Why I Am a Catholic

Why I Am a Catholic
by Garry Wills
Houghton Mifflin, $26, 390 pp.

Garry Wills, perhaps the nation’s widest-ranging man of letters or, as the phrase now goes, "public intellectual," has never concealed his Catholicism. But he has usually worn it discreetly, indeed keeping a mocking distance from self-consciously "Catholic" intellectuals who made their church too much of their public identity.

Two years ago, however, he published Papal Sin, to which Why I Am a Catholic, he says, is a "sequel."...

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About the Author

Peter Steinfels, co-founder of the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture and a former editor of Commonweal, is the author of A People Adrift: The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America.