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Common Sense Catholicism: How to Resolve our Cultural Crisis Paperback – April 23, 2019
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"Bill Donohue, in addition to his crusading work defending religious rights as head of the Catholic League, is a brilliant social scientist. Here his gifts are on full display. In this important book he reveals how we can all apply the common sense wisdom of Catholicism to our daily lives and remedy our current cultural crisis."
— Raymond Arroyo,New York Times Best-Selling Author, Fox News Contributor, The World Over Host
"In this rousing defense of common sense and the Catholic intellectual tradition, celebrated social scientist William Donohue exposes the perils of a society in thrall to ideologically driven academics and points the way back to sanity and human flourishing."
—Thomas Williams, Ph.D., Theologian, Best-Selling Author, Breitbart News Rome Bureau Chief
"Bill Donohue has a well-earned reputation as a vigorous defender of Catholicism, but he is also an astute critic of crackbrained policies in conflict with the good of individuals and society. In Common Sense Catholicism Donohue brings together both roles in a forceful analysis of confused thinking about human freedom as it applies to everything from sex to economics. This well-reasoned and accessible study shows that the woes plaguing our society can be cured only by returning to the common sense reading of human nature embodied in the Catholic social tradition and the worldview of the American founders."
— Russell Shaw, Author, American Church and Catholics in America
"In the absence of common sense, inhuman and cruel ideologies that are spread through brainwashing, coercion, and even violence rise up to fill the void. Bill Donahue identifies the causes and the outcomes of the growth in our society of preposterous systems of thought that dehumanize us. The remedy he proposes for societal and personal flourishing is a renewed embrace of the social teaching of the Catholic faith and the natural law philosophy that underlies that teaching."
— Fr. Gerald Murray, Pastor, Holy Family Church, New York; Member of EWTN's Papal Posse
About the Author
Bill Donohue is president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights and publisher of the league's journal, Catalyst. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University and is the author of several books on civil liberties, social issues, and Catholicism. A noted TV personality, Bill is an outspoken defender of the Catholic Church and traditional moral values.
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Paperback : 291 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1621642097
- ISBN-13 : 978-1621642091
- Product Dimensions : 5.3 x 0.9 x 7.9 inches
- Publisher : Ignatius Press (April 23, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #638,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is much like that. I think Donohue is on the right track as he writes about issues touching on Liberty, Equality and Fraternity in six chapters. He is really down on college professors. I think you can say "rightly so" for some. He calls out many others, too.
There is a crisis in our culture. I think the Church and culture will survive this (although it probably will not be in our lifetimes). We have to be eternally vigilant, however, in the struggle against apostasy and for "common sense Catholicism."
What I find weak or missing in this book is the call to follow Jesus and to live a lively faith through an encounter with Christ in the Church. The gates of hell will not destroy the Church; Jesus is victorious over sin, Satan and darkness. I think that the book needs a stronger proclamation on remaining faithful to Christ and on the Holy Spirit leading us. Ultimately it is not our work, but Jesus' using us.
What I find missing is why I gave this book four stars rather than five.
This book is necessary reading because so much in modern culture is lacking in common sense and wisdom. Bill Donohue makes several cogent points in this book:
Common sense is native good judgment. It’s seeing things as they are and then making good decisions, and then doing the right thing. To have common sense, you need the correct worldview, and the correct worldview is Catholicism. Catholicism sees the world as it truly is, knows the purpose of life, and provides the foundation for common sense.
Freedom is the right to do good, not evil. The truth will set you free because when you know the truth about right and wrong, you are free to do what is right and to avoid the slavery that results from doing what is wrong.
A good government is a government that helps you to be good. Sadly, our government too often promotes hedonism and materialism, both of which help you to be bad. Also, too many government programs lack common sense and not only fail to achieve their intended purpose, but they often backfire and make the problem worse.
The section on the innate differences between men and women was well written and perceptive. Women have no greater champion than the Catholic Church.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton was once asked why he was a Catholic, and he replied, “What else is there?” The interviewer then replied by listing several other major religions and philosophies, to which Chesterton answered, “Exactly!” His point was that Catholicism was true, beautiful, and good and in a class by itself.
Now we are engaged in a great struggle to see if America, and indeed in Western civilization itself, can long endure. And only Catholicism has the truth, wisdom and capacity to save Western civilization. Reading this noble book will inspire you and prepare you for battle.
As Bill Donohue demonstrates, being a Catholic is just common sense.