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The Church That Forgot Christ

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  36 ratings  ·  7 reviews
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 an ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 6th 2004 by Free Press (first published 2004)
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I admired the hell out of Breslin's previous book, The Short Sweet Dream of Eduardo Gutierrez, but where that book balanced personal outrage (that was easy to share) with astounding journalism, this book is merely an extended cranky column from an old coot. Yeah, the Catholic sex scandals were indescribably awful, but Breslin's own wrestling with the issue takes up most of the book (not to mention some rambling passages where he tails a homeless man who he's convinced is an incarnation of Christ ...more
"Read" is not quite true, and they probably should have a "half-read" option, such as this book was. I just couldn't take more of the same for the entire 2nd half of the book. I get it, I got it, I believe it, I agree with it, but enough already. It as a bit like watching one of those bad horror movies that are frightening, yes, but formulaic and over-the-top. Lay people > good guys, priests > bad guys.

In fairness, if you love Jimmy Breslin, you might love the book. Someone gave it to me,
This book covers an important topic in the church and one that the church is trying to put behind it. This part of the churchs history must never be forgotten. Unfortunately, this book is more personal memoir and is sritten almost aa a free flowing stream of consciousness narrative. The author strays from his topic far too often to make this book worth reading.
Very sad book. Why does the church protect pedophile priests and then tell parishioners that unless they follow ALL the rules, like no birth control, they are NOT catholic and should not go to communion??? A quick read.
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Didn't finish. Lost interest after about 2 hours.
Irreverent, truthful, heartbreaking. V. well written.
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Jimmy Breslin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American columnist and author. He has written numerous novels, and pieces of his have appeared regularly in various newspapers in his hometown of New York City. He was a regular columnist for the newspaper Newsday until his retirement on November 2, 2004, and still has occasional columns there.

Among his notable columns, perhaps the best known was published
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