Sunday, March 29, 2009

Review: Being Catholic Now by Kerry Kennedy

This was another of my Lenten reads. Ms Kennedy interviews almost 40 people who are or were Catholic, asking them about their upbringing, their current beliefs, their relationship with the Catholic Church (both past and current) and what they would do if they could be Pope. The range of interviewees is wonderful -- from a 19 year old wannabe nun to an almost 80 year old retired cardinal, from actors to activists, from Irish, Italian, and Hispanic descendants to first 1st generation immigrants, from college graduates to school drop outs, from priests to agnostics. Their experiences of Catholicism are vast, diverse, and fascinating. For someone who is Catholic, the read will be both comforting and frightening at the same time. For those who are not, it provides a look behind the curtains at one of the most diverse religious groups in the world. It is a well-written, well-planned, and beautifully presented groups of readings. Easy to handle in short batches as each interview goes only about 4-5 pages. 5 stars.


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