The Difference God Makes

A dialogue with Francis Cardinal GEORGE, O.M.I. on his recent book The Difference God Makes: A Catholic Vision of Faith, Communion, and Culture

Moderated by Msgr. Lorenzo ALBACETE, Theologian, Author, Columnist

Presented by Crossroads Cultural Center, The American Bible Society and The Lumen Christi Institute

Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago, is widely recognized as a leading intellectual figure in the American Catholic hierarchy. His new book, The Difference God Makes: A Catholic Vision of Faith, Communion, and Culture, brings together some of his most influential writings on the Catholic vision—not just of the Church herself, but also of all the peoples of the world. Weaving together intellectual insight and personal wisdom, this investigation offers a luminous Catholic vision of communion, illustrating the Church’s relation to numerous religions as well as the secular world. Drawing from both the author’s observations of Catholicism in cultures around the globe and countless theologians’ perspectives—including Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI, Thomas Aquinas, and Francis of Assisi—this analysis demonstrates how to recognize the self-giving, liberating God who provides freedom from the competitive, oppressive gods of secular modernity. This overview also recalls an assortment of fascinating stories, from a poignant moment with a non-Christian in Zambia to the humbling dedication of volunteers who came to observe Pope John Paul II’s visit to Mexico City. Confronting controversial issues head-on, this volume will inspire Christians everywhere while also offering non-Christians a renewed understanding of what a lived Christianity means for political and personal life today.

Therefore, it is an honor for Crossroads to host Cardinal George himself presenting his book in New York City.

About this Event

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Time: 7pm
Location: The Metropolitan Club
1 East 60th Street (corner of 5th Avenue), NYC
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No T-shirts, sneakers, or jeans. For men, jackets and ties required. Clerical dress or religious habits permitted.
To make a reservation, send an e-mail to with full name and address.

About the Speakers

Francis Cardinal George
Archbishop of Chicago
Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete
Theologian, Author, Columnist


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