Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Jimmy Breslin quits genuflecting

When Jimmy Breslin quits genuflecting, the Catholic Church in America might as well pack up its baptismal fonts, chalices and collection baskets and beat a retreat to Rome. And that time would be now. Breslin's latest book, "The Church That Forgot Christ", is an impassioned denunciation -- not of the Catholic faith which Breslin has practiced since his days as a parochial school kid in Queens -- but of the Church as an institution. As Breslin documents here his slow recognition of his own moral disgust with the Church came as more and more accounts of the sexual abuse of children by priests began to reach his desk. Just as evil, in a bureaucratic sense, to Breslin is the Church's long record of cover-ups of such horrors. - Book Reviews

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