Have we grown too old for catechisms? According to Dr. Ryan Topping, a Fellow at Thomas More College, the answer is most definitely no. In his new book, Rebuilding Catholic Culture, recently published by Sophia Institute Press, Dr. Topping explains that the Catechism of the Catholic Church provides more than a concise presentation of Catholic belief, morals, and worship.
“If Catholicism is ever again to shape Western Culture,” he writes, “then the Church in the West must learn anew how to master and muster the resources of its own tradition.” The Catechism, he proposes, provides the guide to a renewal of Christian culture.
In several recent reviews, Rebuilding Catholic Culture has been received with critical acclaim. It has been praised by Father Aidan Nichols (“this book deserves to take its place among the Catholic classics), Father John Saward (“this profound work of scholarship is a delight to read…”), and Catholic author Michael O’Brien (“this extraordinary book should be read by every Catholic…”) among others.
Dr. Topping’s book has also been the subject of a recent interview by Catholic World Report, as well as being featured on Catholic News Agency, Relevant Radio, and EWTN Radio. Additionally, a section from Rebuilding Catholic Culture has been published in a three part series by Crisis Magazine and Catholic Exchange.
By turns witty, sobering, informing, and filled with hope, Rebuilding Catholic Culture is not only a critique of the problems secular culture presents for faithful Catholics: it also offers observations for further thought. Although not a step-by-step plan for the renewal of Catholic culture, Dr. Topping’s new book draws on both the richness of Catholic tradition and the principles found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church to present suggestions for the fulfillment of the words “Thy Kingdom Come.”
It’s not to late to find good meditations for your Lenten journey. You may click here to purchase a copy of Rebuilding Catholic Culture.