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No Lions in the Hierarchy
An Anthology of Sorts
by Joseph Dunn
This is a big book and it deals with big issues. The author Joseph Dunn is a Catholic priest. He is also a journalist and theologian who has travelled all over the world making films on church matters for Irish TV. The book was first published under John-Paul's pontificate and is now reissued owing to its continuing interest. Among the major issues he deals with are priestly celibacy, the ordination of women, birth control, liberation theology and the centrality of Rome and the Vatican. These are all contemporary controversial issues, dealing as they do with what the author sees as shortcomings in the Catholic Church. However, Fr. Dunn insists throughout that he remains a firm, believing and practising Catholic and that he is motivated solely by love of his church. This is a book that should be read by all who care about the future of the Catholic Church.
Reviewer: John Irvine (05/12/12)