Anti-Catholicism has a long history in America. And as Philip Jenkins argues in The New Anti-Catholicism, this virulent strain of hatred - once thought dead - is alive and well in our nation, but few people seem to notice, or care. A statement that is seen as racist, misogynistic, anti-Semitic, or homophobic can haunt a speaker for years, writes Jenkins, but it is still possible to make hostile and vituperative public statements about Roman Catholicism without fear of serious repercussions. Jenkins shines a light on anti-Catholic sentiment in American society and illuminates its causes, looking closely at gay and feminist anti-Catholicism, anti-Catholic rhetoric and imagery in the media, and the anti-Catholicism of the academic world.
For newspapers and newsmagazines, for television news and in movies, for major book publishers, the Catholic Church has come to provide a grossly stereotyped public villain. Catholic opinions, doctrines, and individual leaders are frequently the butt of harsh satire. Indeed, the notion that the church is a deadly enemy of women - the idea of Catholic misogyny - is commonly accepted in the news media and in popular culture, says Jenkins. And the recent pedophile priest scandal, he shows, has revived many ancient anti-Catholic stereotypes. It was said that with the election of John F. Kennedy, anti-Catholicism in America was dead. This provocative new audiobook corrects that illusion, drawing attention to this important issue.
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A Fair Work
- Greg Impink
Can not recommend highly enough!
Truth well told.
Pope Pius XII, because his treatment truly epitomizes everything about anti-Catholic prejudice that this book is shining it's light upon.
Yes. But, far too dense and lengthy for that.
I am Catholic and I really appreciate this non-Catholic author's intellectual honesty and unjaundiced view. I, like so many uninformed Catholics, was unwittingly 'catechized' by the unflinchingly bigoted and remarkably anti-Catholic media and cultural milieu. Beaten down by this, I left the Church for awhile, not even realizing that most of what I had learned was untrue. I came back to the Church and am much happier for it. But, raising Catholic kids in this society is near impossible. This book - especially chapters 7 and 9 - have really helped me to see the facts in spite of the propaganda. The discussion on 'Hitler's Pope' was riveting, and the genesis of, and statistical truth around the so called 'pedophile priest' scandal was even more so.