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Overview Analyzing the tough current issues and future challenges. Fr. Benedict Groeschel provides a penetrating examination of the roots of the current troubles with the encouragement to break through.
Publishers Description If you've been shocked by what you see in the news, read this book. If you've been wondering what you can do to help, read this book. One of America's most trusted Catholic writers helps us sort out the real facts from the wild rumors, and gives us concrete suggestions for strengthening our prayer lives.
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More About Benedict J. Groeschel & Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan
Benedict Joseph Groeschel, C.F.R. (born July 23, 1933) is a Catholic priest, retreat master, author, psychologist, activist and former host of the television talk program Sunday Night Prime, which is broadcast on the Eternal Word Television Network. He has also hosted several serial religious specials in addition to Sunday Night Prime. He is the founder of the Office for Spiritual Development for the Catholic Archdiocese of New York as well as a former associate director of Trinity Retreat and a former executive director of the St. Francis House. He is professor of pastoral psychology at St. Joseph's Seminary in New York and an adjunct professor at the Institute for Psychological Sciences in Arlington, Virginia. He is one of the founders of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.
Groeschel has received wide public attention through his preaching engagements, writing and television appearances. He is the author of over 30 books and has recorded more than 100 audio and video series. He publishes articles in several Catholic magazines on a monthly basis and posts a weekly meditation on the Oratory of Divine Love website. His most recent books include The Tears of God (2008), Questions and Answers About Your Journey to God (2007), The Virtue Driven Life (2006), Why Do We Believe? (2005) and There Are No Accidents: In All Things Trust in God (2004). His weekly television program, Sunday Night Live with Father Benedict Groeschel, offers a mix of interviews, answering viewer questions and discussing spiritual and social matters relating to the Catholic faith.
Groeschel has also been a highly visible Catholic activist, first in the civil rights movement. He publicly criticizes insulting depictions of the church in popular culture and the media. In September 1998, he led protests outside of an Off-Broadway theater in New York City against the production of Terrence McNally’s play Corpus Christi. In his 2002 book, From Scandal to Hope, he accused The Boston Globe, The New York Times and The San Francisco Chronicle of revealing anti-Catholic prejudice in their respective coverage of the sexual abuse scandal that disrupted the church. "Seldom in the history of journalism have I seen such virulent attacks on any institution that is supposed to receive fair treatment in the press", he wrote.
In April 2005, he again questioned the anti-Catholic sentiments of the United States media by charging distorted coverage of Joseph Ratzinger, who had become Pope Benedict XVI. Groeschel noted that the new pope had "been very badly abused by the American media", adding that the pontiff’s World War II biography was negatively distorted and incorrect reports of his personality were published.
On January 11, 2004, Groeschel was struck by an automobile while crossing a street in Orlando, Florida. He received a head injury and broken bones and over a four hour period, had no blood pressure, heartbeat or pulse for about 20 minutes. A few days later the trauma triggered a near-fatal heart attack. While he was recovering from his injuries he collaborated with John Bishop on the book, There Are No Accidents: In All Things Trust in God. He broadcast his first live program on EWTN on October 24, 2004. Although the accident left him with limited use of his right arm and difficulty in walking, he was back preaching and giving retreats by the end of 2004 and has continued to keep a full schedule. As he told the New York Times nearly four years after his accident: “They said I would never live. I lived. They said I would never think. I think. They said I would never walk. I walked. They said I would never dance, but I never danced anyway.”
Benedict J. Groeschel currently resides in Larchmont, in the state of New York. Benedict J. Groeschel was born in 1951.
