Item #1468 Politics and Catholic Freedom. Garry Wills.
Politics and Catholic Freedom
Politics and Catholic Freedom
Politics and Catholic Freedom

Politics and Catholic Freedom

Chicago: Henry Regnery Company Publishers, 1964. First edition. Tall octavo (9 1/2 inches tall), original red cloth, gilt spine, decorated endpapers, original dust jacket. Slight toning to unclipped dust jacket. A near-fine copy. Item #1468

"MATER, SI; MAGISTRA, NO"

First edition of this early book by Garry Wills—a study of the political implications of Papal Encyclicals published by Henry Regnery.

Set against the backdrop of the recent election of the first Catholic President of the United States, political controversy over the interpretation of Mater et Magistra ("Mother and Teacher"), Pope John XXIII's 1961 encyclical. A dispute erupted between Catholic conservatives and Catholic Liberals after an item in the National Review casually dismissed the encyclical as "Mater, Si; Magistra, No." The Jesuit monthly magazine, America (edited by Thurston N. Davis, S.J.) attacked William F. Buckley, Jr., accusing him of "anticlericalism." As an ex-Jesuit seminarian and something of a protege of Buckley, Garry Wills was in a unique position to navigate the arguments. The book is composed of four sections: Part One. The Controversy, Part Two. The Mechanics of Repression, Part Three. Mother and Teacher, Part Four. Liberty and Moral Law. The text is supplemented with a Bibliographical Note and Acknowledgements. With an epigraph by Lord Acton ("Knowledge has a freedom in the Catholic Church") and the author's Dedication: "To American Catholics / for being both." Dust jacket designed by Robert Borja.

Price: $40.00

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