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The Great Facade: Vatican II and the Regime of Novelty in the Roman Catholic Church Paperback – June 15, 2002

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"Must reading. Will be used as a tool in the decades ahead." -- Thomas A. Droleskey, Ph.D., author, _Christ in the Voting Booth_

"Superb--best analysis of the present, parlous state of the Church I've read.... Utterly persuasive." -- Jeffrey Rubin, editor, Conservative Book Club

The analyses, warnings, and proffered solutions are as important to non-Catholic conservatives, even non-believers, as to Catholics. -- Jimmy Cantrell, _The Texas Mercury_

About the Author

Christopher A. Ferrara earned his Baccalaureate and Juris Doctor degrees from Fordham University. He is President and Chief Counsel of the American Catholic Lawyers Association, Inc., a nonprofit religious organization dedicated to defending the religious liberties of Catholics in state and federal litigation, public discourse and debate. He has achieved major appellate victories in pro-life cases. Mr. Ferrara has written extensively on Catholic issues, including the postconciliar crisis in the Catholic Church. His writing has appeared frequently in The Latin Mass, The Remnant, Christian Order, Catholic Family News, and other publications.

Thomas E. Woods, Jr., holds a bachelor's degree in history from Harvard and his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is the author of Ever Ancient, Ever New: Catholic Intellectuals and the Progressive Era (Columbia University Press, 2004, forthcoming), and editor of The Political Writings of Rufus Choate (Regnery, 2002). His writing has appeared in Investor's Business Daily, the Christian Science Monitor, Modern Age, and dozens of other periodicals, and his work has been translated into six languages. He is also a contributor to five encyclopedias, and serves as editor of The Latin Mass magazine.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 422 pages
  • Publisher: The Remnant Press (June 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890740101
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890740108
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,204,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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65 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Steve Jackson on July 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
For some reason, there is a belief shared by both conservatives and liberals, that the Roman Catholic Church is a reactionary institution, intent on squelching all dissent. John Paul II is represented as an extreme reactionary who advances Catholicism in its most traditional form.
Yet what isn't so well known, is that the Roman Catholic Church underwent a cataclysmic event in the 60s: the Second Vatican Council. Although initiated to update the church in the "modern world" it was taken over by the left. One of the leaders at Vatican was John Paul II. While no one denies that there have been dramatic changes since Vatican II, Woods and Ferrara argue that these changes were a direct result of the novelties introduced by Vatican II.
Woods and Ferrara outline the changes since then and show that many have little basis in pre-Vatican II teaching. As a few examples, John Paul II opposes the death penalty, doesn't know if there is anyone in hell, supports evolution, permits altar girls and women serving communion, supports the UN, and holds ecumenical confabs that welcome Voodoo priests. Some reactionary. As our authors point out, had anyone other than John Paul II does these things, he wouldn't be considered much of a conservative. Yet when John Paul does these things, the "neo-Catholics" feel obligated to support him.
Not only is John Paul II something of a progressive, but also what he permits is even more shocking. For example, John Paul named Walter Kasper a bishop and then a cardinal, even though Kasper doesn't even believe that Jesus performed the "nature miracles" of the Scripture, or raised anyone from the dead. [Kasper, JESUS THE CHRIST p. 90.] Even supposed champions of orthodoxy such as Cardinal O'Connor were leftists compared to pre-Vatican II Catholicism.
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47 of 59 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 2003
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If I were rich, I'd buy a copy of this book for every neo-conservative Catholic priest, theologian, religious, and layperson in the world.
While liberal Catholics aren't even in the ballpark and wouldn't dream of letting dogma interfere with their libidos, neo-conservative Catholics truly do love the Church, but are so sadly ignorant about the nature and scope of papal infallibility, and the immutability of eternal truths. This book is their medicine. Every Catholic who's worthy of the name simply must come to terms with what this book presents and fight with all s/he has to "stand fast and hold the traditions" (2 Thessalonians 2:15).
If you come across a Catholic who just loves praying with Protestants, Jews and Muslims, give them a copy of Pope Pius XI's "Mortalium Animos" -- and this book. If you meet another Catholic who calls the Holy Father (John Paul II as of this writing) a "conservative," give them a copy of Pope St. Pius X's "Lamentibili Sane" -- and this book. If you hear (yet another) Catholic gush on about the wonders of Vatican II, give them a copy of Pope Gregory XVI's "Mirari Vos" -- and this book. A lot of what's coming from the Vatican and our local Bishops these days isn't Catholic, as this book shows clearly; the sooner we face up to it, the healthier the Church Militant will be.
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45 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Ryan R. Grant on March 2, 2005
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Few books could be more important for concerned Catholics than this one. Woods and Ferrara present a fair and even handed critique of the abuses, novelties, and seemingly unwarranted changes to almost every aspect of Church life since Vatican II.

The Strength of this book is that it is well footnoted, and everything it purports can be verified in fact by both Church and Secular News.

Woods and Ferrera hit the nail on the head when they begin and center the attack on Post Vatican II reforms on Ecumenism. Just about every misinterpretation of Vatican II, and ambiguity in the council itself has its center in Ecumenism. The authors then continue a relentless and well thought out critique of Vatican positions and non-actions since the close of Vatican II, and help show how Neo-conservatives are doing more to undermine Catholicism by feeling as though the Pope must have the benefit of the doubt when he is doing things that are scandalous and tell other bishops their actions are okay because the Pope does them too. Like the interfaith gatherings at Assisi, the authors treat this very well. If in fact it was just a gathering to pray to God Himself for peace, why in the world did the Pagans there need to go to different places to worship? Its because they were worshiping their false gods, at the Pope's behest! If that's not scandalous, the word has taken on a new term.

Ferrera and Woods also deliver a strong critique of the best Neo-Conservative books and arguments defending the Novus Ordo and the status quo concerning Vatican II.

The only draw backs are that Ferrera and Woods attempt to defend the Society of Pius X by exposing contradictions within the Papal Curia on the subject of whether they are in schism or not.
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