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Once a Catholic: Prominent Catholics and Ex-Catholics Reveal the Influence of the Church on Their Lives and Work Mass Market Paperback – December 13, 1988


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (December 13, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345356705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345356703
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,778,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

A highly nuanced spectrum of religious beliefs is covered in this collection of interviews with prominent persons, some of whom remain practicing Catholics. Among the 26 interviewees are designedly outrageous Jimmy Breslin ("Grammar and Religion"); insouciant Christopher Buckley, son of William ("God and Man at the Yale Club"), and caustic Judge Bruce Wright ("Catholic Justice"). This group that also includes novelist Mary Gordon, playwright Christopher Durang, rock star Frank Zappa, filmmaker Martin Scorsese and Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione delivers a medley of experiences, viewpoints, emotions and rationalizations that provide revealing, often amusing, insights into unorthodox folk who challenge with eclat the status quo of the Church. Occhiogrosso is a freelance writer.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

"As a corpse, you could be an ideal Catholic." "I think envy's the greatest sin, personally." These statements by Robert Stone and Jimmy Breslin, respectively, are typical of the stimulating, funny, irritating, and moving opinions offered here. Altogether 26 interviewees share their attitudes toward the Church as authority, culture, mystery, and purveyor of an often-skewed sexuality. Most have profited from some aspect of their experience and have come to intellectually and emotionally satisfying personal positions vis-a-vis the Church. Refreshing and illuminating for Catholics, ex-Catholics, and non-Catholics alike. Nancy M. Laskowski, Free Lib. of Philadelphia
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Peter Occhiogrosso began his writing career as a jazz critic and interviewer, and was the first journalist to cover the emerging "loft jazz" scene in downtown Manhattan in depth. As Music Editor for the Soho Weekly News, he also immersed himself in the burgeoning punk rock and new wave movements. Accordingly, he wrote his first book about the fictitious British metal band Spinal Tap, and collaborated with Frank Zappa on his unconventional autobiography, "The Real Frank Zappa Book" (Poseidon/Simon & Schuster). But by the 1990s, Peter's interests had grown to encompass spirituality, following his initiation into the American group Eckankar, where he learned to practice intensive dream work. That started him on a trail of spiritual exploration that led to the study of Tibetan Buddhism, Sufism, Zen, Kabbalah, and many years of practice with the Chinese qigong master Kwan Saihung.

During those years, Peter wrote a series of books about spiritual experience, including "Once A Catholic" (Houghton Mifflin/Ballantine); "Through the Labyrinth" (Penguin), and a popular guide to the world's religions entitled "The Joy of Sects" (Doubleday/Image). At the same time, he launched a parallel career as a co-author and collaborator, writing 2 books with talk show host Larry King; 5 books with healer and former Catholic priest Ron Roth; and Caroline Myss's "Why People Don't Heal" and "Sacred Contracts" (Harmony), as well as "Defy Gravity" (Hay House).

Following a lifelong interest in nutrition and health, Peter has also collaborated with Vijay Vad, M.D., of the Hospital for Special Surgery, on a leading book about arthritis treatment, "Arthritis Rx" (Gotham), as well as Dr. Vad's latest book, "Stop Pain" (Hay House).

Three of the books Peter co-authored have become New York Times Best Sellers. His most recent collaboration, with renowned Yoga master Mark Whitwell, "The Promise of Love, Sex, and Intimacy: How a Simple Breathing Practice Will Enrich Your Life Forever" was published by Atria/Simon & Schuster In June 2012.

Peter is currently writing an account of his tumultuous years in the music world of lower Manhattan.

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