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  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586172182
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586172183
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,856,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Russell Shaw is a long-time Catholic journalist of impeccable honesty and courage. His new book, *Nothing to Hide* reveals the hidden causes of the recent scandals in the Church, and prescribes the changes that need to be made so that the Church can heal. The remedies he prescribes may be painful to some, especially in the hierarchy, but they will be welcome to most Catholics outside the charmed, and sometimes not so charming, closed circle of insiders.

Shaw is that rare Catholic analyst of Church affairs - a loyalist without being an apologizer. As a bonus, he writes well and the text moves quickly and forcefully.
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Good opinion and analysis of the issue of transparency that is needed in the Church. Shaw's call for more openess is the core of the call of Vatican II. However, I think that more change in the model is needed before the Church will become more of a communion of Christ's body.

Jason Berry's Render on the Rome is a great companion piece, as he demonstrates the fallout of what Shaw decries in this book.
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Having just read Russell Shaw's book I haven't had a good deal of time to mull over and digest the many interesting facts and insights within its pages.

The book clarifies how truth and openness work at the heart of unity within the Church and how openness ties directly into our communion as members of the body of the church. Mr. Shaw also makes many helpful observations regarding clericalism (an elitist culture among clerics that gives deference to clerics over the common layman) and it's corrosive affects on a vibrant living community of faithful Christians.

Here's an interesting quotation:

"[T]he Church is a communion, not a political democracy; therefore openness and accountability are even more important in the Church than they are in a democracy." I've drawn this quotation from page 9 of the introduction.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the life and history of our church. The book addresses the misuse of secrecy by bishops and priests and the corrosive affect that secrecy has on the life and spirit of the Church. It does much to provide practical, well reasoned steps to help the Church function in our society and to embrace the implications for our Church to fully be of the Church of Christ.

Mr. Shaw's writing style accommodates the reader and carries him through the material easily. He quotes from many of the essential documents of Vatican II and of later years regarding communication within the church and from the church to the world.

The book could, and I would suggest ought, to be used as a primer for the formation of those lay people who wish to participate in parish and diocesan councils. The text provides much substantial information from essential encyclicals and Vatican II documents. In this way the book does a great deal to inform and educated interested members of the faithful, and offers further areas of study as well.
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