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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: American Life League; First Edition edition (December 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450796699
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450796699
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,355,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Broken Path is an amazing, disturbing, thought provoking, and ultimately uplifting book by one of the true heroes of the pro-life movement. It's eminently readable and, at least for me, a real page-turner. Once I started reading, I had a hard time putting it down.

As upsetting as the issues raised and indictments made by author Judie Brown are, she is anything but a Catholic basher. She loves the Catholic Church and wants nothing more than to see it return to a path of righteousness. As she says at the end of the book's introduction "I am not going to stand or walk on a broken path and continue to watch souls go the wrong way. I love being Catholic and I want others to see why. It is my sincere hope that this book straightens the path for those who are concerned about what is at stake when a Catholic bishop or his spokespeople get lost in the weeds of American politics."

From there Ms. Brown details sins of commission and omission by a number of bishops, naming names (including the bishop of the diocese in which I live) but also praises those bishops, sadly in the minority, who have courageously stood up for the true teachings of the Church. From the first chapter - How it all Began - to the final pages filled with hope and action items, each chapter transitions logically and smoothly from the last. Many chapters have action items of their own regarding how best to put the Church on the right path.

If you're confused about why so many Catholic bishops don't stand up to courageously defend the most fundamental of life issues the Catholic Church teaches, The Broken Path will set you straight.
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Judie Brown's book, "The Broken Path," is a critical read and solid reference for all serious pro-life Catholics, as well as others who understand that the battle for the protection of human life is ground zero in the culture wars. The soul of this great American nation and its future hang in the balance. Whether, it the latest Apple release or the latest Supreme Court ruling, the eyes of the world are still on America. What happens here is still important.

This book is authoritative, well referenced and hard-hitting. It is a call to coherence, and a call for an authentic protection of the Sanctity of Human Life from natural conception to natural death. The uneven history of our American Shepherds is reviewed in a pointed, but calm and hopeful manner. The continuum from Bishop Robert Lynch (who silently oversaw the death by starvation of Terri Schiavo) to Cardinal Raymond Burke, now Apostolic Signature in Rome, is documented. There is, of course, much that is still needed from our Shepherds. Kathleen Sebelius begs the question, what more can she possibly do to earn excommunication by our Shepherds?

There is clear evidence, however, that we are witnessing a solidarity and level of Episcopal courage because of these dictatorial HHS mandates that we have not previously seen. There is a certain irony to the observation that the Obama administration, may be doing what a half-century of popes have not be able to accomplish--unite American Roman Catholics.
Brown in Chapter 10 reviews "Perverse Health Care Ethics" or as she states "Catholic medical ethics run amuck." She is completely on target with her observations.
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At the start, it is vital to note the identity of Judie Brown. In addition to founding the American Life League, Brown was appointed to the Pontifical Academy for Life by Pope John Paul II & reappointed by Pope Benedict XVI. Clearly, this is a lay person, whom the Holy Fathers believe well worth giving a listen!

Right in the introduction, Brown signals that the listen will sometimes be painful: "the leadership of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops...has taken the moral currency of Catholic doctrine and, to a large extent, squandered it on securing seats at the table of the political and cultural powebrokers in America....Catholic structures, such as schools and hospitals, have grown dependent on government financial support....An ordained priest, including Catholic bishops, cannot feed the hungry soul when he is more interested in playing footsie with politicians" (pp. viii - xii). Ouch! Brown pulls no punches!

In many ways, Brown's revelations about the state of Catholic institutions - particularly Catholic health care services - do not constitute an expose at all. She is just restating what has been revealed elsewhere (and seemingly dismissed.). Just a few examples....

As per a 2/29/08 LifeSiteNews report,
* "Catholic hospitals in several dioceses in North America are currently administering the pill (Plan B) to patients who claim to be victims of rape....The only Vatican opinion on the subject, absolutely prohibiting the use of the pill, was released by the Pontifical Academy for Life in 2000. Since then, however, the Catholic Health Association, advisor to many bishops conferences, has suggested that there is no moral impediment to using the pill in cases of rape....[We] asked Bishop Sgreccia if there was an exception in cases of rape.
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