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The Future Church: Explaining Our Beliefs

By | March 3rd, 2014|Categories: Book Review, Catalyst|Tags: |

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 [...]

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THE HOW AND WHY OF ROE’S RADICAL MANDATE

By | January 27th, 2014|Categories: Book Review, Catalyst|Tags: |

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 [...]

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A JOURNEY OF CONTINUING CONVERSION

By | December 11th, 2013|Categories: Book Review, Catalyst|Tags: |

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 [...]

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HOLLYWOOD AND HITLER

By | November 1st, 2013|Categories: Book Review, Catalyst|Tags: |

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 people, the Holy [...]

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CATHOLICISM’S RISE, FALL, AND UNCERTAIN FUTURE

By | September 10th, 2013|Categories: Book Review, Catalyst|Tags: |

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 become today [...]

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MYTHS ABOUT CHRISTIAN NON-PERSECUTION

By | July 25th, 2013|Categories: Book Review, Catalyst|Tags: |

Robert Royal At the present moment, Christians are the most widely persecuted religious group in the world. They are forbidden normal freedom to practice or attacked for explicitly religious reasons in Muslim countries from Algeria across North Africa, throughout the Middle East, into Pakistan and Indonesia. In other countries, such as China, Christians of various kinds [...]

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MODERN MARTYRDOM

By | June 7th, 2013|Categories: Book Review, Catalyst|Tags: |

Patrick J. McNamara, Ph.D. Paul Marshall, Lela Gilbert and Nina Shea, Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2013). “The blood of martyrs is the seed of Christianity,” wrote the author Tertullian in the third century A.D. Tertullian was writing as the early Church was being persecuted by the Roman emperors. Today when we [...]

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A MORE EXCELLENT WAY

By | May 6th, 2013|Categories: Book Review, Catalyst|Tags: |

Patrick J. McNamara, Ph.D. George Weigel, Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st Century Church (New York: Basic Books, 2013). No one doubts the need for deep reform in the Church, but few agree on how to go about it. George Weigel, one of our foremost Catholic intellectuals, offers a comprehensive reform proposal transcending the liberal [...]

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STATE OF RELIGION IN 2013

By | March 6th, 2013|Categories: Book Review, Catalyst|Tags: |

Bill Donohue Frank Newport, God is Alive and Well, Gallup Press Gallup has been probing the status of religion in America since the 1940s, and has done some of the finest work of any survey house in the nation. This book is the work of Frank Newport, Gallup Editor-in-Chief. As readers of Catalyst know, I hold [...]

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BEARING WITNESS TO THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS

By | January 30th, 2013|Categories: Book Review, Catalyst|Tags: |

Candace de Russy Colleen Carroll Campbell, My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir, Image. At a time in our culture of rampant secularism, anomie, and hedonic self-absorption, Colleen Carroll Campbell’s My Sisters the Saints is a rarity, insofar as it concerns her quest to find and fulfill her identity as a Christian woman, or what Blessed [...]

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