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The Church Before Pilate

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 “A strikingly beautiful defense of Christ’s solution for the ills of man.”
                              Ave Maria Magazine, 1940


Key reviewers three generations ago, before most Catholics had lost their way, highlighted the value of this brilliant volume for the average thinking person:

“Crisp and quotable, [demonstrates] Fr. Leen’s power of translating theology into life.”- Ave Maria Magazine

“Four short articles [explain] why the Church is called disloyal, rebellious and reactionary [by] modern systems of government.”- Ecclesiastical Review

“Sets forth clearly the true relations between Church and state.” - Catholic World

A glimpse at Catholic life in the 21st century…

  • Why the Church has been hated from the beginning
  • Why Christians are regularly accused of being “disloyal” to the state
  • The Church’s record of good to the world, even on secular terms
  • Has the Church really tolerated evil?
  • How the Church loves freedom more than presidents and potentates
  • Why the Church alone has a clear definition of “good government”
  • Why the Church is accused of being the enemy of “progress”
  • What it means to be obliged to “bear the daily Cross”
  • The largest obstacle to salvation lies in man’s internal condition
  • Why suffering is necessary—and even a means to happiness
  • Why men and women achieve themselves by devoting themselves
  • Why the Cross is the solution of all problems
  • Progress in the world? In reality, it’s usually regress
  • Why God made man—what this really means about happiness today

A brilliant Redemptorist priest at work. Sample Fr. Edward Leen:

“There is progress…in scientific achievement. This progress, however, but serves to enable men to be more cruelly and pitilessly destructive. Man is not a creature who has been, during all the ages, moving steadily away from barbarism, but a creature who, at each moment; is in danger of relapsing into barbarism.”

“Christianity is the revelation of the Cross as the instrument of happiness in a fallen world. It alone can cure the soul of that blindness which prevents it from seeing the face of God. A comparison taken from the scenes of war will illustrate this statement. God is personally in every soul in grace, but He is there as besieged in a fortress. Between Him and the spiritual perceptions of the soul lie stout walls in a triple circle…the triple concupiscence which is the heritage of Original Sin.”

“Every revolt against Catholicity from the beginning, every heresy, was a masked attack of Satan on the true God. In Communism the mask is torn off and the revolt is open and avowed.”

“The world is an evil case not because Christianity has failed but because Christians have failed to practice Christianity.”


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