Thursday, January 29, 2009
Being shallow now
The recently published interviews of 37 prominent American Catholics (and ex-Catholics) on their relationship with their faith is a "verbal collage of what went wrong with a generation," OSV publisher Greg Erlandson writes in a review in our Feb. 8 issue:
"Being Catholic Now" (Crown, $24.95), by Kerry Kennedy, is the kind of book that gives me a headache.
"There is so much wrong about it, so many proud manifestations of ignorance, so much smug self-absorption on the part of Kennedy and the many 'prominent Americans' she interviewed that it is a chore to make it through a single chapter, much less the entire book.
"It is the kind of book that had me talking out loud, and writing notes in the margins IN CAPITAL LETTERS with exclamation points.
"And yet I can recommend it as a sociological treasure, a verbal collage of what went wrong with a generation, and perhaps a signpost to where we need to go in the future. Read more.
Posted by John Norton at 10:11 AM