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The Church and I Hardcover – 1974

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
What Happened to the Church? 23 July 2007
By MrsDarwin - Published on
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In this 1974 book, Frank Sheed presents a narrative which is half auto biography, half history of the Catholic Church in the 20th century.

Sheed came to England from his native Australia in 1920 as a enthusiastic but unevenly catechized young Catholic and became one of the key organizers of the Catholic Evidence Guild, a lay group dedicated to presenting rigorous defenses of Catholic teaching in public speaking areas such as parks and street corners. In the process, he learned a great deal of theology, and in a manner suited towards providing rigorous explanations still accessible to the common man. He also learned a great deal about the state of catechesis and spirituality in the Catholic Church at that time.

He and his wife, Maisie Ward, founded the Catholic publishing house Sheed & Ward, and in the process became friends with and publishers of many of the authors of the Catholic literary/intellectual revival of the 1920s through the 1950s, including Belloc, Chesterton, Waugh, Knox and many others.

Writing in 1974, as the chaos that followed the implementation of Vatican II was at its height, Sheed writes this history very much from the point of view of trying to answer: How could it all have fallen apart so quickly?

He conveys both the incredible excitement and optimism of the Catholic communities in the English-speaking world in the first half of the last century, and also the danger points which should have warned people that more difficult times were coming.

This is an inciteful book by an orthodox and faithful Catholic, and provides a unique set of insights into the history of the Church immediately before and after the council.
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I Love this Book! 14 Jan. 2012
By G in Ohio - Published on
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I quoted this book to people every five pages or so. It's a fasinating book by a fascinating man. Unlike his other, more famous books, it's mostly about his own life and experiences. You'll find a lot of apologetics still, but you'll also find great stuff about how getting books printed worked at the time, his opinions of people he met, and his attitudes about how the ideals of faith meet the reality of life (it's one thing to respect bishops, it's another thing to know that particular bishops are idiots -- yet how do you reconcile this?). It's also an interesting look at hte Church in a turbulent time by someone who lived and traveled all over the world and so saw a lot of it.
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Frank Sheed wrote a number of significant books. This ... 14 Nov. 2014
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Frank Sheed wrote a number of significant books. This book is even more important than his Theology and Sanity.
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