Cultural Meltdown: The Secular Roots of Our Moral Crisis

About the Book…

In this incisive work, Bill Donohue pulls no punches as he contends that our moral crisis is a reflection of two competing visions of morality — one religious and the other secular. The former is grounded in our Judeo-Christian tradition, the latter in radical notions of liberty and equality that are tearing us asunder.

Donohue explains how the religious vision acknowledges belief in God, truth, human nature, natural law, moral absolutes, and Original Sin. It understands the limits of the human condition and thus rejects the notion that human perfectibility can be realized on earth. The secular vision believes none of this, and its adherents are bent on destroying the last vestiges of our religious heritage.

Weaving together examples from the earliest centuries to the Enlightenment to modern times, Donohue seamlessly lays out how to restore our moral code so that the mainstreaming of madness is terminated and rolled back.

What They’re Saying….

“In this much-needed book, Bill Donohue calls on Catholics, Evangelicals, Orthodox Jews, Mormons, and Muslims to stand up for their beliefs—for their own sakes and for the good of the country.”
—Mary Ann Glendon

“As a sociologist, Bill Donohue understands what happens to a society when the ‘sacred canopy’ of religion is ripped away. He offers a way to extricate ourselves and our communities from the nihilism of a society without God.”
—Anne Hendershott, Ph.D.

“Donohue’s response to our advanced cultural meltdown is not pessimism but pugnacity, in a full-throated defense of the Catholic vision of moral law as the basis of a good moral order.”
—Fr. Paul Sullins, Ph.D.

“Like the prophets, Donohue skewers bad guys—doers of evil and sowers of confusion—with consistent vigor and style.”
—Russell Shaw

“Bill Donohue tells us who the thinkers and activists are who are trying to destroy our Judeo-Christian civilization.”
— Fr. Gerald E. Murray

Where you can get it…

Bill Donohue’s new book, Cultural Meltdown: The Secular Roots of Our Moral Crisis,
is now available at, Amazon, Sophia Institute Press and Barnes & Noble.

About the Author…

Bill Donohue was Honorably Discharged from the U.S. Air  Force in 1970, and began his teaching career in 1973 working at St. Lucy’s School in Spanish Harlem. In 1977, he took a position as a college professor teaching at La Roche College in Pittsburgh. In 1980, Bill was awarded his Ph.D. in sociology from New York University. In 2022, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Ave Maria School of Law.

Bill is the author of eleven books and thousands of articles. His first book, The Politics of the American Civil Liberties Union, was published in 1985. His next book, The New Freedom: Individualism and Collectivism in the Social Lives of Americans, was written while Bill was a Bradley Resident Scholar at The Heritage Foundation; it appeared in 1990. Bill’s third book, Twilight of Liberty: The Legacy of the ACLU, was published in 1994; a new afterword to this book was published in 2001. His next book, Secular Sabotage: How Liberals are Destroying Religion and Culture in America, was published in 2009. Why Catholicism Matters: How Catholic Virtues Can Reshape Society in the 21st Century was published in 2012. This was followed by The Catholic Advantage: Why Health, Happiness, and Heaven Await the Faithful; it was published in 2015. In 2016, Unmasking Mother Teresa’s Critics was published. Common Sense Catholicism: How to Resolve Our Cultural Crisis, was published in 2019. The Truth About Clergy Sexual Abuse: Clarifying the Facts and Causes  was published in 2021.  War on Virtue: How the Ruling Class is Killing the American Dream was published in 2023. His latest book, Cultural Meltdown: The Secular Roots of our Moral Crisis, was published in 2024.

In 2023, Bill starred in, and was co-executive producer of, an award-winning documentary on Disney, titled, Walt’s Disenchanted Kingdom.

Bill is the president and CEO of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, the nation’s largest Catholic civil rights organization. The publisher of the Catholic League journal, Catalyst, he served for two decades on the board of directors of the National Association of Scholars. He writes regular columns for

Bill also serves on the advisory boards of many organizations, including the Society of Catholic Social Scientists, and the Christian Film & Television Commission.

Winner of several teaching awards, and many awards from the Catholic community, Bill has appeared on thousands of television and radio shows speaking on civil liberties, social issues, and religion.

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