Saving Those Damned Catholics

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By Judie Brown

Saving Those Damned Catholics chronicles the reasons why the current mess within the Catholic Church is not something that should surprise anyone, whether Catholic, Protestant, or just curious. After all, as the story unfolds you will learn how a bureaucracy has replaced individual commitment; and how politics has become far too appealing to the majority of Catholic bishops. It is no surprise that Americans scoff at Catholic teachings on birth control, abortion and euthanasia. The statistics tell the tale: most Catholics don't know what the Church teaches on these matters of life and death, and if they do, they choose to disagree and - ho-hum - the hierarchy moves on.

Saving Those Damned Catholics outlines the logic behind the most controversial teachings in the Church today, and exposes the arguments put forth by priests and bishops who clearly do not agree with some of these teachings themselves. Astounding as it may seem, there are reasons why federal funding has become more important than protecting innocent life; why popularity among the most liberal of politicians has trumped Pope Benedict XVI's call to be good shepherds and, indeed, to be counter-cultural. There are reasons why homosexuals are still in the seminaries; and there are reasons why the vast majority of Catholics use birth control and condone abortion.

Ever wonder why people like Bill O'Reilly, Ted Kennedy and others in public life get away with distorting Catholic teaching? Scoffing at the truth? Taking it upon themselves to "correct" the Pope on national television? This book will give you a bird's eye view into what is being said and what is not being done to set the record straight.

As Judie Brown put this book together she was able to interview several Catholic priests, including two bishops. One of the most interesting comments she heard is that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is not only a major part of the problem these days, but is an entity that should be deconstructed - abolished, as one priest put it. The bureaucracy has become synonymous with doing nothing to rock the proverbial political boat. But you'll just have to read the book to learn more.

In summary, Saving Those Damned Catholics exposes the warts on the underbelly of the Catholic leadership in America today, and it is not a pretty picture. Too many among them are caught up in a twisted vision of what it takes to effectively lead Catholics. There is too much moral relativism and too little desire to say what is right, especially when doing so will bring down the wrath of the media and maybe even a few politicians.

Paperback 2007

Catholic Church and Church History