In American Church: the Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America, published by Ignatius Press, Russell Shaw has written a timely and insightful account.
This book is the one we have been waiting for to chronicle our corner of the universal Church. It covers Church history in the U.S. from the post-Civil War period up to the present — and a little beyond.
On a side note, be sure to read Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput’s foreword first. In my opinion, he is on the short list for the best bishop writing today — clear about the crisis, yet encouraging about the future.
American Church is compact and full of strong opinions backed up by...READ MORE