A few minutes into our chat, the Rev. John Edward McCarthy, the retired Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Austin, picks up a manila folder on his impeccably neat desk in his impeccably neat house on Balcones Drive.
We are discussing “Off the Cuff & Over the Collar: Common Sense Catholicism,” a collection of short essays on a dizzying array of topics McCarthy co-wrote with Jill Grimes and Tom Borders.
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Bishop John McCarthy discusses and signs his new book “Off the Cuff & Over the Collar: Common Sense Catholicism”
7 p.m. Sunday 7 p.m. at St. Louis King of France Catholic Church. 7601 Burnet Road, 512-454-0384,
7 p.m. Monday at BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, www.bookpeople.com