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Why Catholics are Right

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A practicing Catholic defends the faith and offers a passionate response to current anti-Catholic opinion.
In Why Catholics Are Right, author, columnist, and practicing Catholic Michael Coren examines four main aspects of Catholicism as they are encountered, understood, and more importantly, misunderstood today. Beginning with a frank examination of the tragedy of the Cath
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by McClelland & Stewart
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Nicola Mansfield
May 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Reason for Reading: I love Michael Coren's TV show, I am a Catholic and the provocative title did its trick and grabbed my interest. But I would read any book by Coren on religion or politics, though I don't always agree with him on the latter.

This book is unapologetically, in fact, is proudly, Catholic. Written by a Catholic to give a Catholic point of view on Catholic teachings and Catholic issues. Unfortunately, there remains one last prejudice in this world that is fine and dandy to behold a
Brenda B
Nov 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: religion
I read this as a counter-argument to Dawkins "God Delusion." Cohen's book doesn't stand up to any form of academic analysis. His explanations are simplistic and unreferenced - he states that Canada has human rights abuses, but doesn't state which one(s) he is referring to (I assumed it was treatment of Aboriginals, but who knows?). His main argument seems to be "Well, Muslims, Jews, Hindus and all other faiths have been bad too, so we are no worse." Weak. Not worth the time
Charles Lewis
Apr 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
I just read this to prepare for an interview with Mr. Coren. We usually think of these books as a form of apologetics but this much tougher. Whether you love the Church, hate it or have no idea what to think I would highly recommend it. He takes on every issue that is used to criticize the Church and hits it head on. You may not agree with any of it but you'll admire the directness.
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
First, the title.. The author's reasoning is basically, replace "Catholics" with any other group (Liberals, Republicans, Virginians, etc.) and it's okay, so why the heartburn when it's "Catholics"? Good point, I think. This book is for Catholics who need a little encouragement in their faith. There isn't the kind of depth of material, or gentleness normally associated in books attempting to convert. The voice of this book comes from a battle-tested, front lines apologist. And I think the true pu ...more
I didn't expect to like this as much as I do. Mostly picked it up in search of something to give my daughter, in answer to a question of hers. Found I liked it on its own merits. Set up on five chapters: Catholics and the Abuse Scandal; Catholics and History; Catholics and Theology; Catholics and Life; and Catholics and Other Stuff. I'm skipping around but finding it to be good basic information, although I can't say I'm learning very much. Hopefully the cantor doesn't need a lesson in how to re ...more
Oct 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
It read like an essay - finding all the reasons why catholics are right. There are many reasons why Catholics are wrong, just like any religion, belief or politics. He tried to choose some key ideas (abuse in the church, crusades, inquisition) which I cannot see as convincing the reader how Catholics are right there which is a shame since there are probably so many other areas of good. The author argues that one really shouldn't question the teachings. People need to think and use their own head ...more
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
An easier to read apologetic book. It covers issues that I am often discussing, so it gave me great background history in many areas. It also answered many questions I had had in the history of the church.
Alex Stroshine
Dec 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: apologetics
Ever since I first read G.K. Chesterton I have become interested in Catholicism. Chesterton's own book on the Catholic Church and conversion was disappointing as Chesterton seemed to base all of his arguments upon the Church's long existence rather than any other theological arguments. Michael Coren presents an excellent case for "why Catholics are right" in this book. He divides the work into several different chapters all tackling some of the major issues that have stained the Catholic Church' ...more
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion
This is as good a short overview as can be had out there, and not quite as pugnacious as its title sounds. Coren has reinvigorated lay apologetics with the scope of this little book, which covers Catholic history, theology, and social teaching in equal measure. He also talks forthrightly (and first) about the sexual abuse scandals that rocked the church worldwide from about 1994 to about 2004.

Asides in this book are almost as informative as the main points. It was good to know, for example, more
Apr 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: christianity
Michael Coren addresses Catholics and non-Catholics as to establish a common and intelligible ground for a serious discussion about Catholicism. Prejudice is commonly the case among anti-Catholics, or Catholics that don't understand their faith and fundamental dogma. Christian and Roman Catholic doctrine is, first and foremost, the doctrine of righteousness as to connect oneself to God and, at the same time, of reason, as it is supported upon substantial relevant evidence that one cannot deny. " ...more
Jessica Bukowinski
Dec 15, 2011 rated it liked it
I would recommend this book to people seeking a better understanding of where the hard core Catholics in their lives might be coming from. Once I got past the author's arrogance (I am am guessing conservative Catholics have a similar gut reaction when reading a Michael Moore book) and the seeming misnomer (maybe, Why Catholics are Misunderstood would have been better?) I found the book to be very helpful. It was not a quick, easy, pleasing read, but it helped me see that my decision to leave the ...more
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
I was really hoping for more from this book, although on the whole I enjoyed it. It went for several pages without citation, and then took whole page quotations in others. If the author could have processed the information more and made frequent references to sources, I would have found it more convincing. The last chapter in particular seemed so rushed and so busy that it felt like in certain places there were no transitions at all.

