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"...my 8th book comes out in October called Bad Habits: Confessions of a Recovering Catholic!"

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Since her book comes out in October, it was difficult to find exactly what she thinks she's "recovering" from. But I did find this quote from her elsewhere:
That one's called Bad Habits: Confessions of a Recovering Catholic and it's basically my coming-of-age story from the time I was six until now and all about the hilarious and sometimes horrific stories and being raised by nuns and sins that have gone on along the way and questioning the rules and it's really insightful.
It's rather telling that incorporating "Catholic" into a book's title was considered an advantageous marketing decision. There is, after all, quite a lucrative market ready to buy that which decries the Church.
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Maybe what we need are some well-heeled celebrity Catholics to be more vocal about their faith. So sick of people like her. Where are the good-guys on our side?
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Lolo Jones recently came out in support of virginity before marriage, and the media mocks her as Tebow's ideal mate, as if they are the only 2 virgins in the world.
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Maybe what we need are some well-heeled celebrity Catholics to be more vocal about their faith. So sick of people like her. Where are the good-guys on our side?
There are a few good Catholics in Hollyweird. Personally, I'd prefer that they're not the publicity hound that Jenny McCarthy seems to be. I'd rather have a Catholic celebrity humble than one that constantly has to toot their own horn. This is her 8TH BOOK, quite a lot for someone that has never really done anything too noteworthy other than pose in Playboy, date Jim Carrey and make tv movies/B-grade movies.
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Maybe what we need are some well-heeled celebrity Catholics to be more vocal about their faith.
Well, there's always Mel Gibson...
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This is her 8TH BOOK, quite a lot for someone that has never really done anything too noteworthy other than pose in Playboy, date Jim Carrey and make tv movies/B-grade movies.
Don't sell her short. She also hosted MTV's Singled Out, and has been a leading activist in the movement claiming vaccines cause autism, which I assume one or two of her books have been about (though I really have no idea).
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amazon.com has nothing on the book, so it's too early to tell. Having been involved in deciding book titles for the media company I work for, it's also not possible to tell if she, her agent or her publisher made the decision regarding the book's title.

It's a shame that a few "former Catholics" in Hollywood have gone on to bash it. But, I have a friend who was raised Catholic like me, went through an atheist phase, and is now back to being Catholic.





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amazon.com has nothing on the book, so it's too early to tell. Having been involved in deciding book titles for the media company I work for, it's also not possible to tell if she, her agent or her publisher made the decision regarding the book's title.

It's a shame that a few "former Catholics" in Hollywood have gone on to bash it. But, I have a friend who was raised Catholic like me, went through an atheist phase, and is now back to being Catholic.
Our friends over at patheos.com had an article about this back in October 2011 (a commenter there says she has an aunt who is a nun, so maybe there's hope). It seems the original title was going to be "Sinner: Confessions of a Recovering Catholic". Deacon Greg quotes her in an Entertainment Weekly article as saying:
Most young girls in my neighborhood played with Cabbage Patch dolls for fun. I played with Jesus, Mary, and Joseph dolls. I had every intention of becoming a nun someday. But hilarious events that unfolded in my upbringing made me question my future occupation and the contradictions I faced at home and at one of the most prestigious all-girl Catholic schools on the South Side of Chicago. This book tells the story of what went wrong, or, as I would put it now, what went right. Or as Hugh Hefner eventually put it, Playmate of the Year.
As I read this, it seems that she says of her upbringing that because of "contradictions" she saw, her aspiration to be a nun was "wrong" and going into porn was "right." The school was Mother McAuley where she claims she got her hair set on fire and was bullied there. I'm no psychologist, and as has been said, the book hasn't come out yet, but this story might point to someone who is acting out in rebellion against the symbol of the place where she had bad memories - i.e. a place iconic of Catholicism. ...that her lifestyle choices amounted to "punches" at Catholicism.
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amazon.com has nothing on the book, so it's too early to tell. Having been involved in deciding book titles for the media company I work for, it's also not possible to tell if she, her agent or her publisher made the decision regarding the book's title.
I hope the publisher doesn't go with the tentative book cover they show on their website

http://www.hyperioncatalogs.com/Hype...3334303535.pdf
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I hope the publisher doesn't go with the tentative book cover they show on their website

http://www.hyperioncatalogs.com/Hype...3334303535.pdf


Once again, until the book comes out, we won't know. The company I work for also puts out "tentative" covers before release. If this one creates a stir, at least among Catholics, then whoever is in charge may change it. Celebrities are essentially controlled by agents, and depending on her contract for this book, by the publisher.

As a graphic design consultant, I find the cover very offensive. Thank you for posting the link.



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Well, there's always Mel Gibson...Don't sell her short. She also hosted MTV's Singled Out, and has been a leading activist in the movement claiming vaccines cause autism, which I assume one or two of her books have been about (though I really have no idea).
Don't sell her short? This is the same woman that had Rosie O'Donnell try to get Tim Tebow to date her so she could "de-virginize" him. She's trashy, doesn't matter how many books she's written about her son's situation.
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Raise your hand if you knew she was coming out with a new book.

I'm sure Jenny McCarthy thanks you for the free advertising.
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Informing other Catholics of scandal is unnecessary? I've worked in publishing for a number of decades and I read several trade publications. I know how this works. If this book is what I think it is, it will be on the remainder table for 60 or 70% off shortly.





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I've worked in publishing for a number of decades and I read several trade publications. I know how this works. If this book is what I think it is, it will be on the remainder table for 60 or 70% off shortly.
I don't have your depth of experience, but I have browsed the remainder tables at Barnes & Noble a few times. What you say rings true to me.
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I'm starting to get the feeling that your school =/= everyone else' school.
In addition, I'll add that the stereotypes often blown out in the media aren't limited to the Catholic school scene.

I'll say it once again that some of these people are found right here in CAF.
I honestly believe that my school/experiences are a lot closer to the norm. Just about every Catholic I know personally has dealt with people like this, and there's only three people I've ever met who have any genuine, grave grievances with the Church. Whether it's the people who blame the Church for their non-attending, lapsed parents' divorce, the lady who demonizes her priest who wouldn't bless her relationship with her girlfriend, the guy I know who blames his mother's death on the Church because they never gave her food or financial assistance even though she never asked for it, or the lady who started sleeping around at the age of 12 then blamed the teachers and nuns for her bad reputation, I think there's a lot of people out there looking for a scapegoat and the Church has been set up for years to fill that role. Now, I'll admit that you're always going to find a few bad apples, but is it better to focus on the tiny sliver of a percentage point who fall into that category or devote our energies to fighting the lies and misinformation that the bigger barrel of bad apples is so intent on spreading?
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