Thinking Apostles

A Catholic Brain Trust
The History of the Catholic Commission on Intellectual and Cultural Affairs, 1945–1965
Patrick J. Hayes
University of Notre Dame Press, $75, 424 pp.

In the decades following World War II, an impressive collection of American Catholic intellectuals joined together to ponder what they believed was an urgent question: “What is an intellectual apostle?” These prominent scientists, linguists, historians, philosophers, and literary scholars—some of them clerics, but most laypeople—taught at Georgetown, Fordham, Notre Dame, and Catholic University, as well as Harvard, Princeton, Chicago, and Stanford. Eager to fashion a...

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About the Author

James P. McCartin teaches at Seton Hall University. He is the author of Prayers of the Faithful: The Shifting Spiritual Life of American Catholics (Harvard University Press).