News, Bad News
Evangelization, Conversion, and The Crisis of Faith
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Author: Fr. C. John McCloskey, Russell Shaw
Length: 134 pages
Fr. John McCloskey has become a famous “convert maker” in the powerful corridors close to the White House. Having run the Catholic Information Center in the heart of Washington, DC from 1998 to 2004, McCloskey had direct contact with numerous well-known and lesser-known Washington figures. Among well-known Catholic converts instructed by Fr. McCloskey are Senator Sam Brownback, publisher Alfred Regnery, Dr. Bernard Nathanson, journalist Robert Novak and many others.
This work is a joint effort of McCloskey and Russell Shaw, the widely read Catholic author, speaker, and former communications director for the U.S. bishops. Drawing on moving, firsthand accounts of conversions, this book combines personal testimony, solid theology, and effective methods of communicating the Catholic Faith.
Father C. John McCloskey, III, STD is a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei and a research Fellow at the Faith and Reason Institute. He has served as a Catholic chaplain at Princeton University and as director of the Catholic Information Center in Washington. His articles have appeared in such publications as Catholic World Report, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.
Russell Shaw is the author of eighteen books and is the former information director of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/United States Catholic Conference and Knights of Columbus. He is also a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, the father of five and the grandfather of nine.
experience, I can testify that Father C. John McCloskey is one of America’s
great Catholic evangelizers. This book is a unique, fascinating guide of how
and why to convert, and it should be must reading for all Catholics.
—Robert D. Novak, Syndicated Columnist
Mr. Shaw and
Fr. McCloskey have written a book about repentance, recovery, conversion,
and joy. I recommend it because I have experienced it through Jesus, my Savior.
—Lawrence Kudlow, Host CNBC's "Kudlow & Company"
friendship and their family life, Catholics converted the Roman Empire, on
person at a time. This book shows you how it was done-and how it's still done
today. It's a book that can change the world all over again.
—Scott Hahn, author Rome Sweet Home
This book ranks
with Karl Stern’s Pillar of Fire and Thomas Merton’s Seven Storey
Mountain as an indispensable spiritual road map for the perplexed, the sorely
bent and the broken.I know: Father John McCloskey was my Virgil, guiding me
gently and lovingly through the terrifying jungle of secular success to a
place of infinite surcease – God’s grace.
—Dr. Bernard Nathanson, Pro-Life activist and author
Fr. C.J. McCloskey
and Russell Shaw are themselves incomparavle evangelists and apologists of
the Curch. They are compelling writers. All should study them.
—Lewis E.Lehrman, 2005 winner of the National Humanities Medal
No matter where
you are in your spiritual journey, pick this book up and be transformed both
inside and out.
—Raymond Arroyo, EWTN News Director and New York times Best selling author
When it comes
to leading people into full communion with the Catholic Church, Fulton J.
Sheen was the John McCloskey of his day.
—Robert P. George, Princeton University
This book is calling all Catholics to share the gift of faith and shows them how to do so with winsome joy.
—Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, Editor-In-chief of First Things
provocative. This is an important book we all need to read.
—Bowie Kuhn, Former Commissioner of Professional Baseball.
no more articulate believer in the power and majesty of the Catholic Church
than Fr. C. J. McCloskey. Any sincere searcher for Truth who is attracted
to Christian--particularly Catholic--faith, will want to read this book. Agree
or disagree with Fr. McClosky's unequivocal perspectives, his assertive witness
provides much food for thought."
—Wesley J. Smith Senior fellow, Discovery Institute and author of Culture of Death: The Assault on Medical Ethics in America.
I've often wished
that the call to Christian witness could come with a user's manual. Now it
does, and the book is written by two true heroes of the apostolate. Do the
world a favor and read this book today!
—Mike Aquilina, EWTN host. Vice-President, St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. Author, The Father
Fr. C. John McCloskey
is one of the foremost apostles of the new evangelization in the United States.
Catholics looking to bring converts into the fold should pay close attention
to this wise and engaging book.
