USC Bookclub: Reclaiming Catholicism

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Reclaiming Catholicism: Traditions Old and New

Edited by Thomas H. Groome and Michael J. Daley

Review: Reclaiming Catholicism: Treasures Old and New, edited by Thomas H. Groome and Michael J. Daley, offers a fascinating glimpse of Catholic life in the days before Vatican II: no meat on Friday, the communion fast starting at midnight, the Legion of Decency ratings on movies. The essayists of this book, many of whom have written or been interviewed in U.S. Catholic, mine the practices and significant Catholic figures of this period for their spiritual significance and ask what might still enrich our Catholic life today.

The 16 essays in the section on personalities stood out as especially interesting. There are some great vignettes throughout, including Martin Scorsese’s defense of The Last Temptation of Christ: “My whole life has been movies and religion. That’s it. Nothing else." —Catherine O'Connell-Cahill, Senior Editor,  U.S. CATHOLIC