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July 22, 2004

A mis-named book

I got a few things done today and even enjoyed a bit of the Arizona sunshine. One thing I did today was read a book I had picked up on a lark in a half-price book store in Cleveland.

I had seen the book before but had avoided it. Reactionary, overly conservative books are not my favorite, but this one was only $3.00 and so I thought I would check out anf see, just for fun, what this guy thought was wrong with Vatican II.

The book is titled: "What Went Wrong With Vatican II" by Ralph M. McInerney.

Well, I was surprised. It is an excellent book. It would be better titled "What Went Wrong After Vatican II." The author fully supports Vatican II and everything it proclaimed. His thesis is that there is a crisis of authority after the council and that the faithful have been forced to choose between the authority of dissident theologians and the ordinary magisterium of the church. The book was a very balanced presentation.

Another proof that you cannot judge a book by its cover.

Posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. at July 22, 2004 4:56 PM

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I enjoyed it as well, as I do most of what Professor McInerny writes. I'm taking a second class with him in the Fall.

Posted by: Mike Roesch at July 22, 2004 6:14 PM

All of Ralph McInerney's work is solid, regardless of the title.

Another good book on the same topic is "Trojan Horse in the City of God: The Catholic Crisis Explained"
by Dietrich Von Hildebrand. The title sounds like Vatican II bashing but it is far from it and is about the immediate aftermath.

Posted by: Jeff Miller at July 22, 2004 6:42 PM

Yet another reason to haunt remaindered [sp?] book stores.
I'll look for it.

Posted by: Geri at July 23, 2004 8:55 PM