Books: December 2010 Archives

Much is being made of Peter Seewald's brilliant interview of Pope Benedict XVI, Light of the World: The Pope, the Church, and the Signs of the Times (2010).

The recent splash of news about this book is rather interesting and pathetic at the same time. Interesting because there are some great things the Pope says theologically about a whole host of things; pathetic because so many people are focussed on what the Pope said about latex. In recent years I've not see THAT much interested in the Pope's ideas on sex, sexuality and salvation through condom use. AND the confusion runs rampant to the point that a Vatican clarification had to be issued on what the Pope said. Catholic News Service ran the Vatican statement and making sure everyone was on the same condom --rather, page.

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On November 22, Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke spoke briefly of the Pope's recent work when he answered John Burger's questions. Burke, prefect (head) of the Church's highest court, the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, is one of 24 new cardinals created by Benedict XVI on November 21. The cardinal is a native of Wisconsin, trained in Canon Law, and the bishop of La Crosse, WI, and the former archbishop of St Louis, MO.

Popular blogger Jimmy Akin wrote two noteworthy pieces, "The Pope Said WHAT about Condoms???" which can be read here and "New Developments on the Pope and Condoms" can be read here.
Catherine of Siena A Passionate Life.jpgOn Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 7:00 PM in Saint Catherine of Siena Church, 411 East 68th Street, NYC, author Don Brophy will present his award winning new book, Catherine of Siena: A Passionate Life.

Brophy's book has won the Paulist Press Book of the Month Award, the same is forthcoming from the Catholic Press Association. Other Catherine of Siena Scholars hail Don Brophy's work as a masterpiece that reveals in a new way the wonder and passion of Catherine of Siena in medieval Europe and today.

There will be time for questions and answers as well as meeting the author.

The event is free and open to the public.

Saint Catherine of Siena Church is a ministry of the Dominican Friars of the Province of Saint Joseph. The friars have been present on New York's East Side since 1896. In addition to the Church, the friars also sponsor the Dominican Friars Healthcare Ministry of New York, providing pastoral care to the four area hospitals.

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]



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