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Catholic Q & A: Answers to the Most Common Questions About Catholicism [Paperback]

By John J. Dietzen (Author)
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Pages   560
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 28, 2005
ISBN  0824523091  
EAN  9780824523091  

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Crossroad is delighted to take over publication of this Guildhall classic and introduce it to the general trade market for the first time. Three features make this book unique: It is comprehensive and current. These hundreds of questions are drawn from real-life quesitons Fr. Dietzen has received over the years from readers and parishioners, and new questions are added for every edition to reflect current trends and issues. It is Catholic. Fr. Dietzen shows what the official church teaching is, as well as where church teaching is silent. It is compassionate. Fr. Dietzen wrties with an engaging and warm pastoral style to convey the joy and wisdom of the Catholic faith.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John J. Dietzen is a retired Catholic pastor whose career has spanned 40 years in pastoral ministry, marriage and family education, and journalism. His weekly question and answer column is syndicated nationally in nearly 40 Catholic newspapers, and he also writes a weekly column for the "Peoria Journal-Star." He teaches philosophy and conducts parish missions and retreats for men, women, and couples and serves as episcopal vicar for retired priests in his diocese. He lives in Peoria, Illinois.

John J. Dietzen was born in 1927.

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Liberal  Mar 26, 2007
I was impressed with the topics addressed in this book, but not the responses, that is, when Fr. Dietzen did respond rather than dance around an issue. After some interesting responses, I noticed the lack of a bibliography. Fr. Dietzen writes with an authoratative tone, yet some of his claims seem to be more of a personal opinion. Some, however, are excellent.

Fr. seems to be trying for an extremely ecumenical, inclusive atmosphere, in the "spirit of Vatican II," which many Orthodox Catholics are now reacting against. Fr. uses quotation marks when referencing Martin Luther's "heretical" teachings, yet does not say to which he is referring. His answer to Jesus' descent was much better answered centuries ago in the Summa Theologiae. While he may be right about not taking it too extremely, Fr. seems to dismiss completely the remarks made by Bl. Teresa regarding her not receiving Communion on the hand.

Fr. seems to be intolerant of Catholics who seem to be frustrated with todays atmosphere which, at times, can seem to lack the Orthodoxy they strive to see. Instead of answering their frustrations, he seems to dismiss them as rash, etc.

I did like some of his clarifications on marriage and receptions of the sacraments.
The 1st 1/3 of this book needs to be excised  Nov 5, 2006
The first 1/3 of this book is really terrible in its' presentation of the Catholic faith, particularly with regards to biblical theology. There are some later parts that I also find objectionable. The rest of his book is okay, and even quite moving, in parts. I particularly enjoyed what the author had to say on pages 222 & 223, about marital love. This was not, however, enough to sway my low opinion of the beginnings of this book.

Allow me to quote just one small example of Dietzen's loony meanderings:

On page 468, Dietzen answers a question on what happens to our soul at death. He writes,

"Both our spiritual and material parts, traditionally referred to as body and soul, are essential for our human nature, whether here or in the next life. In other words, it seems there can be no such thing as a human soul floating around without a body. If a soul does not have some relation to a body, it is not a human soul. Whatever it is, if such a separate existence were even possible, it would not be a human being."

The author goes on to view positively the view of what is often referred to as "soul sleep."
This is a view that is held by Seventh Day Adventists and Jehovah Witnesses.
It also seems to reflect the speculations of Origen, from the mid 3rd century AD.

Somehow, Fr. Dietzen must have been sleeping during his seminary days when his professors dealt with the biblical and patristic views of life after death. Perhaps he does not recall the parable of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31), or the martyrs under the heavenly altar (Revelation 6:9-11). In case one might consider the first two citations mere stories, please consider 2 Corinthians 5:1-11; and chapter 12 of the same letter.

Save yourself the time, money and disappointment that will come with "Catholic Q&A", and instead do yourself a favor.
A more orthodox book currently available is "Catholic Replies" by James J. Drummey, C.R. Publications.
It is a far more orthodox book on a broad range of subject matter from a Roman Catholic point of view.

John Paul
Answers that set things right  Sep 4, 2006
This is a great resource in any Catholic's home. Fr. Dietzen's compilation of questions and answers go across the board. The book addresses issues of marriage and divorce, abortion, extra-terrestial life, sexual orientation and of course, celibacy. Actually, that's just a sampling of the many topics covered in this book. I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Catholic with hundreds of years of ancestors behind me but questions still pop in my mind. Fr. Dietzen's responses are enlightening and succint. He is polite and honest, good qualities in a priest. Some may say the book is soft but what's wrong with that? It is a gentle approach and refreshing as opposed to the in-your-face communication that is now rampant in the world.

I love this book and if another one comes out, I'll surely buy it. It's like having your parish priest right beside you.
Softer Side of Catholicism  Apr 19, 2006
Barr and Phillips, two other reviewers, are both correct in the assessment that the book is a bit soft. For those who are struggling this is a nice feather bed; however, for those who are strongly convinced about the teachings of the Church will find the responses lack the "justness" of God.

The book is theologically correct, but one should note that most priests in fact are overworked and tend to support the active faithful flock in front of them, not the half hearted non attending luke warm Catholic who shows up for sacramental activities (infant baptism, marriage, etc) and fades away quickly once done.

Thus the section on Marriage is correct and orthodox, and some priests may provide great comfort and be "flexible" as cannon law allows. In reality, in most of the parishes I have been in, the priests are hardly able to accommodate the needs of the faithful weekly attendees, let alone the half hearted so the bulletins will have statements that say, things like sacramental marriages in the church are preformed for those who are active practicing Catholics, and have to be arranged one year in advance of the date of marriage. Most of the answers are like these, and practice doesn't always marry up to teachings, and the author points this out very pleasantly.

Overall the book is a gentle read, very well written. Excellent gift for a new Catholic, or someone you know in an RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) class, who is preparing for baptism, confirmation or who is returning to the Church after a long absence.
Easy to Understand & Compassionate  Nov 28, 2005
If you are a self-righteous "they're doing something wrong and I'm gonna tell" type, this is not the book for you. On the other hand, if you actually remember the teachings of Jesus on mercy, compassion, judging not and forgiveness, then you will love Dietzen's book. As he says in one chapter,there seem to be a lot of "christians" who are overly eager to point out the failings of others hoping, it seems, to see some sort of punishment exacted. The same type of folks who'd enjoy a public hanging I'm guessing. Anyway, this book is a great aid in dealing with such people and in helping to avoid becoming one yourself.

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