Reviews - What do customers think about 101 Questions & Answers on the Church?
Fantastic Author Jun 6, 2009
Richard McBrien is probably one of the foremost Church historian of the 20th century in America. He is the most grounded individual I have ever encountered, and I have been in the presence of many theologians and biblical scholars during my graduate and post-graduate years. He is a solid individual who speaks the truth about our faith and our church. This rattles the cages of many people, but so be it. McBrien is left of center, but thank God we have these people who challenge us to look beyond our narrow mindedness of Church. If we didn't have such visionary people like him and John XXIII our church would still be pre-Vatican II and we wouldn't have all the great social justice teachings that have come out of Vatican II. All of his books including this one are grounded in solid theological underpinnings. Just because he doesn't always conform with Rome he has his critics. I've been in the room when he's spoken and he's invited the protesters to come in and join us -- how many people would do that? I highly recommend this and any book by Richmond McBrien.
Not the Catholic faith Dec 31, 2008
The answers in this book teach and defend just about every modernist and postmodernist heresy known to the Christian West.
McBrien is an extreme leftist ideologue who hasn't "thought with the Church" since the end of the Second Vatican Council. He goes out of his way in this book to undermine just about everything that makes the Catholic Church truly catholic.
He muddles everything from "women priests Masses" to the rise of orthodox seminarians to nature of the Church herself.
The truly vicious thing about this book is that it doesn't pretend to be an interpretation of the faith or an argument with the faith. It pretends to report accurately what the Church actually teaches to be true about the faith.
It fails. Miserably.
I cannot emphasis enough to anyone who is considering this book: if you want to know what the aging dinosaurs of the ecclesial dissident left think of the Church, this is your book!
Avoid it. Spend your money on some nice gelato or a Nutella pastry.
Fr. Philip Powell, OP Pont. Univ. of St Thomas Aquinas, Rome
Approach with extreme caution. Oct 28, 2008
Notice that this book came out in September of 2003 and as of this date (10/2008) it does not have any reviews. Hopefully, this is an indication that no one has read it. I readily admit that I have not read this book, either. It is a matter of -- why would I want to waste my time reading heresy when there are so many valid and solidly Catholic works available? At the moment I can think of only one reason why one would read this book: to make a scholarly study and comparison to see how much the author got wrong; ergo, approach with extreme caution.
For those of you who do not know, poor Father McBrien is a known (formal) heretic and has authored a number of heretical books. Presently, all I can say is -- please pray for this priest and all the priests and bishops who are going down the wrong road. And remember, the vast majority of priests are good and decent men. Amen.