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The Church That Forgot Christby Jimmy Breslin
Synopses & Reviews
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Jimmy Breslin has established himself as one of America's most distinctively Catholic voices. We have also come to know Breslin as the cocky guy from Queens, New York, who speaks insolently to powerful people and institutions, his words always tinged with a healthy amount of unsentimental outer-borough humor. Now, with a mix of sadness and anger, Breslin turns his sights on the Roman Catholic Church. After a lifetime of attending mass every Sunday, Breslin has severed his ties to the church he once loved, and, in this important book, filled with a fury generated by a sense of betrayal, he explains why.
When the church sex scandals emerged relentlessly in recent years, and when it became apparent that these scandals had been covered up by the church hierarchy, Breslin found it impossible to reconcile his faith with this new reality. Ever the reporter, he visited many victims of molestation by priests and found lives in emotional chaos. He questioned the bishops and found an ossified clergy that has a sense of privilege and entitlement. Thus disillusioned with his church, though not with his faith, he writes about the loss of moral authority yet uses his trademark mordant humor to good effect.
Breslin's righteous anger is put to use. Imagining a renewed church, along with practical solutions such as married priests and female priests, The Church That Forgot Christ also reminds us that Christ wore sandals, not gold vestments and rings, and that ultimately what the Catholic Church needs most is a healthy dose of Christianity. In that sense, Breslin has written a dark book that is full of hope and possibility. It is a book that only Jimmy Breslin could have written.
"A searing indictment of the faithful against a church that has failed their faith....The authorities will cry foul, but you can bet American Catholics will be reading and discussing Breslin's latest — and justly so." Kirkus Reviews
"This book will anger people on both sides of the issue. However, it's doubtful they'll be as outraged as Breslin is in this disturbing tome." Publishers Weekly
Book News Annotation:
A pillar of New York City journalism for four decades (and counting), and never one to avoid challenging the establishment, Breslin recounts how he investigated the Catholic Church's sex scandal by interviewing victims and bishops. He concludes that after a lifetime of faith, he had to choose between the practice of the church and the teachings of Jesus.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
With sadness and rage, Breslin writes about the sex scandals within the priesthood of the roman Catholic Church and the apparent cover-up of those scandals by the church hierarchy.
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