Dr. Gerard Verschuuren has written an extremely valuable and thoughtful response to issues Catholics encounter from an often doubtful and often cynical world. Each of the five issues is well researched and thoroughly covered, avoiding excessive defensiveness, yet insisting on fairness and accuracy from our critics. Historical issues are usually complex and require context and careful analysis. Dr. Verschuuren provides that here in rich abundance.
This book is a gift to Catholics, historians, and also for critics who seek thorough and thoughtful analysis.
— Msgr. Charles Pope
Our Sunday Visitor Columnist and blogger
Pastor at Holy Comforter - St Cyprian Parish, Washington, DC.
Is anti-Catholicism the last acceptable prejudice in America? It is certainly one of the oldest, besides being alive and well today. In “Five Anti-Catholic Myths,” Dr. Gerard Verschuuren provides a clear, forceful, and eminently factual refutation of some of the foundational slurs aimed at the Church.
Here is apologetics that's timely, intelligent, and done with a flare.
— Russell Shaw
Consultor of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications
Adjunct professor at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome
Former Secretary for Public Affairs of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/US Catholic Conference
Mary Ann Glendon, professor of law at Harvard has stated that “it must be hard for Catholics brought up on movies and TV to avoid the impression that their Church holds a special niche in some historical hall of shame.” We can be grateful to Dr. Verschuuren for correcting that unfortunate misconception. He has provided anyone who is interested in being liberated from anti-Catholic mythology a valuable service. His Five Anti-Catholic Myths is readable, reliable, and rewarding.
I commend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about the truth of Catholic history and to counteract those unenlightened historians who use Catholicism as a scapegoat for whatever they happen to dislike.
— Dr. Donald T. DeMarco
Professor Emeritus, St. Jerome’s University
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
"Five Anti-Catholic Myths is an eye-opening resource and an excellent starting point for those who would explore controversial episodes of history. It is also a book which highlights the need for a radical alternative to the self-righteous progressive triumphalism so prevalent in Western discourse."
"Gerard M. Verschuuren’s book is an excellent guide to these controversial topics and a very useful corrective to what many see as some of the most dangerous anti-Catholic myths of our times."
"The myths examined in this wonderfully readable work are slavery, the Crusades, the Inquisition, Galileo and the Holocaust. [...] There are many other anti-Catholic myths. However, the author helps us destroy five of the biggest. This is an important book for Catholic apologists."
"I think the author did a good job of presenting the material in a fair and interesting way. I especially liked the way he handled controversial topics like the inquisition. Overall, a well delivered study and an interesting book."
"The information in this slim volume is excellent, but to debunk the anti-Catholic myths in the minds of many will take more of a sheepish grin than an angry snarl. This task must, therefore, fall to the readers of Verschuuren’s mostly praiseworthy book."
"Five Anti-Catholic Myths is well written and well considered, faithful without being pugnacious, and myth-busting without being a whitewash."
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