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Tim Unsworth: Articles from the National Catholic Reporter [Paperback]

By Tim Unsworth (Author)
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Pages   164
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.02" Width: 6.12" Height: 0.39"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 15, 2008
Publisher   ACTA Publications
ISBN  087946366X  
EAN  9780879463663  


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Collected for the first time, Tim Unsworth: Articles from the National Catholic Reporter showcases 27 of Unsworth's best and most beloved writings. Sometimes searing, sometimes deeply sympathetic-always funny-his sacred irreverence touched millions of readers. Although he focused on major issues in the Catholic Church, Unsworth wrote in a familiar style that never lost sight of his intended readership-the active laity who fill the pews every Sunday. Sometimes inflammatory but always expressed with a great deal of faith and common sense, his articles asked important questions such as: Is celibacy robbing us of the priests we want? Has limbo outlived its usefulness? Is the seminary system outdated? Have church ushers become merely "greeters"? Will conservatives and liberals ever agree? Every generation has its storytellers. For a quarter century, Tim Unsworth was one of the finest catholic writers ever produced by the rich and varied tradition of Chicago's Catholic church.

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For twenty-five years, Tim Unsworth wrote for The National Catholic Reporter. Sometimes searing, sometimes deeply sympathetic???always funny???his sacred irreverence touched millions of readers. Now collected for the first time, Tim Unsworth: Articles from the National Catholic Reporter showcases twenty-seven of the Unsworth's best and most beloved writings. Although he focused on major issues in the Catholic Church, Unsworth wrote in a familiar style that never lost sight of his intended readership???the active laity who fill the pews every Sunday.

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Deeply human stories  Jun 23, 2008
According to Robert McClory, National Catholic Reporter columnist Tim Unsworth had an "incurable love for the church that sort of shone through his attacks on (its) pomposity and the superiority." McClory, a colleague of Unsworth, chose the columns in the "Tim Unsworth" collection and wrote a preface for each. In the foreword NCR editor-at-large Tom Roberts praises Unsworth for his "deeply human stories, in which the ordinary is mined for its great strength and humor." A number of columns presented here are critical of Church policies and practices, such as annulment procedures and celibacy. Many others tell of clerics whose everyday dedication to their pastoral calling is no less than heroic.

In the column Knee-jerk is still a jerk, no matter what your politics (1984), Unsworth took on conservatives and liberals. He began by suggesting that some conservatives believe the introduction of altar girls "may mean the end of Christian civilization as we know it." He then noted that universities reputed to be liberal are often marked by internal conservatism. "Sometimes I feel positively schizophrenic myself," he wrote. He opposed both abortion and "strident pro-lifers." He was against capital punishment, but infuriated by demonstrators "shedding tears about a guy who reduced some family to chopped liver." Liberals often accused him of not going far enough, and conservatives said he was immature and adolescent. "Their barbs," he wrote, "make me want to throw my yo-yo at the nearest member of Opus Dei."

Another column applied the schizophrenia theme to parish liturgies in an upstairs-downstairs situation featuring "yogurt and tofu Christians" shaped like Pillsbury doughboys and "borderline anorexic" polyester-and-wool people. Unsworth found charm in a parish that accommodated both.
 

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