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The Church That Forgot Christ

(2004)
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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Jimmy Breslin has established himself as one of America's most distinctively Catholic voices. We have also come to know Breslin as the cocky guy from Queens, New York, who speaks insolently to powerful people and institutions, his words always tinged with a healthy amount of unsentimental outer-borough humor. Now, with a mix of sadness and anger, Breslin turns his sights on the Roman Catholic Church. After a lifetime of attending mass every Sunday, Breslin has severed his ties to the church he once loved, and, in this important book, filled with a fury generated by a sense of betrayal, he explains why.

When the church sex scandals emerged relentlessly in recent years, and when it became apparent that these scandals had been covered up by the church hierarchy, Breslin found it impossible to reconcile his faith with this new reality. Ever the reporter, he visited many victims of molestation by priests and found lives in emotional chaos. He questioned the bishops and found an ossified clergy that has a sense of privilege and entitlement. Thus disillusioned with his church, though not with his faith, he writes about the loss of moral authority yet uses his trademark mordant humor to good effect.

Breslin's righteous anger is put to use. Imagining a renewed church, along with practical solutions such as married priests and female priests, The Church That Forgot Christ also reminds us that Christ wore sandals, not gold vestments and rings, and that ultimately what the Catholic Church needs most is a healthy dose of Christianity. In that sense, Breslin has written a dark book that is full of hope and possibility. It is a book that only Jimmy Breslin could have written.

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Hardback Editions

July 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Church That Forgot Christ
Author(s): Jimmy Breslin
ISBN: 0-7432-6647-1 / 978-0-7432-6647-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Free Press
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Paperback Editions

January 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Church That Forgot Christ
Author(s): Jimmy Breslin
ISBN: 0-7432-6672-2 / 978-0-7432-6672-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Free Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

July 2004 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Church That Forgot Christ
Author(s): Jimmy Breslin
Publisher: Free Press
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