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Continuing to grow and learn
Mike Aquilina introduces his latest book with some negative impressions of the Church expressed in today’s culture, goes on to remind us of the positive impact Catholics have had on the growth of civilization, and then reveals that this book is about something even bigger. “Everything about our modern world we think is good is there because of the Church,” he writes.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The opening chapter is a review of civilization dating to the days of the declining Roman Empire, Constantine’s, establishing Christianity as the dominant religion, and the growth of literature and literacy through the rein of Charlemagne. The remaining chapters focus on the Church’s accomplishments in science, the arts, human dignity, and peace.
In his final chapter, Aquilina addresses the future of the Church. He acknowledges decline in attendance and other problems the Church faces today in English-speaking countries and Western Europe, then hails rapid expansion in Africa and Asia. He acknowledges the damage done by clerical sexual abuse, then explains that priests are no more likely to be abusive than the general population, and patterns of abuse are difficult to find if they exist at all. In this area, Aquilina decries the instances where authorities covered up suspected and known abuse. In general, he states, the Church has survived severe scandals throughout her history including medieval popes who were political pawns and Renaissance popes who came from murderous families.
He closes with the assertion that the Catholic Church is present and growing throughout the world and will continue to grow and learn, “always true to itself, and always faithful to the teachings of the apostles.”