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Catholic Matters: Confusion, Controversy, and the Splendor of Truth Paperback – Bargain Price, March 1, 2007
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This is a difficult book for me to describe. It is a personal book, a theological book, a commentary on the state-of-the-Catholic Church book, a summons to enter into the full communion of the Catholic Church book. The presence of John Paul II is felt throughout.
As always, Neuhaus writes in that easy, fluid style, with that occasional turn of phrase that catches one's attention, that makes reading him such a pleasure.
I recommend Catholic Matters to all who are seriously interested in the Catholic Church, particularly those who now live on the Protestant side of the Tiber and who wonder what it might be like to swim to the other side. He shares with us many insights into the Catholic Church, insights that only a convert can share. Here's one that really caught me up: "To be a Catholic is to refuse to hold oneself aloof from the vulgar." Think about that the next time you are tempted to haughty dismissal of traditional Catholic devotions or the popular versions of the Novus Ordo Mass that we find in the typical Catholic congregation.
I also believe that every Catholic bishop and priest should read this book. Neuhaus brings with him a unique perspective. He knows what life in Protestantism is like.Read more ›
The book begins and ends in Rome, in April 2005, with the funeral of Pope John Paul II and the election of Pope Benedict XVI. Neuhaus then discusses his conversion to the Catholic Church, the theological background of the Lutheran Church in which he was raised, the Second Vatican Council and various failures of leadership within the Church following Vatican II. The discussion frequently returns to the subjects of primacy of conscience, concerted efforts to undermine the teaching power of the Magisterium and the more than twenty-six year effort of John Paul II (Neuhaus calls him "John Paul the Great") to implement the determinations of the Council in the face of opposition by certain Catholic theologians and the public news media.
Neuhaus adopts the words of St. Ignatius of Loyola that "we should think with the Church," which helps put into perspective that the Church must be judged over a span of centuries and not just within the lifetime of any one individual or group of individuals. He supports his views in clear language, often supported by references to recognized Church fathers, such as Aquinas, Augustine and Ignatius. In response to those persons who would define a large number of American Catholics as being outside the Church, Neuhaus says, "That is a Protestant way of thinking, and I decline to go along with it. I did not become a Catholic in order to be a Protestant.Read more ›
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As a Catholic convert at sixty, I found this book to be a way to fill in the gaps for me. It is a book, in my opinion, that should be read in daily clips, and digested slowly. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Margaret Sidney
Niehaus certainly is that, a traditional treasure.
This book is a wonderful collection of essays, with Neuhaus 's convert's love of Mother Church shining from every page. Read more
Fr. Neuhaus' book is a well crafted essay providing deeply-thought perspectives on the issues confronting the Church today. Although written in 2005, the issues are still current. Read morePublished 11 months ago by David Sullivan
Great writing, clear and thought provoking essays on post-Vatican II Catholicism.Published 11 months ago by geekmama
I bought it after reading the reviews. I haven't read it yet, but have skipped through and have read a few parts.Published on August 10, 2013 by Sunshine 68
Profoundly good and from a Great Source this is my first Neuhaus Book and I can't say how much I love it. Read morePublished on August 31, 2010 by Jose Lopez
This book has many golden nuggets, such as a description of the scandalous reaction by many to Humanae Vitae. Yet, it comes across like a collection of essays. Read morePublished on August 10, 2010 by Joseph P. Tevington