Book Review

BEARING WITNESS TO THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS

Catalyst January/February Issue 2013, Book Review

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 John... [Read more...]

WELCOME NEW HISTORY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Catalyst December Issue 2012, Book Review

Kenneth D. Whitehead James Hitchcock, History of the Catholic Church: From the Apostolic Age to the Third Millennium, Ignatius Press. This is a book that we have needed for a good while now: it is a one-volume history of the Catholic Church which goes back to the very beginning and brings everything up to date. We need to know the true facts about the... [Read more...]

THE EVOLVING AMERICAN EXPERIMENT

Catalyst June Issue 2012, Book Review

Joseph A. Varacalli, Ph.D. Stephen M. Krason, The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic. Transaction Publishers, 2012. To order visit www.transactionpub.com or call 1-888-999-6778. American civilization is in the midst of a cultural and political crisis of unprecedented proportions. The crisis is multi-faceted with all its aspects interrelated... [Read more...]

BOGUS CHARGES AGAINST PRIESTS ABOUND

Catalyst March Issue 2012, Book Review

Rev. Michael P. Orsi Catholic Priests Falsely Accused: The Facts, The Fraud, The Stories by David F. Pierre, Jr., Mattapoisett, Massachusetts: www.TheMediaReport.com David Pierre is one of the country’s leading observers of the Catholic Church abuse narrative. In Catholic Priests Falsely Accused: The Facts, the Fraud, the Stories, he presents case... [Read more...]

DISCERNING THE LAY VOCATION

Catalyst November Issue 2011, Book Review

Deacon Keith Fournier Living the Call: An Introduction to the Lay Vocation by Michael Novak and William Simon, Jr., Encounter Books. Blessed John Paul II used the parable of the workers in the vineyard as the framework within which to address the nature of a lay vocation. “The gospel parable sets before our eyes the Lord’s vast vineyard and the... [Read more...]

SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE RECONSIDERED

Catalyst October Issue 2011, Book Review

Church, State, and Original Intent by Donald L. Drakeman. Cambridge University Press, 2010. Donald L. Drakeman’s Church, State, and Original Intent is certainly one of the most exhaustive studies of the First Amendment’s establishment clause in print. Drakeman is well qualified to undertake this study. He is a prominent church-state attorney, lecturer... [Read more...]

RECONSIDERING THE DALLAS CHARTER

Catalyst June Issue 2011, Book Review

Fr. Michael P. Orsi The following recounts what happened to an innocent priest from New Jersey in the wake of the bishops’ conference that took place in 2002. Just a few months after it was exposed that the Boston Archdiocese was deeply involved in a cover-up of priestly sexual abuse, the bishops assembled in Dallas. The June meeting was held in... [Read more...]

“IT’S WHAT WE DO”

Catalyst April Issue 2011, Book Review

Bill Donohue People often ask me how I got started with the Catholic League. That’s easy: it was due in large measure to Bishop Donald Wuerl, now Donald Cardinal Wuerl, the Archbishop of Washington. When I was a professor at a local college in Pittsburgh, I knew him as my bishop, and he got to know me (so I assume) through my periodic columns in the... [Read more...]

RELIGION AND PUBLIC LIFE

Catalyst March Issue 2011, Book Review

Bill Donohue As a sociologist and a Catholic activist, I was anxious to read American Grace by Harvard’s Robert D. Putnam and Notre Dame’s David E. Campbell. I was not disappointed: it is the most impressive volume on religion and public life to be published in many years. The subtitle of the book, How Religion Divides and Unites Us, accurately... [Read more...]

THE ENDURING LEGACY OF JOHN PAUL II

Catalyst December Issue 2010, Book Review

Ronald J. Rychlak George Weigel’s magnificent biography of Pope John Paul II, Witness to Hope, was published in 1999. Knowing that the pope’s story was not over, Weigel promised that he would one day write a completion. This is it, and it is a powerful and welcome compliment to the earlier biography, but it is much more than that. This book stands... [Read more...]

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