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Late exorcist’s words lift the veil on the demonic, Satan
Mar. 20, 2017, By Allan F. Wright
“An Exorcist Explains the Demonic: The Antics of Satan and His Army of Fallen Angels” by Father Gabriele Amorth with Stefano Stimamiglio. Sophia Institute Press (Manchester, New Hampshire, 2016). 145 pp., $14.95.  

Book explores costs of Catholic polarization
Mar. 20, 2017, By Eugene J. Fisher
“Polarization in the U.S. Catholic Church: Naming the Wounds, Beginning to Heal,” edited by Mary Ellen Konieczny, Charles C. Camosy and Tricia C. Bruce. Liturgical Press (Collegeville, Minnesota, 2016). 175 pp., $19.95.  

Friar-turned-lawyer writes novels about lawyer-turned-friar
Mar. 20, 2017, By Mark Pattison
WASHINGTON – Even though William Brodrick gave up the monastic life in the Augustinian order, just before priestly ordination, to be a lawyer, another call also had been tugging at him. It was persistent, and it didn’t let go.  

State librarian emeritus pens history of Catholics in America
Jan. 9, 2017, By Valerie Schmalz
“The history of Catholicism in America is not simply Catholic history. It is American history …” That statement from California state librarian emeritus Kevin Starr sets the direction of “Continental Ambitions: Roman Catholics in North America: The ...

Despite flaws, book has much to offer parishes dealing with diversity
Jan. 9, 2017, By Daniel S. Mulhall
“Building Bridges, Not Walls: Nourishing Diverse Cultures in Faith” (“Construyamos puentes, no muros: Alimentar a las diversas culturas en la fe”), by John Francis Burke, translated into Spanish by Marco Batta. Liturgical Press (Collegeville, ...

‘I’ll Never Tell’: Memoir of a ‘rock & roll’ priest
Dec. 13, 2016, By Christina Gray
“I’ll Never Tell: Odyssey of a Rock & Roll Priest” is a new memoir from Sand Hill Review Press by retired Archdiocese of San Francisco priest Msgr. Harry G. Schlitt, a self-described small town boy from Missouri whose vocation as a “radio ...

Readable narrative of the Nov. 2, 1963, assassination of Catholic president of Vietnam
Oct. 17, 2016, By Robert Graffio
“The Lost Mandate of Heaven: The American Betrayal of Ngo Dinh Diem, President of Vietnam” by Dr. Geoffrey DT Shaw. Ignatius Press (San Francisco, 2015), $24.95.  

Stroll, journey offer different paths to confronting stress
Aug. 22, 2016, By Brian T. Olszewski
Sure, you’ve heard dozens of talks and homilies about the Eight Beatitudes, but have you ever taken “a friendly stroll” through them? Sister Mary Lea Hill, a Daughter of St. Paul, invites readers to do that in “Blessed are the Stressed: Secrets to a Happy ...

Books offer insights on conflict, leadership for church ministers
Jul. 12, 2016, By Daniel S. Mulhall
“Redeeming Conflict: 12 Habits for Christian Leaders” by Ann M. Garrido. Ave Maria Press (Notre Dame, Indiana, 2016). 270 pp., $15.95. “To Heal, Proclaim and Teach: The Essential Guide to Ministry in Today’s Catholic Church” by Jared ...

Despite flaws, book offers insights into Bible women
Jun. 7, 2016, By Eugene Fisher
“Good Girls, Bad Girls of the New Testament: Their Enduring Lessons” by T.J. Wray. Rowman & Littlefield (Lanham, Maryland, 2016). 233 pp., $26.95.  

‘Simple, not silly’: Children’s questions become book by Pope Francis
Feb. 2, 2016, By Cindy Wooden
VATICAN CITY – Children may say the darnedest things, but when it comes to questions about faith they can make even the most learned parents and priests pause.  

New children’s books on saints, traditions make great Christmas gifts
Dec. 15, 2015, By Regina Lordan
WASHINGTON – The following books are suitable for Christmas giving:  

Author has tips for parents to encourage children to come back to church
Dec. 14, 2015, By Veronica Ambuul
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – It’s a scenario that will probably play out in thousands of homes across the country this Christmas: A young adult goes home for the holidays and announces that he or she no longer attends Mass.  

Wills’ book fails to deliver on promised look at future under Francis
Apr. 28, 2015, By Kathleen Finley
“The Future of the Catholic Church With Pope Francis” by Garry Wills. Viking Press (New York, 2015). 249 pp., $27.95.

Slim volume offers amazing depth in look at history of Jesuits
Apr. 28, 2015, By David Gibson
“The Jesuits: A History From Ignatius to the Present” by Father John W. O’Malley, S.J. A Sheed and Ward book published by Rowman and Littlefield (Lanham, Maryland, 2014). 129 pp., $22.  

Books view Pope Francis from varied perspectives
Apr. 15, 2015, By Allan F. Wright
“Pope Francis: Life and Revolution” by Elisabetta Pique. Loyola Press (Chicago, 2014). 312 pp, $22.95. “Fioretti: The Little Flowers of Pope Francis” by Andrea Tornielli. Ignatius Press (San Francisco, 2014). 185 pp, $16.85. “The Spirit of St. ...

Bishop hopes ‘fictional memoir’ has appeal for Catholics, non-Catholics
Apr. 15, 2015, By Mark Pattison
WASHINGTON– “I’m no author,” averred retired Bishop Francis A. Quinn of Sacramento.

Late priest’s new book aims to help readers take on moral relativism
Apr. 8, 2015, By Brian Welter
“American Babylon: Notes of a Christian Exile” by Richard John Neuhaus. Basic Books (New York, 2009). 288 pp., $31.

Vatican astronomers’ book uses humor to explore faith, science
Apr. 7, 2015, By Regina Lordan
“Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? ... and Other Questions From the Astronomers’ Inbox at the Vatican Observatory” by Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno and Jesuit Father Paul Mueller. Image (New York, 2014). 293 pp., $25.

Serenity prayer key to peace and happiness, says priest-author
Apr. 1, 2015, By Jan Kilby
“The Way of Serenity: Finding Peace and Happiness in the Serenity Prayer” by Jonathan Morris. HarperOne (San Francisco, 2014). 231 pp., $24.99.

Spiritual memoir traces academic’s path from atheist to Catholic
Feb. 18, 2015, By Nancy L. Roberts
“Not God’s Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms” by Holly Ordway. Ignatius Press (San Francisco, 2014). 186 pp., hardcover, $19.95.






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