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A brand-new installment in the beloved Politically Incorrect Guides!

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism is an honest look at the Catholic Church, including history and present controversies, from the author of the Bad Catholic's Guides.

Back by popular demand, the best-selling Politically Incorrect Guides provide an unvarnished, unapologetic overview of controversial topics every American should understand. The Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism refutes misrepresentations and misconceptions about the Catholic Church and separates rumor from truth when it comes to Catholic traditions, faith, and controversial leaders.

©2016 John Zmirak (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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uncomfortably true

When a faithful Catholic hears about figures within the Catholic Church advocating open borders, the seamless garment Doctrine, liberation theology, and a number of other positions that previously they understood to be categorically antithetical to the Catholic church, it is understandable that faithful Catholics might be confused.

Be confused no more.

In entertaining fashion, the author delineates Catholic Doctrine as opposed to what people often think Catholic Doctrine is.

The reader does a generally good job trying to maintain an appropriate level of emotion and intensity at different points, but there are a number of times that words are mispronounced, although those are few.

The chapter breaks and tracks operations are not in alignment with one another. this is maybe one of two minor criticisms of the book that I think are very valid. I believe there are 79 total tracks, and there are certainly not 79 chapters. Where is this does make it more convenient 2 get back into a book at a point closer to where you may have left off, that is usually accomplished in the audible app by itself. I don't know why there are 79 different sections in this book.

the authors list of topics that are dealt with is very broad but generally focuses on areas which are popularly misconstrued vs those positions which are authentically Catholic.

some of the topics dealt with r pacifism, the death penalty, immigration, Liberation theology, socialism, Vatican 2, and a number of others.

a person might think, when looking at the cover, that the book will have no criticism of the right. That is not true. There is adequate criticism provided of a number of right-wing actors that do not support positions which are doctrinally Catholic. There is more than adequate criticism of those such as Murray Rothbard.

The true fulcrum on which the author balances criticism is Catholic Doctrine. Whether from the right or from the left, none of those but claim Catholic alignment but cannot align themselves with the position of the Catholic Church are spared criticism.

in general, the book is excellent. Certainly, there could be some improvements, but not without undermining the breadth or depth of the coverage of the material.

the book manages the trick of being fairly long, but at the end, the reader is surprised and a little bit disappointed that there isn't just one more chapter.

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Convincingly flawed on Some Topics

The author doesn't pull any punches. Unfortunately, his punches sometimes aim at strawman man arguments. I really wanted to like this book and some chapters of this book ARE very good.

The author criticizes the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Papal Encyclicals, the Movie Ordo.

It's not upsetting that the author criticizes St. John Paul II the Great, Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis on issues such as immigration, the death penalty, the welfare state, etc. Well, it is; however, the problem is that the author sometimes uses extreme examples to try to prove his point. Readers, listeners, with background on these issues, will be annoyed at the weakness of his arguments on SOME issues.

A Conservative Catholic.

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Spot on

This book is both spot on regarding true Catholic fundamentals and will make you both angry and laugh out loud at certain points.

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Profound and witty

I greatly enjoyed the book. The author uses great wit and extensive knowledge to bring great clarity to the topic. I highly recommend this book.

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Excellent!!!

Love being Catholic and would like to know what is happening to the mass? This is the book for you. I learned so much. Thank you Aubible for recording such a wonderful book.

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Well read, and brings up several good points

This book brings up good points and paints a fearless defense of catholic doctrine that is enlightening to the interested reader. That said the author undermines himself by focusing at times on refuting fringe arguments on the edge of existence or that have lost adherents entirely while also taking fringe stances himself on a couple issues like climate change and population growth as well. The book recommendations are quite helpful and overall a worthwhile read.

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Part explanation, part rant

The author goes way out of bounds in exploring what he calls Catholicism, reviewing the changing contraception polices of the People's Republic of China, for example, a topic totally irrelevant to Catholic doctrine. This book should be a blog with comments where we can call him on his factual errors, obvious character assassinations, and questionable theology.

As for the performance, I would expect it to be a matter of course for a narrator to go through a book in advance to spot words he/she doesn't know how to pronounce, and get the pronunciations before reading. Then Mr. Lawlor would know, for example, that Augustine is pronounced "Uh-gus'-tin" -- it rhymes with Rustin -- and not "Og'-us-teen."

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Very perceptive about current dystopia

A very valuable read for every Catholic and Protestant. The author well describes today's cultural confusion and the evil devices of today's thought leaders in the church and outside.

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i am a little confused

overall the book was good and well written but i think the author uses to much sarcasm. to the point that it is hard to tell if he is joking or serious. i got this book to learn more about my faith and it seems to have left me with more questions. in some ways i almost could say the book dose not faver one side or the other. it simply tell it like it is and the listener has to make there own conclusions. i would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning how things are done today versus how they were done back then. i my opinion neither then or now is very good because nether have a very good way of addressing the real problems people go there when trying to understand there faith. good luck and i how the next person who listens can find what they are looking for.

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Awful.

The author starts with an absolute falsehood, and it goes downhill from there. He says that any pope who says anything that contradicts anything any previous pope has said “discredits himself and his office” and becomes a “shadow pope, a ghost pope.”
That is complete BS. Papal infallibility is limited to ex cathedra pronouncements, and there have only been two of those: concerning the Immaculate Conception and the Annunciation.
Catholics are required to educate their consciences in light of the Church’s teachings, then, according to Thomas Aquinas, to follow their consciences.
This guy is way off base.
I guess I should have been warned by the title.
I’m going to see if I can get a refund.

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Too America centric

This book would be fine if you’re interested in this topic and you’re American. The rest of the world will struggle to keep up . Too much localised Catholic politics to keep me interested.

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very informative and facetiously funny

I really enjoyed this book ... very illuminating on how the Catholic church operates and written in a facetious and sarcastic tone and had me laughing and solemnly nodding at the same time ... I learnt what the infallibility of the Pope really means and the explanation of the concept of the majesterium ... illuminating and informative ... the media portrays the church as irrelevant, archaic, anti-women, oppressively authoritarian etc etc... but as a system of faith , belief and church tradition it really is a structure of divine revelation ... the book is brutally honest about the church's failings e.g. the paedophilia scandals ... but at the same shows that the church has been and continues to be a beacon of truth in these days of authoritarian political correctness e.g. same sex marriage, safe places, identity politics, acceptance and entrenchment of gay rights, the damage feminism has inflicted upon society, the false teachings of socialism and liberation theology and the murdering machine of Planned Parenthood. Thank God for the Catholic Church. btw I'm a protestant ...