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Why Catholics Are Right Hardcover – April 12, 2011

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Editorial Reviews


"Michael Coren has written a case for the Catholic faith that is the rarest kind of book: wonderfully readable, intellectually vigorous and stylish in its force. . . .The whole text is alive with fidelity, penetrating intelligence and the irony of our times, expressed with consummate skill. Highly recommended."
—Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Denver, Colorado
"Fearless. Unpredictable. Funny. Never boring. There's nobody and nothing like Michael Coren in journalism anywhere."
—David Frum

About the Author

MICHAEL COREN is the bestselling author of twelve books, including biographies of G.K. Chesterton, H.G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, J.R.R. Tolkein, and C.S. Lewis. He is the host of The Michael Coren Show, a nightly television talk show with an audience of 250,000 viewers. He also hosts a daily radio show and writes a syndicated column for ten daily newspapers.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771023219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771023217
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,164,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ETA (May 24, 2015): I read one more of Coren's books but stopped at that point as his public persona and opinion became one that no longer held any sway over me. I stopped following him online and in print all together early last year (2014). He has now converted to Anglicanism and has a checkered past of conversion to various religions. Coren's current personal stuatus does not venture me to resind my review of this book. I am still a devout Catholic and agree with the sentiments I make in the review and Coren's current status does not alter the facts that he once supported.

Reason for Reading: I love Michael Coren's TV show, I am a Catholic and the provocative title did its trick and grabbed my interest. But I would read any book by Coren on religion or politics, though I don't always agree with him on the latter.

This book is unapologetically, in fact, is proudly, Catholic. Written by a Catholic to give a Catholic point of view on Catholic teachings and Catholic issues. Unfortunately, there remains one last prejudice in this world that is fine and dandy to behold and that is anti-Catholicism. Some Christians may feel that prejudice against any form of Christianity is rampant, and while that is true to a certain degree, even some non-Catholic Christians can be as vicious as anyone else in their anti-Catholic vitriol. Search the net; it won't take you long to find one of these "discussions", even in major newspaper comment sections.

Michael Coren's book hits on all the major topics, and even the minor topics, that non-Catholics and the media are so upset, uninformed and plain wrong about. This is a short book so doesn't go into theological academia to prove its points but does go plenty deep enough to get at the truth.
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I have watched Mr. Coren for nearly a year now via his Canadian television show. Unlike many conservative Christian commentators in America, Mr. Coren kindly and with conviction states his opinion whilst allowing all views to still be heard. He takes the same approach with this book, which is not an attack on other faiths but is Mr. Coren's attempt to clear up confusion about the Catholic Church's history, theology, and cultural beliefs. This book is an excellent read for those wanting to either defend their Catholic beliefs more strongly, or simply for inquisitive minds who want to know more about the Church. I am not even Catholic but have greatly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to anyone.
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Michael Coren has authored a work critically important to the Church today, for the gathered and the scattered alike. For the gathered, that is, serious Catholics, "Why Catholics are Right" will provide insight into the common arguments and attacks against our faith. This is not traditional apologetics. Coren uses his vast understanding of contemporary western culture and thought and skilfully demonstrates his award winning journalistic prowess as he covers the principal historical and current views which support the Truth of Catholicism, the same Truth today as yesterday. For the scattered, cultural, lukewarm and/or dissenting Catholics, Coren provides compelling, even encouraging reasons to exercise the God given freedom of choice to come back into the Church, or admit oneself outside of the Church, but by all means to stop using the same old tired and simply untrue arguments against the Holy Roman Catholic Church because the Church of Jesus Christ simply may not suit them. It is about being honest really, and "Why Catholics are Right" is the most honest book covering these topics in years.
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After reading Michael Coren's book from cover to cover, I've realized I like him better on television and as a columnist. This book, while not necessarily bad, is somewhat weak tea both as Christian apologetics and as a representation of his own skills. Michael is so engaging when he's duking it out in a scrum with guys like David Menzies and Harry Kopyto on TV, or when he's tearing into liberal stupidity in the Toronto Sun. The book simply reiterates many of the same arguments one can easily find reading Catholic blogs on the web without really adding anything to them.

The Goods:

Michael pulls no punches in regards to the roots of post-modern anti-Catholicism: It's all about sex. Opposition to the Church's authority, be it from inside among liberal Catholics or outside among secularists, centers around its teachings on human sexuality. Michael is spot on in tracing many anti-Catholic arguments back to this point. Interestingly enough, Michael even traces the "Nazi Pope" accusation of Pius XII back to this issue, claiming that this accusation was disseminated by disgruntled postmodern intellectuals and angry ex-Catholics during the sixties who were pushing for the Church to "get with the times" on life and sexuality issues. I'm glad Michael picked up on this thread in the discourse and pulled it out for everyone to look at. I will also say that his defense of Pius XII was well informed and instructive.

The Ugh:

Michael makes some very facile arguments at times "Popes tortured people during the Inquisition...well maybe so but "everyone" tortured people back then". The "other people did it too" argument appears way too much. I understand the tendency to do so, but it lowers the level of the discourse.
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