The Great Façade: The Regime of Novelty in the Catholic Church from Vatican II to the Francis Revolu 2nd Edition
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"One of the most important books of the post-conciliar era, The Great Façade has earned the right to share the top shelf with such masterworks as the trilogy of Michael Davies, Romano Amerio's Iota Unum and von Hildebrand's The Devastated Vineyard. As the original publisher of this magnum opus, I am delighted that Angelico Press has brought out a new edition in which Mr. Ferrara provides six additional chapters documenting the rapid advances of 'the regime of novelty' following what he calls The Benedictine Respite. With its almost literally up-to-the-minute analysis of 'the Francis Revolution,' this work is now more important than ever."--MICHAEL MATT, Editor, The Remnant
"The second edition of The Great Facade tells the story of the crumbling veneer obscuring the glorious Catholic Church, updated to the very eve of its publication. This book is a necessity for anyone who senses the failure of the attempts of neo-Catholics to cover over the cracks in this crumbling edifice of post-conciliar innovation. As always, Chris Ferrara narrates his case against the viruses of novelty and their neo-Catholic apologists with painstaking documentation and a lively and witty style."--BRIAN M. MCCALL, author of To Build the City of God
"God is the Most Real Being. In contrast, the note of today's Church often seems unreality--happy talk, avoiding issues, one-sided rhetoric masking self-contradiction and dubious projects. For a while it seemed that repeated disaster might be bringing back a certain sobriety, but no such luck. In such a setting, The Great Facade is more necessary than ever as a spirited brief against the fantasies of recent decades, and an appeal to Catholics and the Church to return to what they have been, in order to become what they most truly are."--JAMES KALB, author of Against Inclusiveness
"This long awaited second edition documents the 'regime of novelty' up to the present moment. It contains the most comprehensive analysis of Pope Francis's tumultuous pontificate to date."--JOHN VENNARI, Editor, Catholic Family News
"[S]uperb--best analysis of the present, parlous state of the Church I have read.... A marvel of clear, careful argument, and utterly persuasive."--JEFFREY RUBIN, convert and former editor of The Conservative Book Club
About the Author
THOMAS E. WOODS, JR., holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard and master's, M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has authored twelve books, including two New York Times bestsellers--Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse, and The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History. His two most recent books are Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse and Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century. He lives with his wife and five daughters in Topeka, Kansas.
- Publisher : Angelico Press; 2nd edition (September 18, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 574 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1621381498
- ISBN-13 : 978-1621381495
- Item Weight : 1.83 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.44 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #517,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I consider this book to be an ideal companion to H. Sire's "Phoenix from the Ashes," which presents a similar critique against a much broader historical and philosophical background. Sire has the long view, but Ferrara and Woods furnish the nitty-gritty details. Together they are a devastating one-two punch.
For those who remember seeing this book, "The Great Facade," when it first appeared in 2002, it is important to recognize that this second edition contains about 250 new pages by Ferrara on the pontificates of Benedict and Francis (given as Part IV of the work). The analysis here is better than anything I've read elsewhere, and goes vastly beyond Sire, who says relatively little about these pontificates. So, even if you already own or have read the first edition, it's well worth it to get the second much-expanded edition, which has, in addition, the advantage of being more handsomely printed and bound.
One little thing that may be confusing to readers: the text of Parts I, II, and III of this book are reprinted exactly as they appeared in 2002, so one is stepping into a time-warp when reading those parts and has to bear in mind the chronological perspective (e.g., one is reading about the Holy Father John Paul II and his assistant Cardinal Ratzinger). Once we get to Part IV, we are squarely in 2015. I can see why the authors decided to leave Parts I-III this way; a chronological revision would have involved a total rewriting, and the 2002 edition already has something of the status of a classic that should be left intact as an historical record.
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That said, I wonder whether the authors' argument would be stronger if they were more generous in admitting the flaws of pre-VII Catholicism that were seen to be in need of correction. Perhaps this is best left to another book, which I'd gladly buy.
As a convert, it's hard to see back through the council to what existed before. Traditionalists may be best-placed to take us back through the mist to show the church it's pre-conciliar glory, but (to mix metaphors) I'd like to see the warts too...