WHY BE CATHOLIC?                               PATRICK MADRID
Posted:  April 28, 2014

Why Be Catholic: Ten Reasons Why It's Not Only Cool but Important to Be Catholic The popular blogger and publisher of Envoy magazine offers 10 key reasons why he loves being Catholic (and you should too). Drawing heavily on poignant anecdotes from his own experience as a life-long Catholic born in 1960s, Madrid offers readers a way of looking at the Church--its members, teachings, customs, and history--from perspectives many may have never considered.

Growing up Catholic during a time of great social and theological upheaval and transition, a time in which countless Catholics abandoned their religion in search of something else, Patrick Madrid learned a great deal about why people leave Catholicism and why others stay. This experience helped him gain many insights into what it is about the Catholic Church that some people reject, as well as those things that others treasure. Drawing upon Madrid's personal experiences, Why Be Catholic? offers a deeply personal, fact-based, rationale for why everyone should be Catholic or at least consider the Catholic Church in a new light.

This is a good book for either a Catholic or for a Catholic that has left the church for whatever reason. For today’s Catholic he helps define what it means to be a Catholic and explains the teachings of the church in a way that is easy to understand but also has all of the reverences to go along with them. He also explains how or what events when he was younger made him defend his faith. I found that part of the book interesting, for I would not have been able to do that when I was a teen. Being a Catholic, I realized that that this book is not only for adults but for families and for children. This is the one thing we lack at times, teaching what it means to be Catholic, the true meaning. The importance of our sacraments and where in the scriptures they come from. By doing this our young people would feel more empowered and not feel like they are defending the church from the beginning. He does tells of a story of a teenage girl going to a Priest and asking for help and he could not even make the time to pray with her. Those type of stories are hard to dismiss, for there are hundreds, thousands of them out there. Some people should not be a priest. That part is something that when I heard that story broke my heart for that women. He speaks of the scandal and like most books about the church he dealt with it at the beginning. Again growing up in the church it seems less than but I feel very sorry for all who came forward and for those who could not. This book was a very honest and good book about the reasons why to be a Catholic. For me it just reaffirmed my Love for Christ. A good book for Catholics and none Catholics. I also think that every family should be given a copy of this book. I got this book from net galley. 

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