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 […]



Enriching our Vision of Reality

Enriching Our Vision of Reality: Theology and the Natural Sciences in Dialogue.  By Alister McGrath.  London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 2016, West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Press Edition, 2017.  Kindle. Alister McGrath holds Oxford doctorates in the natural sciences and in Christian theology. He has written what is considered the classic work on the relationship […]


An Essay on the Development of Doctrine

John Henry Newman. An Essay on the Development of Doctrine. Forward by Ian Ker.  Sixth ed.  Notre Dame IN: University of Notre Dame, 1989/2015.  Kindle ed. Introduction Ian Ker in the Forward to the book makes a wonderful presentation of the question whether the Catholic Church has changed its teaching over the centuries. The Protestant […]


Gaudete et Exsultate

Gaudete et Exsultate: On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World. Apostolic Exhortation by Pope Francis.  Rome: Libreria Vaticana, 2018/Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor, 2018. Pope Francis wrote the Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and be Glad) It is neither a systematic theology on the subject nor a dissertation on moral theology. It is […]


The Seven Storey Mountain

The Seven Storey Mountain. By Thomas Merton. Fiftieth Anniversary Edition. New York: Harcourt, 1948/1976. (Kindle).   Robert Giroux writes in the Introduction to this book that when he first met Thomas Merton at the office of the Columbia Review in New York, and Giroux had read an article Merton had written, he told himself: “This […]


Mere Christianity

Mere Christianity. By C.S. Lewis, a revised edition with a new introduction (by Kathleen Norris). New York: HarperCollins, 2001.Pp xx, 227.  Paperback C.S. Lewis was born on November 29, 1898 in Belfast, Ireland and died on November 22, 1963. In 2013 the 50th anniversary of his death, he was honored at Westminster Abbey as one […]