For most of its history, the Catholic Church clung to a deep skepticism concerning the legitimacy of democracy. 

But that all changed during the twentieth century, explains Notre Dame historian and longtime Commonweal contributor John McGreevy. 

On this episode McGreevy talks with Commonweal editor Dominic Preziosi about how that unlikely shift occurred, and offers suggestions for how the Church can help bolster our wavering faith in democracy today.

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“Democracy was the dog that did not bark in Catholic social thought.”—John McGreevy
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