—W. Bradford Wilcox, author of Soft Patriarchs, New Men: How Christianity Shapes Fathers and Husbands
Good News, Bad
News is a wonderful contribution to the new evangelization envisioned by Pope
John Paul II. Although dialogue is important for the Church, it is not a replacement
for the fundamental call to evangelize. Father C.J. McCloskey and Russell
Shaw, with clarity and deep insight, show how this can be done today in a
joyful effort to bring others to the fullness of truth, which is found in
Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Church. All those who love Our Lord and long
to share the Faith would do well to read this excellent work.
—Dr. Timothy O'Donnell, STD, KGCHS, President of Christendom College.
and Russell Shaw's new work is an arresting reminder that even in our relentlessly
technological age, sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ born and raised from
the dead is still best accomplished person-to-person. In these pages two compelling
writer/evangelists provide both blueprint and testimonial to the ongoing power
of the personal witness and its role in the evangelization of persons and
—Jeffrey O. Nelson, President, Thomas More College of Liberal Arts.
to converting people to the Catholic Faith in the modern world today are formidable.
It is difficult to imagine a time since Luther's revolt when Catholicism has
been more misrepresented and misunderstood, and more treated with contempt
and indifference. Fr. John McCloskey and Russell Shaw - the priest and the
journalist -show how, despite these impediments, the Truth of the Catholic
Faith can be made known to self-identified modern people through appeals to
the intellect and the heart seeking understanding. Both practical and inspiring,
McCloskey and Shaw have provided us with an indispensable guide for bringing
others to where we are all called - home to Christ and his Catholic Church,
the home of Truth and Divine Love.
—Samuel Gregg, Acton Institute
Father John is
the subject of much wariness in some quarters — a secretive figure working
the back corridors of power, sewing the seeds of medieval intrigue. Here's
his playbook, for anyone to read, along with some A-list testimonials.
—Dave Shiflet, author "Exodus -- Why Americans Are Fleeing Liberal Churches for Conservative Christianity."
and Shaw we have examples of men who contradict the vacuous dictum that those
who cannot do, teach. They teach what they have done, and have done well.
What they say is both faithful and reasonable and the combination has already
affected many lives.
—Fr. George William Rutler, New York City.
Fr. C. John McCloskey
has written a book from an uncommon vantage point: the perspective of a clear-eyed,
optimistic Christian who focuses, not on the obstacles to religious belief
in our society, but on the incredible opportunities for evangelization. Drawing
on his broad pastoral experience, and giving us the actual words of many ordinary,
real-world people who have gone through different forms of conversion, he
offers a multitude of resources to use and practical steps to take in order
to bring others closer to Christ in a very normal, “un-preachy”
way. This unapologetic introduction to apologetics will open people’s
eyes to marvelous possibilities for being apostles in their own lives."
—Christopher Wolfe, author of Natural Law Liberalism and Co-Director of the Ralph McInerny Center for Thomistic Studies
In a time of
great conversions to the Catholic Church, not only in numbers but in the noteworthiness
of the converts themselves, we are now blessed to have the Good News and the
Bad News about the state of the Church and conversions in our age. Fr. McCloskey
has been on the front lines, leading searching souls to the fullness of the
faith. The stories are fascinating, the background instructive. This book
is a fascinating read that will enthrall you from beginning to end.
—Steve Ray, author of Crossing the Tiber
Fr. C. John McCloskey
has provided a clear and practical guide for the apostolate of evangelization
to which God calls every member of the Catholic laity. With confidence in
the power of the truth and an understanding of the joy that permeates faithful
Catholic life, Fr. McCloskey draws upon his own considerable experience in
helping converts into the Church to assure us that we, too, can be God’s
instruments in this edifying work.
This book is in many ways an exhortation to genuine friendship and love—just as Our Lord offers us friendship with God, so also can we help those we care about to a fuller friendship with Christ. If we take to heart and put into practice the message of this very readable little book, not only will we have a role in bringing God’s kingdom to our friends and relatives, we will grow in our own relationship with Christ.
—Dr. Thomas E. Dillon, President of Thomas Aquinas College
Shaw have put forth a clarion call to the laity to proclaim the Gospel and
defend the Faith. Good News, Bad News is filled with inspiring stories, concrete
advice, and a clear theological vision of what it means to be a disciple and
witness of Jesus Christ in a culture in desperate need of the Truth."
—Carl Olson, author of Will Catholics Be Left Behind?
