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The Smoke of Satan: Conservative and Traditionalist Dissent in Contemporary American Catholicism Paperback – July 21, 1999
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The scholarship is rather bad, and seemingly based on all the most outrageous quotes he can find as opposed to a realistic and honest appraisal of the Catholic community at large.
For starters, the whole phenomena is treated as though it were almost totally an American phenomena, with only a couple side trips to Canada. It would be legitimate to say "This is all over the world, but I am going to choose to focus most on that part nearest to my own locale." But instead he equates Catholicism with Americanism, American economics (The Wanderer), American utopian colonies (his "Separatists" - more about that in a moment), and American entrepreneurialism (Veronica Leuken), virtually ignoring the truly international, global, worldwide, universal, "Catholic" aspect of traditionalism.
Beginning with the "Conservatives": This book is typical of the writings of leftist academicians, for Mr. Cuneo, anything to the right of Al Gore is "extreme" in the pejorative sense of that word.Read more ›
In passing, it should be noted that Cuneo's implicit categorization of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars with various sedevacantist groups and fraudulant apparitionists is nothing short of outrageous, and raises questions about his objectivity.
If those questions are unfair ones, I suspect that Cuneo is quite capable of producing comprehensive and fair-minded study of conservative and traditionalist Catholicism in the United States. This book, though, is not it.
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Terrible book written by someone who has little to no knowledge of the subject of Traditional Catholics. Try Michael Davies for a good book on the subject.Published 13 months ago by dazee
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The title, "Smoke of Satan", derives from a comment made by Pope Paul VI describing the confusion and rebellion which seemed to have invaded the Roman Catholic Church in the... Read morePublished on April 28, 2000 by Matthew W. Dunn
To a reader with a casual -- rather than a theological or scholarly -- interest in the Church, Michael Cuneo's "The Smoke of Satan" provided an interesting and... Read morePublished on February 25, 2000 by Edward Keenan
Michael Cuneo has done a fair job of suppressing his own bias (without actually hiding it) when discussing those groups dissatisfied with the direction the Church has taken since... Read morePublished on October 24, 1999
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