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Why Do Catholics Eat Fish on Friday?: The Catholic Origin to Just About Everything

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Did you know that the origins of Groundhog Day stem from a Catholic tradition? Or that the common pretzel was once a Lenten reward for the pious? Why Do Catholics Eat Fish on Friday is a fascinating guide to the roots of all-things-Catholic. This smart and concise guide will introduce readers to the hidden heritage in many commonplace things that make up contemporary life. ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 29th 2005 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Aug 09, 2008 Jessica rated it 1 of 5 stars
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This book had a few interesting tidbits but that is about it. This book did have the Catholic origin to just about everything, as the title suggests, but many times it was so loosely related to Catholocism that it seemed ridiculous to even suggest they were related. I skimmed much of this book because I just couldn't take the boredom.
Paul Lunger
There are ways to prove the Catholic origins of things & then there are ways not to. Mike Foley in "Why Do Catholics Eat Fish on Friday: The Catholic Origin to Just About Everything" fails miserably at that task in this 2005 book. The idea itself is a simple enough concept to categorize everything from holidays, to places, to plants, to idioms in a way that "should" be interesting. The problem is that it isn't. Foley's book reads like a badly organized encyclopedia or elongated dictionary wi ...more
Any honest man or woman of even middling education knows that the history of western civilization is closely intertwined with the history of the Catholic Church. Rather than take an in-depth look at two thousand years, Michael Foley decided to sate his curiousity by doing something arguably more interesting: Writing a birds-eye view of how the church influenced the civilization around it.

Foley did an impressive amount of homework before writing this entertaining little reference work filled with
A decent little book, but far from being only about Catholic origin. Quite a few entries are broadly Christian, and a few are actually Jewish rather than Catholic. I think the author took a few liberties in calling certain things wholly Catholic.
Maria Holland
Read this to prepare for a presentation I'm giving on Catholic food. There were some things I already knew about, but also an amazing amount of information that I had never heard of!
Colleen Mertens
This book was interesting though the writing style was not what I expected. I found that I still have some questions about some of what he discussed.
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