Those who forget
the role of contemplation in the conversion of souls would be well advised
to read this book. As one of the greatest saints of the twentieth century
has reminded us, it is prayer, then action, that is the recipe for winning
souls for Christ
—Joe Sobran, Syndicated Columnist
A great priest
and a great writer combine on a great topic, the path to Rome - now that's
a great idea! As one who tread that path some years ago, I can not think of
a more important subject. Hopefully, this book will inspire others to follow
—William L. Saunders,Vice President, Family Research Council
Fr John McCloskey
is an expert apologist and evangelist. With patience, wisdom, compassion and
wit he has helped many people come into joyful full communion with the Catholic
Church. Here he applies the same gifts to the task of teaching others the
art of winning converts. Good News is a fresh, practical and readable manual
for the New Evangelization, and should be devoured by all those involved in
sharing their faith.
—Fr Dwight Longenecker, author, broadcaster and Chaplain of St Joseph’s School, Greenville, South Carolina
Good News gives
Christians of today a clear guide on how to reach out to people and disseminate
the truth about life. The many personal stories about how human beings opened
their souls to the Lord's calling have one implicit element in common: McCloskey's
extending himself to meet and understand human beings as they are. God does
the conversion, but McCloskey has helped open minds and hearts by an apostleship
based on prayer, knowledge about his faith, example and courage.
—Alejandro Antonio Chafuen, CEO of Atlas Economic Research Foundation.
In this tour
de-force, one of America's foremost writers and a well known priest evangelist,
provide a theologically rich and a pastorally wise guide for Catholics to
fulfill the Lord's command "Make disciples of all nations" Mt. 28:19.
The personal stories provide thrilling moments of how God works through the
evangelizer and in the converted. For priests and laity this thoughtful, joyful
and practical book is a must!
—Bernard Dobranski, President and Dean, Ave Maria School of Law.
Holiness in The New Evangelization may sound forbidding, but it offers a very
practical spirituality. If a friend asks about converting to Catholicism,
here is simple, straightfoward and unembarrassing advice. Almost all the known
questions related to conversion are similarly discussed. God will be the real
sheperd, of course, but this is a clear set of guideposts to Catholicism from
which even (or especially) exisiting Catholics will benefit.
—John O'Sullivan, author The President, the Pope and the Prime Minister
there will be no evangelization, that is the good news and the bad news. The
call to change is the very heart of the gospel and the new evangelization
—Bishop Nicholas Di Marzio, Brooklyn
sometimes has a bad name. But Father McCloskey and Russell Shaw show why this
needn't be the case. In fact, they explain why evangelization is every Christian's
responsibility and how to evangelize with both zeal and genuine respect for
—Sen. Rick Santorum
Readers are guaranteed
to find this book highly intelligent, unabashedly orthodox, and splendidly
readable. The team of "Fr. C. John" and Russell Shaw would be very
difficult to beat.
—Thomas Howard, author of The Night is Far Spent
We are repeatedly
told that the success formula in life is KISS: Keep it simple, Stupid! And
that's just what Father McCloskey has done in his work on evangelization.
We are reminded that this task of "convert-making" is pre-eminently
a lay apostolate and that it takes no more than a basic knowledge of the faith,
living it enthusiastically and being willing to share it honestly and joyfully.
The whole book constantly brought back memories of my own father - a common
laborer with only a high school diploma - who throughout the fifties and sixties
brought dozens of honest seekers into the Catholic Church by his own fervent
witness and intelligent presentation of the Catholic Faith. What God has made
so simple, we ought not to complicate, as this book amply demonstrates.
—The Reverend Peter M.J. Stravinskas, PhD., S.T.D. editor, The Catholic Response
Father C. John
McCloskey is one of the most dynamic apostles of Jesus I have ever known.
He has the ability to present the good news of our redemption through the
saving life, death, and resurrection of Our Lord persuasively, enthusiastically,
invitingly. In Evangelization, Conversion and the Crisis of Faith Father "C.J"
and Russell Shaw describe the compelling insights Father has used to share
the truths of the faith in an inspiring way. I personally know some of the
persons he has converted-and whose moving testimonies are included in this
book-and the way their lives have been transformed as a result. This is a
—William E. May, Michael J. McGivney Professor of Moral Theology, Pontifical John Paul II Institute and author of Standing with Peter: Reflections of a Lay
Theologian on God's Loving Providence
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