Category Archives: Book Reviews

Category: Book Reviews


Mary I, England’s Catholic Queen of Undeserved Reputation

Review of Mary Tudor, England’s First Queen Regnant – Truth is the Daughter of Time by Gregory Slysz. Gracewing, United Kingdom 2015 by Eleonore Villarrubia Recently I read a review of a book about the 1641 Irish Rebellion. The reviewer called the many “historical” versions of that event — all written by Protestant Englishmen — “The Big Lie.” No doubt many events throughout history have … More →

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God or Nothing

Our subject here is an important and inspiring book published earlier this year, God or Nothing. It resembles The Ratzinger Report, a record of conversations between a journalist and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI when the latter was still Prefect of the Congregation for the Faith. God or Nothing records conversations between a journalist, Nicholas Diat, and Robert Cardinal Sarah, for twenty-three years the Archbishop of … More →

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Catholic Author Exposes Bigotry of The Boston Globe

The Hollywood formula film Spotlight, which celebrates The Boston Globe for its campaign to bring down the Catholic Church by revealing that hundreds of minors in the Archdiocese of Boston were molested by perverted priests—who are always carefully described as pedophiles and sexual abusers, rather than what they actually were, homosexual predators—opened today in Boston and throughout the nation. Predictably, the intrepid reporters of Morrissey … More →

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‘The Rigging of a Vatican Synod?’ by Edward Pentin

(Rorate Caeli) In addition to the recent publication of the two pre-Synod books written by prelates of the Catholic Church, namely the Eleven Cardinals Book and the African Prelates Book, a book written by a reliably faithful layman is also of great importance in the wider preparation for the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Family. Edward Pentin, the well-respected Vatican Correspondent, has published with Ignatius … More →

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‘Latin Mass Magazine’ Book Review Mentions Brothers Francis and André

The Summer, 2015 issue of the traditional Catholic quarterly, The Latin Mass, features a four-page book review authored by Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro-Carámbula. The book reviewed is A Catholic Witness in Our Time: A Festschrift for Dr. Robert Hickson: Essays and Remembrances in His Honor. The volume is a compilation of papers presented at a surprise party held for our friend and collaborator, Robert Hickson. (His lovely wife, Maike, organized all this secretly.) Of … More →

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The Real Truth About the Crusades: The Glory of the Crusades

Haven’t we all at some time in our discussions with Catholics, both practicing and fallen-away, and with non-Catholics alike, heard the comment in the middle of a conversation, “But what about the Crusades; what about the Inquisition?” While we make our point on some other aspect of the Faith, these two topics are invariably brought up to throw us off kilter because they absolutely know … More →

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‘The Family Under Attack’: a Much Needed Guide for the Synod on the Family

Loreto Publications has just published an important and very timely book. The Family Under Attack, written under a pseudonym by a traditional Catholic priest with broad and deep scholarly learning, comes right in time for the second part of the Synod of Bishops on Marriage and the Family, which will take place in October 2015 in Rome. Don Pietro Leone — the author’s nom de … More →

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The Conflict Between the North and the South–A Book Review

Volume I – The North and the South and Secession: Who was in the Right? An Examination of Cause and Right Adam Miller is a brave man to tackle this touchy subject — the American Civil War, or (more correctly) the War Between the States, or (as he prefers) the War of Northern Aggression. As he explains, it cannot correctly be called a “civil” war, … More →

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The Saint as a Counterrevolutionary: Some Depictions in the Historical Novel Stephana Schwertner by Enrica von Handel-Mazzetti

In the last few weeks, the Catholic Church has been faced with some grave assaults on the moral teaching of the Her Incarnate Divine Founder, Jesus Christ, as was in part disclosed in the public documents of the Synod of Bishops in Rome (5-19 October 2014). Each Catholic is now confronted with the question of how he should more deeply contribute to the defense of … More →

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Review of Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior is Changing Everything

Review of Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior is Changing Everything. Robert Reilly. Ignatius Press, 2014. Robert Reilly has tackled head-on the drastic change in our society ongoing for the past several years; in fact, one could say that he has collided with this issue by exposing the rationale of its leaders in collusion with the current national administration, pushing the “gay” agenda to … More →

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Lessons from the Charterhouse

Due to the kindness of a benefactor, the Brothers recently came into possession of the book, The Prayer of Love and Silence, which Father David Phillipson had recommended from our pulpit some weeks previously. Its author is “A Carthusian,” so named due to a custom of the Carthusian Order1 that guards the monks’ hiddenness and silence. The volume is a translation of two works that originally appeared … More →

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Review of The Church Ascending by Dr. Diane Moczar

A New Title for a First Book: Review of The Church Ascending by Dr. Diane Moczar. Sophia Press, 2014 This is not a new book by this talented author, but a reprint of her first book, What Every Catholic Wants to Know, originally published in 2006. That work, under the old title, is now out of print. The Church Ascending is Dr. Moczar’s first effort … More →

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Catholic Faith and Morals Lambasted in New Father Serra Book

I cite Jeff Mirus’ book review on Catholic Culture only because I have not myself read Gregory Orfalea’s book Journey to the Sun, offered by Ignatius Press. From what Mirus’ provides I would be far less commendatory than he. The reviewer tries too hard not to be overly critical; but critical he is, and rightly so.  I can only surmise, after reading this overview, that this book is … More →

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A Review of ‘The Church Under Attack’

My favorite popular Catholic historian has done it again! How does she do it? Dr. Diane Moczar seems to have a gift not only for digging up and remembering thousands of details of Catholic history throughout the ages, but she writes with a flair that grabs our interest from the very first words of her book, The Church Under Attack: Five Hundred Years That Split … More →

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The Journey of Joseph Pearce

Review of Race with the Devil: My Journey from Racial Hatred to Rational Love, by Joseph Pearce. Saint Benedict Press, 2013 Captivated by Joseph Pearce’s spiritual biography of the great Russian writer, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, and knowing that he has recently become writer-in-residence at New Hampshire’s Thomas More College, I was eager to read the biographer’s own story of conversion from militant racism and atheism to … More →

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