The First Friday Catholic Book Club will return from summer break on
Friday, October 4th at 1 pm in the Fr. McGivney Room at Our Lady of Lourdes.
The book of the month will be:
American Church: The Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall, and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America
by Russell Shaw
This book is available to purchase in the Prince of Peace Gift Shop.
Has the Americanization of American Catholics - their cultural assimilation, that is - been a blessing or a curse for the Church in the United States? Or has it been a bit of both?
In American Church Russell Shaw takes a searching look at that question and reaches a disturbing conclusion. Cultural assimilation, which was ardently championed by churchmen like the great Cardinal James Gibbons of Baltimore around the turn of the last century, has undoubtedly conferred many benefits on Catholics. Their absorption into the secular culture of America, however, now threatens the Catholic identity of millions of faithful and of the institutions, such as school, universities, and hospitals.
“Shaw upends pedestals, reimagines story-lines, and invites us to think again about the roots of the severe challenges - and great opportunities - facing the Church in the United States in the first decades of the third millennium.”
- George Weigel, Author, Evangelical Catholicism
"Shaw is one of the best informed, most articulate observers of the American Catholic experience; a writer of elegant clarity, fairness and impeccable research. To understand the Church in the USA and the challenges she now faces, American Church should be on the short list of books you need to read."
- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, Philadelphia, PA
"Shaw marshals a good deal of evidence for his provocative thesis about the problems of American Catholicism. Even those who do not fully subscribe to that thesis will find the book informative and suggestive."
- James Hitchcock, Author, History of the Catholic Church
"A piercing, essential meditation on the past, present, and furture of Catholicism in the United States. It should be required reading for all - secular, devout, and otherwise - and is beautifully narrated to boot."
- Mary Eberstadt, Author, Adam and Eve After the Pill