The title says it all! It's Not Necessarily So: A Senior Priest Separates Faith from Fiction and Makes Sense of Belief. A wise parish priest and educator not only tackles the problems in the institution of the Catholic Church and the dogma of the Catholic faith but also offers solutions and spiritual insights.
Fr. Richard Rento, STL, confronts the issue of clergy sexual abuse head on and focuses on many other areas of church dysfunction. Anyone who has ever questioned illogical rules, meaningless ritual, or implausible doctrine will find answers in this book. Written in a warm and friendly style, the book addresses life-impacting and community-building issues ranging from answered prayers to gay marriage, from abortion to the meaning of God.
From the get-go Fr. Rento announces that he is not a theologian, so don't expect any theological treatises or dissertations. Rather, be treated to his personal experience and unpretentious language. Persons who have doubts, fears, or misgivings about their faith and/or their relationship with the church will find comfort in this book. "Nones" and parents of "nones" will appreciate Fr. Rento's perceptions, as will everyone who is searching for meaning in life and a belief system based upon a relationship with the Divine that respects and resonates with the whole person and allows for spiritual growth and maturity.
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