Category: Books

The Scandal of the 2011 Missal

Why in 2011 did we begin to use a translation of the Missal that became a 'stumbling block' for so many celebrants of the Catholic liturgy? A just-published small book explains this admirably.

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‘A Lost Tribe’: a story that should not have ended this way

In 'A Lost Tribe' William King fictionalises the impact of Vatican II on Dublin seminarians of that era. Sean O'Conaill finds the novel a tragic 'explainer'.

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Inclusivity: A Gospel Mandate by Diarmuid O’Murchu (Sept 2015)

The bestselling author of God in the Midst of Change makes the strongest case yet for the kind of church that was and has been, laying bare its historical, theological, and spiritual roots. Diarmuid holds high the millions on the margins of the church who honour Jesus but feel they don’t fit in because of...

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The Chain that binds the earth by Sean O’Conaill (2015)

What sense could eleven-year-olds make of experiences such as domestic abuse and addiction, peer bullying and overbearing teachers - and how might they cope? Sean O'Conaill's upbeat novel celebrates insight and courage.

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The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope by Austen Ivereigh (Nov 2014)

A biography of Pope Francis that describes how this revolutionary thinker will use the power of his position to challenge and redirect one of the world’s most formidable religions An expansive and deeply contextual work, at its heart The Great Reformer is about the intersection of faith and politics–the tension between the pope’s innovative vision...

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Whose Á La Carte Menu? by Angela Hanley (2014)

Whose Á La Carte Menu? takes a number of aspects of Catholic teaching and offers an explanation that respects the intelligence of the reader, yet keeps the information free from technical terms and theological jargon. The scope of the topics discussed is broader than just Church teaching (birth control, papal infallibility, female priests), encompassing issues that are important in the wider...

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The Elephant in the Church by Mary T. Malone (Sept 2014)

Women are the elephant in the Church. They have been perpetually silenced, ignored and discounted. They are not required to make any contribution to the Church, except for obedience. In every public ecclesiastical event, such as the election of a Pope, it is glaringly obvious that women are entirely irrelevant. The silencing of women was...

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Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church: Gender, Power, and Organizational Culture by Marie Keenan (July 2013)

A meticulously researched inside look at child sexual abuse by clergy, this exhaustive, hard-hitting analysis weaves together interviews with abusive priests and church historical and administrative details to propose a new way of thinking about clerical sexual offenders. Linking the personal and the institutional, researcher and therapist Marie Keenan locates the problem of child sexual...

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Letters to pope Francis by Matthew Fox (June 2013)

The election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio to the Papacy marked a series of historic Papal firsts—first Jesuit, first from the Americas and first from the Southern Hemisphere. But most moving was his being the first to take the name of St. Francis. At a time when the Vatican is embroiled in decades-long scandals of the...

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Can We Save the Catholic Church? by Hans Küng (Oct 2013)

The Catholic Church has been nearly destroyed by its resistance to change, censured for its abuses. Pope Francis has promised reform: radical theologian Hans Küng here presents what Catholics have long been yearning for: modern responses to the challenges of a modern world. In 1962 the Second Vatican Council met in the hope they could,...

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