11 February 2008

Here's a book recommendation...

If you don't read another book this year, read The Faithful Departed: The Collapse of Boston's Catholic Culture, by Philip F. Lawler. I'm only starting chapter 5, but I'm astounded by his clarity in defining "where things went wrong," resulting in the confused state of Catholicism and its vastly reduced influence in our nation today. He makes it clear right at the beginning that the scandal of sexual abuse and how it has been dealt with by our bishops -- deadly serious though it is -- is but a part of the picture.

It's not a pleasant book to read, but it's certainly illuminating -- and it applies to far more than just the Church in Boston. Although I'm only a quarter of the way through, I have a feeling that this book will outline very clearly the lessons we should learn for moving into the future.