In the student center at my university parish I noticed a couple of books on the faith and as I perused them, something seemed ‘off’. They were saying things like the church is doing itself a disservice by not ordaining women and that the Eucharist is more about the breaking of the bread than the “magic,” and that the church sort was sort of confused about this during the dark ages but fixed that at V2, etc. Anyway, I checked for the nihil obstat and the imprimatur and I couldn’t find them (I can guess why). I don’t remember the titles off the top of my head, but one was by Michael J. Himes and the other by Msgr. James Songy.
My question is, is it ok that these are in the church since they haven’t been approved by a bishop? Is it ok to even read them? If I didn’t know better, I would have assumed that what they contained was orthodox are about Catholicism and were written by priests (and were sitting in the room where RCIA was held). Thanks!