The Fearless Jesuit Fr. Vincent Miceli’s best essays.
When Fr. Vincent Miceli, SJ, began his writing career, all was well with the Church. Bishop Fulton Sheen -- who later called one Miceli book “as complete a study of atheism as exists in any language” -- was converting people. Seminaries were full. So were parochial schools.
Then came the revolution, and harassed by his Jesuit superiors, Miceli sought ultimate refuge in Rome, where he taught at two pontifical universities and befriended sympathetic Vatican officials. And wrote many of the essays that appear in this book. A partial listing:
Children as Blessings
The Morality of Nuclear Weapons
Abortion: God’s Viewpoint
The Virtue of Patriotism
The Forgotten Encyclical
Hans Kung: Credible ? An Inquiry
Detente All Round: Prelude to the Antichrist
Evangelizing the United States
Sisters as Symbols of the Sacred
Modernism and the Priest
Christ and Revolution
Christian Marxism: Sacrilegious Demagoguery
The Governor’s [Cuomo] Crooked Wisdom
Trojan Horse in the City of God
The Need for Fortitude
St. Thomas, Justice, and Marxism
Christian Zeal and Personal Renewal
Dietrich Von Hildebrand: Philosopher and Prophet of Truth
Atheistic Humanism in the U.S.A.
Transubstantiation: Anchor of Orthodoxy
The Church and the Family
St. Thomas, Human Liberty and Academic Freedom
Pope John Paul II and Catholic Universities
There are many more pieces like these -- including the Miceli essay on women priests, keynote of this very large volume. Says Fr. Miceli in his introduction: “This book declares that the truth is the highest object of theology and philosophy. Unfortunately it is not always the highest object of theologians and philosophers.” When he died a decade ago on the Feast of Corpus Christi, an astounding thing happened, surely a sign of Heaven’s favor. A day later, a newly ordained priest from Brooklyn said his first Mass. His name was Vincent Miceli.