The Common Good

The Common Good By Robert B. Reich. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2018. At fourteen years of age, Robert Reich heard John F. Kennedy’s inaugural speech…” What can you do for America?” Seven years later he took a job as summer intern of his brother Robert F. Kennedy, and he felt he was doing something […]



John Henry Newman and His Age

Owen F. Cummings.   John Henry Newman and His Age. Eugene, OR: 2019, p. xvi, 180. Archbishop John C. Wester of Santa Fe, NM, describes Cardinal Newman in the Forward of Cummings’ book as “a man for all seasons”. Cummings speaks of Newman as a complex person who not only influenced the last quarter of the […]


Eating Together Becoming One

Eating Together Becoming One: Taking Up Pope Francis’ Call to Theologians. By Thomas O’Loughlin. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press Academic, 2019. p. xiv, 174. On November 15, 2015 Anke de Bernadinis, a Lutheran woman married to a Catholic husband, asked Pope Francis if her husband could receive the Eucharist when they attend the Catholic Mass together. […]


The Universal Christ

The Universal Christ: How A Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe. By Richard Rohr.  New York: Convergent Books, 2019. 272 p. (kindle). Richard Rohr, a globally recognized ecumenical teacher, bears witness to the universal awakening in Christian mysticism. A Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province, he is the founder […]


Christ on Trial

  Rowan Williams. Christ on Trial: How the Gospel Unsettles our Judgement. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans 2003. A trial is an attempt to find out the truth,” Williams begins his Introduction to his work on the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles. The trial of Jesus is like looking at a mirror to see him […]


A Vision for Conversion

Leisa Anslinger. A Vision for Conversion: Eight Steps to Radically Change Your RCIA Process. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2018.  Vi, 104p. Bibliography p. 103-104. Should the RCIA program be just for Lent? Anslinger believes it should be a year-round process. The reason is because the goal of evangelization is conversion, not only of the candidate, […]



Ecumenism of Blood

Ecumenism of Blood: Heavenly Hope of Earthly Communion. By Hugh Somerville Knapman, OSB.  New York: Paulist Press, 2018.  128p.   The question raised by this book is rather simple: can the Catholic Church give some formal recognition of the canonization by the Coptic Church of martyrdom, at the hands of Daesh/ISIS soldiers? The question arises […]