Book Reviews

Rabbi David G. Dalin: The Myth of Hitler’s Pope

By | September 19th, 2005|Categories: Book Reviews, Papers, Essays and Research|

by William Doino, Jr. (Catalyst 9/2005) Every day, the secular media bombards us with the idea that the Catholic Church is a backward, repressive institution, unfair to its own members and prejudiced against those outside its communion. Is it any wonder that so many Jews, and other non-Catholics—not to mention "anti-Catholic Catholics" ignorant of their own [...]

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CORNWELL’S LATEST FOLLY: TRYING TO SMEAR POPE JOHN PAUL II

By | March 13th, 2005|Categories: Book Reviews, Catalyst|Tags: |

By Ronald Rychlak For about 20 years, author John Cornwell wrote as a disenchanted, former Catholic. Some of his early books sold well, but he really hit the big time in the past five years. He still writes books highly critical of the Catholic Church. Now, however, he writes not as a bitter former seminarian, but [...]

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Tim LaHaye: The Left Behind Series

By | December 19th, 2004|Categories: Book Reviews, Papers, Essays and Research|

  by Carl E. Olson (Catalyst 12/2004) Two years ago I was engaged in an e-mail exchange with a Fundamentalist pastor, who wrote: But as an effort to still save your soul, if indeed my concerns for you are true, may I urge you to reexamine the Mariolatry of the Church you have bought into. I [...]

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Susan Jacoby: Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism

By | October 19th, 2004|Categories: Book Reviews, Papers, Essays and Research|

by William A. Donohue (Catalyst 10/2004) “It is no secret that the Bush administration is engaged in the most radical assault on the separation of church and state in American history.” When I first read that sentence, I wondered about the sanity of the author. Upon reflection, I still do. Susan Jacoby, who penned that line [...]

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Jimmy Breslin: The Church that Forgot Christ

By | September 19th, 2004|Categories: Book Reviews, Papers, Essays and Research|

by Kenneth Woodward (Catalyst 9/2004) Ostensibly, this is a book about the clergy abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church. But like everything Breslin writes, it is really about himself. Or rather, it is about him writing a book about clergy abuse. He wants us to know that he has lost faith in the church of [...]

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Robert Katz: The Battle for Rome: The Germans, the Allies, the Partisans, and the Pope

By | May 19th, 2004|Categories: Book Reviews, Papers, Essays and Research|

by Ronald Rychlak (Catalyst 5/2004) During World War II and for years after it ended, Pope Pius XII was heralded as a staunch opponent of the Nazis and a champion of their victims. Then in 1963, as the result of a piece of fiction written by German playwright Rolf Hochhuth, a controversy arose about whether the [...]

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Sister Margherita Marchione: Crusade of Charity: Pius XII and POW’s

By | April 19th, 2004|Categories: Book Reviews, Papers, Essays and Research|

by Eugene J. Fisher (Catalyst 4/2006) Patrick J. Gallo, editor, Pius XII, the Holocaust and the Revisionists: Essays. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co, 2006. 218 pages. PB. NP. Sister Margherita Marchione, Crusade of Charity: Pius XII and POW's (1939-1945). New York: Paulist Press, 2006. 284 pages. Ronald J. Rychlak, Righteous Gentiles: How Pius XII and the [...]

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Daniel Silva: The Confessor

By | July 19th, 2003|Categories: Book Reviews, Papers, Essays and Research|

by Kenneth D. Whitehead (book review, Catalyst 7/2003) Daniel Silva, The Confessor,  New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2003.  HB; 401 pages. $29.95. What Notre Dame philosophy professor Ralph McInerny has aptly called "the defamation of Pius XII"—in his excellent book with that title—has unfortunately been so widely successful in the culture at large that many people [...]

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Daniel Dreisbach: Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation between Church and State

By | March 19th, 2003|Categories: Book Reviews, Papers, Essays and Research|

by Joseph De Feo (Catalyst 3/2003) Justice Felix Frankfurter wrote, “A phrase begins life as a literary expression; its felicity leads to its lazy repetition; and repetition soon establishes it as a legal formula, undiscriminatingly used to express different and sometimes contradictory ideas.” The foregoing lines represent an apt condensation of Professor Daniel L. Dreisbach’s thesis [...]

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John Cornwell: The Pontiff in Winter: Triumph and Conflict in the Reign of John Paul II

By | March 19th, 2003|Categories: Book Reviews, Papers, Essays and Research|

by Ronald Rychlak (Catalyst 3/2005) John Cornwell's new book, Hitler's Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII, turns out to be a deeply flawed attack on Pope John Paul II. That's right, the final chapter is actually an attack on the current plaintiff. Cornwell is disturbed by John Paul's "conservative" positions on celibate clergy, women priests, artificial [...]

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