Category Archives: REVIEWS

BOOKS RECEIVED: @DouthatNYT on state the Church under Francis (terrific) – John Rist in Reading Augustine series (a scream)

John Rist is one of the best working scholars on Augustine and writers on ethics in the world.   His books are fantastic, but they are hard.
Who is this guy?  HERE  He was also one of my profs in Rome.
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BOOK RECEIVED about Martin Luther (not King but by “King”)

It seems appropriate to post this today.
I recently received a hardback copy of a new book about Martin Luther by Richard Rex (“King”), professor of Reformation history at Cambridge.
The Making of Martin Luther (Princeton Univ. Press, 2017)
US HERE – UK … Continue reading

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BOOK NOTES – What I’m receiving and reading about the “spirit of Vatican II”, the Devil, priests in history

I have a lot of books stacked up.  Happily, I receive them from authors and publishers.  I can’t possibly get to them all.  But I can get to some.
For example…
Among the books I have recently received I note especially…
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BOOKS: Marcel Lefebvre on the Rosary, Biography of Blaise Pascal

I’m looking forward to getting into these, which have come recently.
Le rosaire avec Mgr Marcel Lefebvre (in French)
US HERE – UK HERE

It’s a collection prepared by an SSPX priest Fr. Patrick Toadec.   There is a Preface by SSPX Superior Bp. … Continue reading

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NEW BOOK: Heroism and Genius: How Catholic Priests Helped Build—and Can Help Rebuild—Western Civilization

I recently received a book by Fr. William J. Slattery which has been truly intrigued.
Heroism and Genius: How Catholic Priests Helped Build—and Can Help Rebuild—Western Civilization
US HERE – UK HERE
What’s this about?   Our author says:
With stubborn facts historians have given … Continue reading

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Controversial Book about Pope Francis: “The Dictator Pope”

UPDATE:
I am just about done with this.  It’s quite a read.  Among other things it is a summary of events of the last few years.
At the pace of the modern world, one forgets.
It is in English, too.  Links below.
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BOOK RECOMMENDATION: The Theology of Prayer

One of you readers sent a book from my Amazon wishlist (thanks, S).  I have started to dig in and it is great.
Joseph Clifford Fenton’s The Theology of Prayer
US HERE – UK HERE

I was immediately struck by the different style of … Continue reading

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BOOKS: My recent and future reads

Here are some titles I’ve gotten into lately.
First, this – from my Kindle wishlist – arrived from reader today and I have already started.
The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left by Dinesh D’Souza
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BOOKS RECEIVED: A Catholic Defense of Capital Punishment

Anything written by Edward Feser is reliable and worth time.  He recently joined forces with Joseph M. Bessette to create a new book exploring Catholic teaching about the hotly discussed “death penalty”.
James V. Schall, S.J. says of this book: “At … Continue reading

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CH: “Cardinal Kasper chases the spectre of Luther”

As you may know by now, the Catholic Herald is the UK’s best Catholic weekly.  This week in the print and online digital edition there is a review of a new book – released in time for this year’s LutherFest!  
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BOOKS RECEIVED: New and Repeaters

Publishers send me books. I can’t read all of them, but I can give them a good scan. Here are a few of the more recently received.

You will have already seen the book on Luther, which I wrote about HERE. … Continue reading

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Good Summer Reading: William Forstchen – Lost Regiment Series

During the American Civil War a Union regiment is being transported by ship.  They fall into a tunnel of light and emerge on the ocean of another planet.  They rapidly encounter the descendants of 10th century Russians.   There is conflict.  But … Continue reading

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REVIEW: A beautiful Catholic ABC Book for children

This morning after Holy Mass I was given a wonderful book.  It’s a children’s book, but no matter: it’s a delightful reprint of an old ABC or Alphabet Book.
It doesn’t get more Catholic than this!  This would be a great … Continue reading

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GOOD BOOKS: For LutherFest 500 and for the TLM

I get quite a few books for review. I can’t handle all of them, but this one, for sure, I will recommend even before I read it… and I will read it. This is timely.
Luther and His Progeny: 500 Years … Continue reading

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New book about influences of Communism and Socialism on Pope Francis

I arose today to a loud PING on my phone as a friend in Rome sent me a link to a piece in the American Spectator by the hardly-ever-subtle George Neumayr about the influence of Communism and Socialism on Pope Francis.
The Spectator provides … Continue reading

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