Darkness Has Not Overcome the Church: New Catholic History Book Reminds Us That God Brings Good Even Out of Major Crises


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SAN DIEGO, Aug. 31, 2021 /Christian Newswire/ — The latest book from a bestselling Catholic historian puts today’s Church crisis in context—and tells everybody to take a deep breath.

Known for his historical defenses of Catholicism against outside attacks like anti-Catholic myths and revisionist narratives about the Crusades and Reformation, Steve Weidenkopf (The Real Story of Catholic History) turns his knowledge and insight to the Church’s considerable history of self-inflicted wounds. In Light from Darkness, he presents nine time periods where worldliness, vice, and infidelity threw the Church into crises that must have seemed fatal at the time, only to see Catholics rally and renew the Faith, creating lasting reforms that made the Church better than before.

“This is a history book, but it’s aimed squarely at our time,” says Todd Aglialoro, director of publishing for Catholic Answers. “First, because it reassures us that no matter how bad things seem today, the Church has been through worse. Second and more importantly, it challenges us to remember that we don’t just stand there while the Holy Spirit saves the Church. