Weigel, George
February 2011
First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion & Public Life;Feb2011, Issue 210, p18
The article discusses the rise, dominance and end of the Bernardin era in the U.S. Catholic Church, led by Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin whose concept and style of episcopal ministry deeply influenced hundreds of U.S. bishops who were dubbed the Bernardin Machine. A detailed background of Bernardin's life and works in the Church is presented. The style of governance of the Bernardin Machine within the Church and its interaction with the American public life is explained. The era's decline soon after the cardinal's death is described.


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