Thursday, July 11, 2013

Matt C. Abbott: "California bishop to Catholic critic of Islam: You're canceled!"

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California bishop to Catholic critic of Islam: You're canceled!

Matt C. Abbott
Matt C. Abbott
July 11, 2013
Yet another diocesan head-scratcher. This time, it's the Diocese of Sacramento.

From the Napa Valley Register, via California Catholic Daily (click here for the full article):
Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto apparently doesn't want to deal with the protests of the "politically-correct" left. Or perhaps he just doesn't like Spencer's work. It's hard to say, though, because the diocese has not issued an explanatory statement as to why it canceled Spencer's parish talk.

A diocesan official, while acknowledging my email inquiry about the situation, did not elaborate.

Spencer's latest book, Not Peace But a Sword: The Great Chasm Between Christianity and Islam (published by Catholic Answers), is reviewed by Father C.J. McCloskey at the website of the National Catholic Register.

Father McCloskey writes (click here for the full article):

On a related note, in my November 23, 2012 column, I reprinted the introduction to William Kilpatrick's book Christianity, Islam, and Atheism: The Struggle for the Soul of the West (published by Ignatius Press). Below is a significant portion of that introduction. Click here to order a copy of the book directly from the publisher.

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Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic columnist with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, Media and Theatre from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, and an Associate in Applied Science degree in Business Management from Triton College in River Grove, Ill. He has worked in the right-to-life movement and is a published writer focused on Catholic and social issues. He can be reached at

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