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Outstanding treatment of this difficult subject Nov 13, 2005
Fr. Groeschel is one of the most qualified people to write this book, because he has been deeply involved in the evaluation and treatment of troubled priests. Hib background as a psychologist gives him an insignt few church writers can match. As a result, this is an outstanding analysis of the problem, its cause, and its remedy. He describes the "progressive" movement and how it infected the Catholic Church as well as other institutions. The effects of mistaking permissiveness for tolerance permeated the seminaries and allowed the ordination of unsuitable candidates for the priesthood. Interestingly, this trend has been reversed and the newly ordained tend to be quite orthodox--this is a clear indication that Fr. Groeschel was correct in his analysis of the scandal's roots. The uninformed simply blame the Bishops for the scandals uncovered in recent years. But anyone who wants to go deeper should definitely read From Scandal to Hope. And anyone who cares about true reform will be bolstered by reading how the Church is being made stronger by overcoming this systemic problem.
Don't freak out Aug 23, 2005
Father Benedict Groeshel is such a calm and graceful writer. The message of this book is pretty simple and straightforward. Don't freak out. Yes, the scandals have been heartbreaking and yes these last couple of years have been one shock after another but don't let it kill your faith or your reasoning ability. The church has, Father Groeschel points out, suffered scandals before and came back stronger from them. Stupid, evil, filthy things have happened and stupid, callow people stood by and did nothing but there is hope.
The book is very honest, and calls for reform as loudly and as clearly as can be. And the reform it calls for isn't just for the clergy, the book has some stern words for the laity as well.
From Scandal to Hope is relief to the grieving and confused and a rebuke to those who are frankly enjoying the scandal for their own reasons. It's a tiny book but packs a wallop.
A Must Read For ALL American Catholics-An Awakening! Oct 12, 2004
By far one of Fr. Groeschel's works. This brief text finally gives us a well documented explanation of many epedemics inside our Church, especially the child abuse scandal. Disputing the media frenzy of anti-Catholic bias, Groeschel goes a step further and offers suggestions for laypeople, priests, abusers and bishops concerning the disaster. Groeschel lays out a groundwork of how we American Catholics have become lazy, secularized and victims of a growing "God-less" society. More importantly, he painfully points out examples of failures and offers ideas and encouragement of how we can and must REFORM. This prolific writer, theologian and psychologist has the courage to say that we must return to the anchor of orthodoxy to steer our mother Church (the body of Christ) back on course.
? Sloppy and insulting, NOT AT ALL! Feb 3, 2004
Fr. Groeschel, is a trained psychologist as well as being a Catholic priest. Anyone, who has seen Fr. Groeschel, on EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network). www.ewtn.com Would know that he is a very good man as well as a good priest. In no way does he say that what has been done to this people is or was ok! He does take a hard look at how we got to where we are now. People want reform! What reform is they do not know. What they really want is an updating of the Catholic Church, woman who can become priest. Birth-control, sex with out consequences, marriage for priest. Have you asked yourself why you may want these things? I think not, because if you read about what the Church teaching on these things are they would make sense to why things are done the way they are! It is because of this updating that we are in the mess we are in! Read the CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH it might help you understand what the church believes and teaches. I feel sorry for the victims, I am angry with the priests who have done this to our church. But I also love my church and many of the men and woman who have answered Gods call. Hope and Love and prayer these are the thing that will see us through this time, it will also be what heals those that are hurting. John
Sloppy and insulting May 5, 2003
B. Groeschel's attempt to analyze and propose solutions to the clergy sexual abuse disaster falls far short in both content and presentation. It's poorly written and ill-informed, insulting both the reader's intelligence and the gravity of the situation with pat, predictable "answers." As in the case of most of Groeschel's books, there is a smattering of humor, but here it is entirely out of place. Of course, he blames the usual suspects and even throws in a few more (such as the trend of people dressing "down" for Mass. Come on)! What Groeschel ultimately wants, it seems, (though his confused style makes it hard to discern) is a "ghetto" Church (and at one point he actually defends this desire). But really, he's not worth arguing with in this book, given its slapdash and erratic meanderings. It's simply NOT worth reading. Try George Weigel's "The Courage to be Catholic" or, better, Donald Cozzens' "Sacred Silence."