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on October 19, 2012
The opening quote from Fulton Sheen best summarizes this book: "There are not more than 100 people in the world who truly hate the Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they perceive to be the Catholic Church." Much of what the culture-at-large thinks is true regarding the Catholic Church, its doctrines, and its practices is mistaken! With great clarity and charity, Kaczor gives common sense explanations that cut through some of the most controversial myths about the Church and exposes the truth. A must-read for all those looking for the truth about the problems plaguing our culture.
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on November 6, 2012
Over the last few years, I've had many discussions with Protestants, Mormons, atheists, and agnostics. If there's one thing they all share in common, it's a profound confusion about what the Catholic Church actually teaches. Venerable Fulton Sheen was right: "There are not more than 100 people in the world who truly hate the Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they perceive to be the Catholic Church."

Dr. Christopher Kaczor agrees, and in his new book The Seven Big Myths about the Catholic Church: Distinguishing Fact from Fiction about Catholicism (Ignatius Press, hardcover, 164 pages) he clears up seven of the biggest misunderstandings. The chosen myths include:

- The Church opposes science
- The Church opposes freedom and happiness
- The Church hates women
- The Church is indifferent to love because she rejects contraception
- The Church hates gays
- The Church opposes same-sex marriage for irrational reasons
- The Church's abuse crisis was due to priestly celibacy

In each chapter, Kaczor untwists the objection by combining Church teaching with historical, psychological, and social data. For example, when proving that the Church supports science, he provides several excerpts from papal teachings that hold reason and research in high regard. Even more, he highlights many great scientists who were either Catholic or educated in Catholic institutions. Finally, he explains how the Catholic Church is one of the biggest proponents of science today through her astronomy labs, research funding, and universities. He deals with controversial subjects, like the Galileo case, but shows how these outliers fit into a much larger, pro-science narrative.

Besides the chapter on science, Kaczor's chapters on contraception and homosexuality are especially sharp. I agree with Dr. Peter Kreeft who says, "The chapter on contraception is the most simple, commonsensical, winsome, and persuasive I have ever seen...The chapter on same-sex marriage has the clearest and the completest logic I have ever read on the subject." If you're looking for straightforward, rational explanations for why the Church opposes both contraception and same-sex marriage, these will help.

My only critique surrounds the second chapter, which deals with the myth that says Catholicism opposes freedom and happiness. The chapter stuck out to me both for its length and its topic. The chapter is twice as long as some of the others, and it addresses an objection which, in my experience, is uncommon among non-Catholics. Like all the others, the chapter is convincing and well-written but I wonder whether another "myth" could have been substituted, perhaps "Catholicism is built on pagan mythology."

In a religiously illiterate world, evangelization is about clarification as much as proclamation. That makes Dr. Kaczor's Seven Big Myths about the Catholic Church a real winner. It's a valuable tool for the New Evangelization and will help clear away the biggest roadblocks people have to the Catholic Church.
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on October 27, 2012
"Clarity and charity" really sums up the quality of Kaczor's defense. The chapters on contraception and homosexual "marriage" are invaluable. The dispelling of the myths is well done, and he provides solid explanations for every one of them. He is correct on all counts.
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on October 24, 2012
Chris Kaczor's new book lives up to the hype. Full of interesting facts about Catholicism. Clear discussion of controversial issues like same sex marriage. Even if you are familiar with these issues, you'll probably get something out of this book.
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on November 27, 2012
Love this book. I will be using it with my Bible Study ladies to help them learn more about the Catholic faith. Can't defend the faith when one doesn't know the faith...a big help for those Catholics who want to learn more about being Catholic and why She teaches what She does.
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on December 26, 2012
This book does a great job debunking these popular myths about the Catholic Church. It explains the truth behind Catholic teachings, including why these teaching make sense and really consistent with a loving point of view. This book challenges the reader to think deeply about these issues so that you can get past the soundbites of popular culture.
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on January 28, 2013
This is solid and needed background for key issues in our world today. Good reference for any thoughtful Catholic library.
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on April 4, 2013
This is another good introduction, (or review, depending on one's progress in the Catholic knowledge base). I think that it is critical for a Catholic who is interested in reinforcing their ability to stand strong in the face of the media onslaught to review and refresh the tents of the faith through works such as this. Similarly the book "How to Defend the Faith without Raising Your Voice is complimentary to this first book.
Stay strong, brothers and sisters. This campaign is not lost unless we give up in despair and abandon the arena.
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on March 28, 2014
The seven myths are: 1&2) The Church opposes Science, and Freedom & Happiness, 3&4) The Church hates women, gay people, 5) The Church is indiffewrent to love, 6) The Church opposes same-sex marriage out of bigotry, and 7) Priestly celibacy caused the sexual abuse of minors crisis. Each of these even myths is diswcussed in detail.
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on January 4, 2013
This book is so good I can not put it down. I read things that made me wonder about other things. Great book
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