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League president heralds advantages to self, society of being Catholic


This is the cover of "The Catholic Advantage: Why Health, Happiness and Heaven Await the Faithful" by Bill Donohue. The book is reviewed by Brian T. Olszewski. (CNS)

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"The Catholic Advantage: Why Health, Happiness and Heaven Await the Faithful" by Bill Donohue. Image (New York, 2015). 265 pp, $24.

There are few, if any, surprises when one reads a Bill Donohue book. The president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights is a promoter of Christian living in general and the Catholic faith in particular; he defends both when they are attacked by government, media, organizations, academia and individuals.

"The Catholic Advantage" is an examination of what Donohue terms the "three B's of Catholicism -- beliefs, bonds and boundaries, which in turn leads to achieving the three H's -- health, happiness and heaven." Catholicism, he contends, "offers the best guide" to acquiring those H's.

To make his point, Donohue uses two models. The Catholic vision is comprised of saints, priests and nuns, collectively described as "a useful index of Catholicism in practice." He compares that model to a secular model comprised of intellectuals who "reject traditional morals values, are disdainful of God and are utopian in thought," and Hollywood celebrities "known for living hedonistic lives, hostility to conventional norms and penchant for self-indulgence."

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