In this second edition of The Great Façade, co-author Christopher A. Ferrara brings the original work up to date with six new chapters addressing what Bishop Athanasius Schneider has called “the fourth great crisis” in the history of the Catholic Church. The additional chapters chronicle the attempts at ecclesial restoration by Benedict XVI and the “Francis revolution” following Benedict’s mysterious resignation — including Francis’s tumultuous Synod on the Family and his radical reform of the process for determining matrimonial nullity, leading to what some call “Catholic divorce” and a threat of schism on the magnitude of the Lutheran revolt of the 16th century. This new look at the 50 years following the Second Vatican Council is sure to provoke discussion and debate among Catholics concerned about the state of their Church.
Praise for The Great Façade
“There is no doubt in my mind that The Great Façade has been prophetic in the broader scriptural sense of the term…. Those new to the crisis in the Church as well as old soldiers seeking to recharge intellectual batteries can make use of the book’s succinct outline of the modernist positions in matters of faith and morality that so swiftly rode to dominance on the back of the Second Vatican Council.”
— John Rao, author of Black Legends and the Light of the World
“One of the most important books of the post-conciliar era. As the original publisher of this magnum opus, I am delighted that Angelico Press has brought out a new edition in which Mr. Ferrara provides six additional chapters documenting the rapid advances of ‘the regime of novelty’ following what he calls The Benedictine Respite. With its almost literally up-to-the-minute analysis of ‘the Francis Revolution,’ this work is now more important than ever.”
— Michael Matt, Editor, The Remnant
“The second edition of The Great Façade tells the story of the crumbling veneer obscuring the glorious Catholic Church, updated to the very eve of its publication. As always, Chris Ferrara narrates his case against the viruses of novelty and their neo-Catholic apologists with painstaking documentation and a lively and witty style.”
— Brian M. Mccall, author of To Build the City of God
“The Great Façade is more necessary than ever as a spirited brief against the fantasies of recent decades, and an appeal to Catholics and the Church to return to what they have been, in order to become what they most truly are.”
— James Kalb, author of Against Inclusiveness
“This long awaited second edition documents the ‘regime of novelty’ up to the present moment. It contains the most comprehensive analysis of Pope Francis’s tumultuous pontificate to date.”
— John Vennari, Editor, Catholic Family News
“[S]uperb—best analysis of the present, parlous state of the Church I have read…. A marvel of clear, careful argument, and utterly persuasive.”
— Jeffrey Rubin, convert and former editor of The Conservative Book Club
About the Authors
Christopher A. Ferrara is an attorney and President and Chief Counsel of the American Catholic Lawyers Association, Inc., specializing in First Amendment and civil rights law. He is the author of hundreds of articles and six books, including the widely acclaimed The Church and the Libertarian, a defense of Catholic social teaching, and The Great Facade, a co-authored study of changes in the Church since Vatican II, now considered one of the best treatments of the subject ever written.
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