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Why Catholics Are Right [Hardcover]

Michael Coren
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12 April 2011

A practicing Catholic defends the faith and offers a passionate response to current anti-Catholic opinion.
 
In Why Catholics Are Right, author, columnist, and practicing Catholic Michael Coren examines four main aspects of Catholicism as they are encountered, understood, and more importantly, misunderstood today. Beginning with a frank examination of the tragedy of the Catholic clergy abuse scandal, Coren addresses some of them most common attacks on Catholics and Catholicism. Tracing Catholic history, he deconstructs popular and frequent anti-Catholic arguments regarding the Church and the Crusades, the Inquisition, Galileo, and the Holocaust. He examines Catholic theology and central pillars of Catholic belief, explaining why Catholics believe what they do: papal infallibility, immaculate conception, the Church rather than Bible alone. Finally, he explores the dignity of life argument and why it is so important to Catholicism.
 
In this challenging and thought-provoking book, Michael Coren demolishes often propagated myths about the Church's beliefs and teachings, and in doing so, opens a window onto Catholicism, which, he writes, "is as important now as it ever was and perhaps even more necessary."



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  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart (12 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780771023217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771023217
  • ASIN: 0771023219
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 14.6 x 21.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 266,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite superb 10 Mar 2012
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I had never heard of Mr Coren before, but am very glad I took the risk of buying this remarkable book. Truly excellent in presenting facts in the face of ill-informed fiction about the Church. A must-have for every Christian home.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Coren is great 30 Aug 2011
By Jimbo
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I have seen Michael Coren a few times on T.V. and he is a great apologist. And he has hung his colours to the mast by the title of the book! He is as good a writer as he is a speaker, and this book is a must-have for all those interested in Catholic apologetics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars did the job. 22 Feb 2014
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It put into words the arguments I already knew but wasn't very good at expressing. if any one wants to know why Catholis think the way we do it is a good start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My personal review of all the above books! 28 Jun 2013
By Mrs. E
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All the above reading literature have reinforced my beliefs and positive outlook in life. They are excellent reads and I pass them on to friends who I want to have the same outlook in life as me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get Your Facts Right 17 May 2011
By Nicola Mansfield - Published on Amazon.com
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Reason for Reading: I love Michael Coren's TV show, I am a Catholic and the provocative title did its trick and grabbed my interest. But I would read any book by Coren on religion or politics, though I don't always agree with him on the latter.

This book is unapologetically, in fact, is proudly, Catholic. Written by a Catholic to give a Catholic point of view on Catholic teachings and Catholic issues. Unfortunately, there remains one last prejudice in this world that is fine and dandy to behold and that is anti-Catholicism. Some Christians may feel that prejudice against any form of Christianity is rampant, and while that is true to a certain degree, even some non-Catholic Christians can be as vicious as anyone else in their anti-Catholic vitriol. Search the net; it won't take you long to find one of these "discussions", even in major newspaper comment sections.

Michael Coren's book hits on all the major topics, and even the minor topics, that non-Catholics and the media are so upset, uninformed and plain wrong about. This is a short book so doesn't go into theological academia to prove its points but does go plenty deep enough to get at the truth. Divided into 5 parts Coren deals with the abuse scandal, historical topics, theology, life and a final chapter on "other stuff". Within these 5 topics Coren manages to not only discuss his main topic but carry on from one topic to another related one until the subject has been more than covered, leaving no blank spaces behind. The book is very thorough.

This book is a must have for every practicing Catholic as it is a primer on how to defend our faith in a friendly, intelligent manner against all the uninformed and oftentimes ignorant comments made against Catholicism. The chapter on the abuse scandal which accepts the awful truth and tragedy of what actually happened and explains how it has been dealt with versus the media attacks and vendettas is worth the price of the book alone.

Persons who truly want to understand what Catholicism is about will enjoy this book which will give them bite-size yet meaty information on what we Catholics really believe and why, rather than what you've heard about or think you know about our beliefs.

If you are already anti-Catholic, this book will enrage you and you will hate it as it will prove all your prejudices to be wrong, thus having you believe that the book itself is at fault as you personally could, of course, never be.

My only complaint is that the book has no index. Something that doesn't seem to be a given anymore where non-fiction is concerned. I know this is going to be a book I will refer to time and time again and while the book is set up easily enough to find what you are looking for an index would have come in handy.

