Book Review: The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis

This review appeared originally on the Independent Catholic News   Book: The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis Rebecca Tinsley The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis by Garry Wills, Viking Books, 2015 Progressive Catholics who hope Pope Francis will reform the Church will find Garry Wills’s latest tome bristling with talking points that might come in handy in discussions with more traditionalist coreligionists. For instance, contends Wills, it is nonsense to say women cannot be ordained because Jesus did not ordain any, when Jesus didn’t ordain men either. Conservative Catholics, on the other hand, would do well to consider Wills’s learned and elegantly written arguments in the spirit of knowing…

Book Review: “Irish London During the Troubles” by Sean Sorohan

This review orginially appeared on the Independent Catholic News   Book: ‘Irish London During the Troubles’ Rebecca Tinsley Irish London During the Troubles’ Sean Sorohan, Irish Academic Press This is a gem of a book which will appeal to anyone interested in the immigrant experience in general or The Troubles in particular. Although focusing on the lives of Irish people living in London in the 1970s and 80s, the reader might wish to draw the obvious comparisons with how British Muslims are regarded, and how they see themselves, in an age of Islamist terrorism. Sorohan interviews a cross section of Irish immigrants in depth, concluding that many retained strong social networks with other Irish thanks…