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Can the Catholic Church heal the culture?

The Catholic Church has the answers to today’s cultural crisis,
says Bill Donohue in new book

SAN FRANCISCO — Common sense has been relegated to the sidelines of today’s culture, resulting in a crisis of stupidity run amok in America, says Bill Donohue in his new book, COMMON SENSE CATHOLICISM: How to Resolve Our Cultural Crisis. But there is hope and it’s found in the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Donohue is president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights and publisher of the league’s journal, Catalyst. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University, and is the author of several books on civil liberties, social issues and Catholicism. A noted TV personality, Donohue is an outspoken defender of the Catholic Church and traditional moral values.

COMMON SENSE CATHOLICISM analyzes how the three key elements of a democratic society — freedom, equality and fraternity — have been misconstrued by intellectuals and policy makers who do not respect the limitations of the human condition. Their lack of common sense has resulted in social and cultural problems rather than solutions to them. By contrast, the social teachings of the Catholic Church inherently understand the demands of human nature and, as such, they offer the right remedy to our cultural crisis.

Donohue makes a compelling case in COMMON SENSE CATHOLICISM that freedom has been ill-defined to exclude any personal responsibilities associated with human rights, that equality is based on the delusional notion that men and women are the same, and that fraternity without the foundation of familial bonds and religious communities leaves people isolated and disoriented. Catholic teaching offers much wisdom to remedy our insufficient understanding of the elements needed for a free and flourishing society.

“Bill Donohue, in addition to his crusading work defending religious rights as head of the Catholic League, is a brilliant social scientist,” said Raymond Arroyo, New York Times bestselling author, Fox News Contributor and host of “The World Over” on EWTN. “Here his gifts are on full display. In this important book he reveals how we can all apply the common sense wisdom of Catholicism to our daily lives and remedy our current cultural crisis.”

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For more information, to request a review copy or to schedule an interview with Bill Donohue, please contact Kevin Wandra (404-788-1276 or [email protected]) of Carmel Communications.

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