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True Confessions: Voices of Faith from a Life in the Church

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

6:00 pm EST - 8:00 pm EST

Catholic Information Center

1501 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States

Co-sponsored with:

Napa Institute

Ethics & Public Policy Center (EPPC)


Join author Francis X. Maier for the launch of his new book, True Confessions: Voices of Faith from a Life in the Church, with a response from George Weigel. This event will be offered both in-person and virtually through YouTube. Please register today.

Thank you to our event co-sponsors, the Napa Institute and the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC).

The program’s schedule:

  • 5:15 pm EST: Mass
  • 6:00 pm EST: Talk (this portion will be offered virtually via the livestream)
  • 7:00 pm EST: Book signing and reception
  • 8:00 pm EST: Conclusion

For those attending in-person, True Confessions will be available for purchase in the CIC’s bookstore.

About the Book:

Francis Maier’s new book examines the past decade where Rome has been marked with sharp, and often unwarranted, criticism of the Church in the United States and American Catholic life. But very few of the critics have taken the time to talk, systematically, with a wide range of U.S. Catholics to understand their concerns. True Confessions is unique for its frank and in-depth interviews with 103 bishops, clergy, religious, and lay men and women from various backgrounds over a 17-month period, December 2020 through May 2022.

The wide-ranging subject matter includes the unseen challenges of life as a bishop; the pressures and satisfactions of the priesthood, the diaconate, and the consecrated life; the structural and leadership ingredients of diocesan success and failure; fallout from the Church’s sex-abuse scandals; problems in Catholic universities; attitudes toward the Vatican; the role of Catholics in the academy and the secular culture; the witness of parents who have children with special needs; and the testimony of immigrant Americans as they assess their new homeland.

Finally, the book presents the reasons why so many U.S. Catholics, despite today’s challenges, continue to love the Church and cherish their faith with joy and energy.

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About the Speakers

Francis X. Maier is a Senior Fellow in the Catholic Studies Program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC). Mr. Maier’s work focuses on the intersection of Christian faith, culture, and public life, with special attention to lay formation and action. He serves on the board member of the Napa Institute.

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George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is a Catholic theologian and one of America’s leading public intellectuals. He holds EPPC’s William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies.

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