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January 1987
232 pages  

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Time’s Covenant
The Essays and Sermons of William Clancy
Clancy, William , Green, Eugene
Time's Covenant offers a collection of the sermons and essays of William Clancy, one of the most vehement opponents of McCarthyism, who was also an ardent civil libertarian and literate commentator on the changing times of the 1950s and 1960s.

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William Clancy taught English at Notre Dame and served as editor of Commonweal during the 1950s, where he gave definition to the phrase liberal Catholicism. He was also priest-provost of the Pittsburgh Oratory, an academic community modeled on the principles of Cardinal Newman, which served the city's colleges and universities.
“This collection extends from the pre-Vatican II days when [Clancy] was a vigorous opponent of Joseph McCarthy, until his death. His observations and exhortations, balanced and beautifully written, deal with a wide variety of issues ranging from freedom of expression and liberal Catholicism to Santayana, Toynbee, and Lippmann.”—Library Journal

“A kind of a literary biography of a graceful and eloquent thinker. Whether reflecting on the meaning of the term liberal Catholic, on the Dreyfuss case, on poetry or the scriptures, Clancy is a bridge-builder, opening a trove of cultural and spiritual richness that goes beyond parochialism.” —Publishers Weekly

“The balance exhibited again and again in these essays springs not from some cowardly preference for the middle-of-the-road, but from a recognition of complexity and a respect for the bits of truth that lie scattered even among positions one cannot adopt as one's own.”—America

“An author's personality often emerges clearly from his or her writing. In this case, Clancy steps out of the printed pages of this collection as a brilliant intellect and a warm and gracious man with a personal faith that he was compelled by his very nature to share with others. I wish I had known him.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Time's Covenant offers a collection of the sermons and essays of William Clancy, one of the most vehement opponents of McCarthyism, who was also an ardent civil libertarian and literate commentator on the changing times of the 1950s and 1960s. The articles originally appeared in Commonweal, dubbed the journal of “liberal Catholics,” as well as the New York Times, Saturday Review and Worldview. Clancy reflects on authors Ignazio Silone, Arnold Toynbee, Walter Lippman, as well as American poets, the Dreyfus Affair, and liberal Catholicism.
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