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The Spirit in Letters

George Weigel writes epistles to a young Catholic.

Jun 14, 2004, Vol. 9, No. 38 • By EVE TUSHNET
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Some young Catholics, or young people considering Catholicism, might need an introduction to basic practices. Others might need poetry, novels, or histories of architecture. Others might need lives of the saints or explanations of Catholic ethics. Letters to a Young Catholic incorporates all these elements, but Weigel has not been allotted the space he would need for such an encyclopedic endeavor. Instead, we get shorthand, a series of impressions and thesis statements. If one is not St. Paul, it is very hard to write a book that is all things to all people.

Eve Tushnet is a freelance journalist and editor of