That being said, there were a few sections I thought the autho
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religion
I actually hid this book while I was reading it at work over the past few days. Suffice it to say that the author is a very conservative, orthodox Catholic who lays out the arguments for conservative, orthodox Catholicism. Not too much new here, but Mr. Coren writes well and certainly has the courage of his convictions. Definitely not a "Well, I can see your point of view, too" sort of book.
Martin Moleski
Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I bought this book after hearing Coren a couple of times on Catholic Answers Live.

The content and central argument are good. (I admit I am already sold on the idea that "Catholics are right." :o)

I don't like the way Coren drifts from one topic to another without providing headlines to help chart the transition. I'm following him OK, but I don't think my students would.
Apr 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit of apologetics, but mainly just history and stating of clear facts to show how the Church has been poorly misaligned by modern society.

I learned a few factual things from the book, but I didn't really take to it... As he's presenting his arguments, Coren actually sounds kind of long-winded. (Part of that might have to do with my impatience and lack of interest...)
Chad Judice
May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Michael Coren does a great job of not only thwarting misconceptions about the Church on current moral and social issues, but does a great job of doing it with misconceptions about its past in events like the Crusades, the Inquisition, and the about Galileo. A great read for those who believe the Church is outdated and needs to change. Hebrews 13:8 - The Truth will never change. He is eternal.
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: religion, christian
One or two decent chapters, otherwise an ill-digested mass hiding behind a provocative title.

ETA: And since Coren has now left the Catholic Church (again) to become Anglican and has discarded his position on certain social issues I'm just going to say: Bah, humbug!
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Easy reading, to the point and clear. A must have for every Catholic, or for those who want to find out facts about history.
Terry Grignon
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
A forthright and fair defence of Catholicism. I especially appreciated the debunking of much of the falacious pseudo-history about the crusades.
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant! Intelligent, witty, and urgently needed in today's world.
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
My brother in law gave me this book to read and whilst I am a devout Catholic I could not get into this book.
Mary Keane
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
A compilation of arguments supporting Catholic positions on various social and theological matters as well as an excursion into the distortions of the clergy abuse scandal. This is a cogent series of essays and would be helpful to have at hand for those many occasions on which friend and foe alike may indulge themselves in an anti-Catholic rant. Such rants are exempt from holy diversity and qualify in some circles as virtue signalling.

Let's face it, the Catholic church can really get in the way
Fredrick Danysh
Mar 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: religion
This is a look at some of the anti-catholic views and why they exist. The author does not really support the teachings of the Church but takes a middle of the road approach. He does briefly explain some Catholic practices such as celibate and male priests but does not go into detail. The work is easy to read and informative on a limited basis.
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Michael Coren presents the beliefs of the Catholic Church in a logical setup for the regular lay person to understand and communicate to the world. He is funny and straightforward, but not without compassion. This book is not just for Catholics however- anyone with questions about the Church should peruse this short read- it is very informative and the sources used are credible and many.
Chris Cutter
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: catholic
Really good book. Provided me a lot of historical insight to the Catholic Church, and some really good quotes from the church fathers. Touched on all the big topics and explained them enough with out getting boring. I highly recommend this book to Catholics as a way to understand their faith more.
Dec 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: religion
This book was thorough and proud; rightfully so. However, it saddens me that Coren recently left the Church. He had the truth in his hands, wrote this book, and then tossed his findings out the window.
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
All issues are very well explained. The reader need not fear the validity of the arguments being diminished by the author's conversion to the Anglican Church.
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
book provides good answers to criticisms or questions that non catholics or agnostics have
Apr 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Michael Coren is now an Anglican. So I can't recommend his works. He like many before him abandoned the Church's traditional teaching on marriage and sexuality. Sin makes you stupid.
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Not a heavy read and lots of things mentioned that I didn't know
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Michael Coren is an English-Canadian columnist, author, public speaker, radio host and television talk show host. He has been the host of the television series The Michael Coren Show for six years. He has also been a long-time radio personality, particularly on CFRB radio.

He has writen more than ten books, including biographies of H. G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, and C. S. Lewis. His latest book,
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“Catholics are frequently criticised because of the prominence and respect given to the Virgin Mary while simultaneously condemned for not giving enough prominence and respect to women.” 12 likes
“The Church, though, has always held up a mirror in which society can see reflected some of its uglier aspects, and it does not like what it sees. Thus it becomes angry but not, as it should be, with itself, but with the Church. This is particularly noticeable when it comes to issues of personal gratification and sexuality and especially, apart from abortion, when issues of artificial contraception, condoms, and the birth-control pill are discussed. The Church warned in the 1960s that far from creating a more peaceful, content, and sexually fulfilled society, the universal availability of the pill and condoms would lead to the direct opposite. In the decade since, we have seen a seemingly inexorable increase in sexually transmitted diseases, so-called unwanted pregnancies, sexuality-related depression, divorce, family breakdown, pornography addiction, and general unhappiness in the field of sexual relationships. The Church's argument was that far from liberating women, contraception would enable and empower men and reduce the value and dignity of sexuality to the point of transforming what should be a loving and profound act into a mere exchange of bodily fluids. The expunging from the sexual act the possibility of procreation, the Church said, would reduce sexuality to mere self-gratification. Pleasure was vital and God-given but there was also a purpose, a glorious purpose, to sex that went far beyond the merely instant and ultimately selfish.” 6 likes
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