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Posted January 13, 2012
The Broken Path is an amazing, disturbing, thought provoking, and ultimately uplifting book by one of the true heroes of the pro-life movement. It's eminently readable and, at least for me, a real page-turner. Once I started reading, I had a hard time putting it down. As upsetting as the issues raised and indictments made by author Judie Brown are, she is anything but a Catholic basher. She loves the Catholic Church and wants nothing more than to see it return to a path of righteousness. As she says at the end of the book's introduction "I am not going to stand or walk on a broken path and continue to watch souls go the wrong way. I love being Catholic and I want others to see why. It is my sincere hope that this book straightens the path for those who are concerned about what is at stake when a Catholic bishop or his spokespeople get lost in the weeds of American politics." From there Ms. Brown details sins of commission and omission by a number of bishops, naming names (including the bishop of the diocese in which I live) but also praises those bishops, sadly in the minority, who have courageously stood up for the true teachings of the Church. From the first chapter - How it all Began - to the final pages filled with hope and action items, each chapter transitions logically and smoothly from the last. Many chapters have action items of their own regarding how best to put the Church on the right path. If you're confused about why so many Catholic bishops don't stand up to courageously defend the most fundamental of life issues the Catholic Church teaches, The Broken Path will set you straight. If you don't understand how Catholic hospitals could be performing sterilization procedures and offering artificial birth control (both contrary to Catholic teaching and a culture of life), you'll learn the answers here. If you're wondering why a Catholic student is likely to be led away from the faith at most "Catholic" universities (and where to turn to find a good one) The Broken Path explains it all. Finally, my advice is buy and read this book. Buy extra copies for your favorite priests and your bishop, and, as Judie Brown wisely advises, pray for our priests and bishops.
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