A brilliant book that no practicing Catholic should be without. Treat yourself to a copy and while your at it buy a gift copy for a friend, relative or priest. It's that good!
61 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Book 16 Jun 2011
By AC300 - Published on Amazon.com
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I have watched Mr. Coren for nearly a year now via his Canadian television show. Unlike many conservative Christian commentators in America, Mr. Coren kindly and with conviction states his opinion whilst allowing all views to still be heard. He takes the same approach with this book, which is not an attack on other faiths but is Mr. Coren's attempt to clear up confusion about the Catholic Church's history, theology, and cultural beliefs. This book is an excellent read for those wanting to either defend their Catholic beliefs more strongly, or simply for inquisitive minds who want to know more about the Church. I am not even Catholic but have greatly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to anyone.
68 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Critical for our times 27 May 2011
By Christian D. Elia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Michael Coren has authored a work critically important to the Church today, for the gathered and the scattered alike. For the gathered, that is, serious Catholics, "Why Catholics are Right" will provide insight into the common arguments and attacks against our faith. This is not traditional apologetics. Coren uses his vast understanding of contemporary western culture and thought and skilfully demonstrates his award winning journalistic prowess as he covers the principal historical and current views which support the Truth of Catholicism, the same Truth today as yesterday. For the scattered, cultural, lukewarm and/or dissenting Catholics, Coren provides compelling, even encouraging reasons to exercise the God given freedom of choice to come back into the Church, or admit oneself outside of the Church, but by all means to stop using the same old tired and simply untrue arguments against the Holy Roman Catholic Church because the Church of Jesus Christ simply may not suit them. It is about being honest really, and "Why Catholics are Right" is the most honest book covering these topics in years.
25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A much-needed rebuke to the last acceptable prejudice of anti-Catholicism 19 Jun 2011
By eShopper - Published on Amazon.com
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Articulate, well-researched, highly readable, and intellectually forceful. These are only a few words to describe Michael Coren's latest book "Why Catholics Are Right". Broadcaster and Catholic convert Michael Coren delivers a hard-hitting, yet plainly written defense of the Catholic faith at a time in history when it has become fashionable to vilify it and treat it with contempt. With the precision of a surgeon, Michael has dissected, examined and revealed the truths of the Catholic faith, and with the power of a bomber, he has demolished the tired, recycled arguments against the Catholic Church by both atheists and, ironically, Protestants.

For example, the archaic argument that the Catholic Church is an enemy of science when in fact, it was the Catholic Church that funded scientific research during the Middle Ages and the Rennaisance (including that of Galileo), started the first universities, and even today, maintains the Pontifical Academy of Science in the heart of Vatican City.

For faithful Catholics, this book is invaluable as a resource to help them tackle common questions and issues surrounding the faith today. For non-Catholics who are on a faith journey, this book will help inform them about the faith, separating fact from fiction, and for people with a simple interest in theology, this book will be an enjoyable read on an academic level. However, this book will do little to change the minds of the die-hard anti-Catholic haters, the bigots masquerading as atheists, the so-called rational thinkers who worship the fairy tale of Darwinism (Where else but in fairy tales do you find the idea that everything came from nothing, as if by magic?).

All in all, this book is a much-needed defence of a divinely beautiful and majestic institution with a message of hope for the world, and a much-needed rebuke to the last acceptable prejudice of anti-Catholicism in this decaying, post-modern world.

Sam C. & Sonia P.
Toronto, ON
35 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Title Misleads 7 Aug 2011
By B. Fraser - Published on Amazon.com
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After reading Michael Coren's book from cover to cover, I've realized I like him better on television and as a columnist. This book, while not necessarily bad, is somewhat weak tea both as Christian apologetics and as a representation of his own skills. Michael is so engaging when he's duking it out in a scrum with guys like David Menzies and Harry Kopyto on TV, or when he's tearing into liberal stupidity in the Toronto Sun. The book simply reiterates many of the same arguments one can easily find reading Catholic blogs on the web without really adding anything to them.

The Goods:

Michael pulls no punches in regards to the roots of post-modern anti-Catholicism: It's all about sex. Opposition to the Church's authority, be it from inside among liberal Catholics or outside among secularists, centers around its teachings on human sexuality. Michael is spot on in tracing many anti-Catholic arguments back to this point. Interestingly enough, Michael even traces the "Nazi Pope" accusation of Pius XII back to this issue, claiming that this accusation was disseminated by disgruntled postmodern intellectuals and angry ex-Catholics during the sixties who were pushing for the Church to "get with the times" on life and sexuality issues. I'm glad Michael picked up on this thread in the discourse and pulled it out for everyone to look at. I will also say that his defense of Pius XII was well informed and instructive.

The Ugh:

Michael makes some very facile arguments at times "Popes tortured people during the Inquisition...well maybe so but "everyone" tortured people back then". The "other people did it too" argument appears way too much. I understand the tendency to do so, but it lowers the level of the discourse. I would compare Michael's argument to some of Sandra Miesel's articles on the Witch Burnings in which she gives detailed information on Witch scares in 16th and 17th Century Europe, both in Protestant and Catholic countries. She maintains the same intellectual rigor when discussing the Catholic scares as the Protestant ones and lets the data speak for itself. I wish Michael would do this more, go into the data from the inquisition or the abuse crisis, including that which makes the Church look bad. Look at it boldly and let it speak for itself. A Catholic should have no fear of the truth, since we worship Truth himself.

Finally, I don't think Michael actually ever tells us "Why Catholics are right", he tells us "Why Catholics get screwed over by the media" and "Why Catholics are not as nasty as generally portrayed" and "Why Catholics don't do x instead of y" and "Why Catholics don't suck". But in the end he doesn't really answer his own titular premise, which is too bad, because Catholics are right dammit!. We've been staring down the human condition for 2000 years.
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