Book Review

“The Unthinkable in the Twenty-First Century”

Catalyst June Issue 2015, Book Review

Rick Hinshaw George J. Marlin, Christian Persecutions in the Middle East: A 21st Century Tragedy (South Bend, Indiana: St. Augustine’s Press, 2015) Bombarded as we are by daily news reports, we probably feel we know all we need to know about the unspeakable crimes being perpetrated virtually every day against innocent people – primarily Christians... [Read more...]

WOULD YOU BAPTIZE AN EXTRATERRESTRIAL?

Catalyst January/February Issue 2015, Book Review

Rick Hinshaw Guy Consolmagno, S.J. and Paul Mueller, S.J., Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial … and Other Questions from the Astronomers’ In-Box at the Vatican Observatory  (New York: Image, 2014) “Science is God engaging with us.” Thus do Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno and Jesuit Father Paul Mueller challenge – most effectively,... [Read more...]

Catholic Feasts: Learning the Faith through Celebration

Catalyst December Issue 2014, Book Review

Rick Hinshaw Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Mike Aquilina, The Feasts: How the Church Year Forms Us as Catholics (New York: Image, 2014)  While the feasts of the Catholic Church might “seem to be a crazy quilt of customs,” they are in reality so much more than that – if we take the time to understand their origins, their meanings, and what... [Read more...]

BRINGING YOUNG ADULTS BACK TO CHURCH

Catalyst October 2014, Book Review

RICK HINSHAW Naomi Schaefer Riley, Got Religion?: How Churches, Mosques and Synagogues Can Bring Young People Back (West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Press, 2014) Naomi Schaefer Riley, in her weekly columns in the New York Post as well as in several books she has authored, has emerged as an insightful commentator on a range of cultural issues impacting... [Read more...]

MICHAEL NOVAK’S REMARKABLE LIFE JOURNEY

Catalyst April Issue 2014, Book Review

Rick Hinshaw Michael Novak, Writing from Left to Right: My Journey from Liberal to Conservative (New York: Image, 2013) “It is not those who cry, ‘the poor, the poor’ who will enter the Kingdom, but those who truly help the poor.” More than 20 years ago, that paraphrase of Scripture from the distinguished theologian, philosopher... [Read more...]

The Future Church: Explaining Our Beliefs

Catalyst March Issue 2014, Book Review

Rick Hinshaw Michael Coren, The Future of Catholicism, (Toronto, Ontario: McClelland & Stewart, 2013) “The future Church must explain why it thinks what it thinks.” In that one sentence Michael Coren encapsulates, in my view, both the essence and the great challenge for the Church and for all Catholics in our mission to teach and evangelize... [Read more...]

THE HOW AND WHY OF ROE’S RADICAL MANDATE

Catalyst January/February Issue 2014, Book Review

RICK HINSHAW Clarke D. Forsythe, Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade (New York: Encounter Books, 2013) With his extensive background in law, Clarke Forsythe, senior counsel at Americans United for Life, seems the ideal author for a detailed overview of Roe v. Wade. In Abuse of Discretion, he does not disappoint, providing a comprehensive... [Read more...]

A JOURNEY OF CONTINUING CONVERSION

Catalyst December Issue 2013, Book Review

Rick Hinshaw George Weigel, Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches, with Elizabeth Lev and Stephen Weigel (New York: Basic Books, 2013) When I read Witness to Hope, George Weigel’s seminal biography on Pope John Paul II, I found I could only absorb it a few pages at a time. So steeped was it in probing the essence of the Holy Father – his faith... [Read more...]

HOLLYWOOD AND HITLER

Catalyst November Issue 2013, Book Review

Rick Hinshaw Ben Urwand, The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler (Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2013) It’s quite easy – and quite morally offensive – for those safely removed in time and place from the horrors of Hitler’s genocide to point fingers of blame at others – the German... [Read more...]

CATHOLICISM’S RISE, FALL, AND UNCERTAIN FUTURE

Catalyst September Issue 2013, Book Review

KENNETH D. WHITEHEAD Russell Shaw, American Church: The Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall, and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2013). This new book of Russell Shaw’s on the “American Church” is the best available current account that you are likely to find describing what the Catholic Church in America has... [Read more...]

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