The Roman Catholic Church has long been the target of suspicion and hostility. But how much of this is based on ignorance and prejudice and how much is the fruit of thoughtful consideration of the facts?
This book separates fact from fiction. Without excusing or justifying wrongdoing, author Christopher Kaczor clarifies official Catholic teaching and demonstrates that much popular opinion about Catholicism is based on misunderstanding and misinformation. He also provides robust and lucid arguments for Catholic belief and practice.
No one book can answer everyone's questions or objections about Catholicism, but this work examines seven of the most controversial and most common myths about the Catholic Church.
The Seven Myths:
The Church Opposes Science: The Myth of Catholic Irrationality
The Church Opposes Freedom and Happiness: The Myth of Catholic Indifference to Earthly Welfare
The Church Hates Women: The Myth of Catholic Misogyny
Indifferent to Love, the Church Banned Contraception: The Myth of Opposition between Love and Procreation
The Church Hates Gays: The Myth of Catholic "Homophobia"
The Church Opposes Same-Sex Marriage Because of Bigotry: The Myth That There Is No Rational Basis for Limiting Marriage to One Man and One Woman
Priestly Celibacy Caused the Crisis of Sexual Abuse of Minors: The Myth of Priestly Pedophilia
"As a convert to the Catholic faith, I can testify to the timeliness of Seven Big Myths. Kaczor clears up damaging misconceptions about the Church common among both Catholics and non-Catholics who have been deluged with anti-Catholic propaganda. The book is not only an engaging read, but a splendid conversational resource."
J. Budziszewski, Author, What We Can't Not Know: A Guide
"In this galvanizing book, Prof. Christopher Kaczor demolishes with calm, steady, remorseless logic seven of today's most toxic prejudices against the Faith. Every seminary, every RCIA program, every parish effort in continuing education should make The Seven Big Myths about the Catholic Church required reading."
Ronald K Tacelli, SJ, Author, Handbook of Catholic Apologetics
"Mythology is alive and well! Pagan gods like Zeus, Osiris, and Thor may have passed from the scene, but people today constantly fall for myths about the Catholic Church. Whether it's the idea that the Church is anti-science, anti-women, anti-sex, or what have you, people can't resist a juicy myth about the Catholic Church. That's what makes Dr. Chrisopher Kaczor's book so timely. He cuts through the myth to expose the truth."
Jimmy Akin, Author, The Fathers Know Best
"Dr. Christopher Kaczor is a radio interviewer's dream: concise, wise, and respectful even (perhaps especially?) to hostile callers. The book you now hold displays these qualities in an even more broad and engaging way. The Seven Big Myths About the Catholic Church combats the standard errors about Catholicism (so often flung with anger) with nary a hint of combativeness. Indeed, Kaczor loves his enemy. This book is myth-busting at its best about the things that matter most. Listen up. He knows what he's talking about - and so will you."
Patrick Coffin, Host, Catholic Answers Live