Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

The Bad Catholic's Guide to the Catechism: A Faithful, Fun-Loving Look at Catholic Dogmas, Doctrines, and Schmoctrines

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

The Bad Catholic's Guide to the Catechism: A Faithful, Fun-Loving Look at Catholic Dogmas, Doctrines, and Schmoctrines

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The Bad Catholic's Guide to the Catechism: A Faithful, Fun-Loving Look at Catholic Dogmas, Doctrines, and Schmoctrines BY JOHN ZMIRAK COMPANY, 240 PAGES, $14.95

The newest addition to John Zmirak's series of Bad Catholic's Guides is the most intellectual and the most ambitious - if those are the right words to use for a book that combines the Baltimore Catechism with Monty Python-esque zaniness. Humorous romps through Catholic tradition, full of arcana and exhortations to enjoy the goods of the world for the glory of God (one was devoted to Wine, Whiskey, & Song), the first Guides were aimed at traditionally minded Catholics looking for a little fun.

Zmirak, writer in residence at Thomas More College, wants this book to be a tool for evangelization, something one could give to a fallenaway friend or teenage nephew. Neither is likely to appreciate jokes about the validity of holy orders after Vatican II or other bits of inside baseball that crop up from time to time. They might appreciate the book's serious theological and philosophical arguments, although you might be careful about to whom you offer the book. …

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