Waht is the status of this book in Catholic Church in America? Yesterday, I was at my local Catholic bookstore in Oklahoma City, and noticed several copies of a new edition this book in a prominent place. The cover blurbs from NYT and Commonweal called it the best introduction to Catholicism. However, after skimming a few pages I noticed (burdied deep in some chapters) criticism of many teaching as currently taught by the Catechism of Catholic Church like
Women’s ordination, Homosexuality, and birth control. In particular, the section on Birth Control when discussing Pope Paul VI Himane Vitae basically said the Pope was wrong because 500 Theologians from around the world disagreed with him.
Is this book still being used in RCIA in places? Should I be concerned about my local Catholic bookstore carrying this or this part of “open debate” and new openness ? A few months ago, I found my local Catholic College (St. Gregory’s University) carried a thin booklet called “The Facts about Roman Catholicism” which is a venomous book produced by Anti-Catholics John Ankerberg.