably heard statements such as these: "There is no God." "I'm spiritual but not religious." "Science has made religion obsolete." Cardinal Donald Wuerl can help you navigate these often difficult conversations. In What Do You Want to Know?, Wuerl addresses twenty-six of today's most common misconceptions of the faith and the Church and offers everyday Catholics encouragement for framing responses in a way that can be an invitation to friendship.Many Catholics are confronted with statements and questions that challenge their faith. Employing a conversational tone andfriendly style, What Do You Want to Know? sets out to answer each one, responding, as Wuerl says, "to friends who think theyare enemies." A work of popular apologetics, Wuerl tackles each concern, explaining, illuminating, and challenging all who read What Do You Want to Know? with the truth of the Christian faith and the essential purpose of the Catholic Church in the world today. He also takes the pressure off people who may not feel able to provide philosophical proof of God's existence by telling them that their personal experience of faith in God can be just as (or perhaps even more) effective.Those who pose challenging questions or statements will be drawn into conversation by Wuerl's thoughtful answers. Catholiceducators, pastors, parish leaders, and parents also will find the book to be essential for their use in catechesis and evangelization.

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If there were a negative star choice, I would have chosen that. Cardinal Wuerl has been discredited because of his participation in covering up for priests involved in immoral activities. The book will probably never be published.

About the author (2018)

Cardinal Donald Wuerl is the archbishop of Washington. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI.

Wuerl serves on numerous national and international bodies and is chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, chancellor of The Catholic University of America, and chairman of both the board of the Pope John Paul II Cultural Foundation and also of The Papal Foundation. He serves on a number of Vatican congregations, councils, and commissions including those for the Doctrine of the Faith and for Bishops. He has served as chairman of various committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Wuerl is known for his teaching ministry and is involved in many education, health care, and social service organizations. He is the author of numerous articles and more than a dozen books, including the bestselling catechisms The Teaching of Christ and The Catholic Way. His recent books include The Church (2013), The Light Is On For You (2014), The Marriage God Wants for You (2015), and Ways to Pray

Wuerl was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and received graduate degrees from The Catholic University of America, the Gregorian University in Rome, and a doctorate in theology from the University of Saint Thomas in Rome. He was ordained a bishop by Pope John Paul II on January 6, 1986. Wuerl served as auxiliary bishop in Seattle until 1987 and then as bishop of Pittsburgh for eighteen years until his appointment to Washington.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo is archbishop of Galveston-Houston.

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