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Overview Since the earliest days of the republic and throughout its history, brave, intelligent, articulate Catholic leaders have ignored the argument that there must be an either/or allegiance - to the Church or to the country.
Publishers Description Now veteran journalist and respected author John F. Fink presents the fascinating and inspiring lives of these staunchly Catholic, deeply civic-minded leaders, including: - Archbishop John Carroll - Bishop John England - Archbishop John Hughes - Cardinal James Gibbons - Archbishop John Ireland - Father Isaac Hacker - Archbishop Fulton Sheen - Archbishop John Noll - Cardinal John O'Connor - And more.
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Fink is Editor Emeritus of The Citerion, the Catholic newspaper of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis of which he was editor from 1984 to 1997. Prior to that he was with Our Sunday Visitor for 30 years, 11 of them as president and publisher.
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Fills the gap Aug 1, 2007
Fink's book is an excellent collection of biographical essays on largely unknown Catholic figures from the recent and not-so-recent American past. When most American Catholics think of the history of the Church, they instinctively think of Europe. "Patriotic Leaders of the Church" reminds us that Church history is filled with the deeds of many exemplary American Catholics, including Archbishop John Hughes (you'll learn how he acquired the nickname "Dagger John"), Bishop Fulton Sheen, Cardinal James Gibbons, and Archbishop John F. Noll (founder of Our Sunday Visitor, this book's publisher.)
"Dagger John" Hughes is a personal favorite. When 19th century nativists threatened to burn down Catholic churches in New York City, he rallied the faithful and reminded city authorities in blunt terms that they had an obligation to defend all of New York's citizens and their places of worship. From the book: "He believed in standing up for his and his flock's rights. 'If any single Catholic church is burned in New York,' he warned, 'the city will become a second Moscow.' The reference was to the burning of the Russian city by Napoleon Bonaparte's soldiers."
Fink is to be commended for filling a yawning gap in our history.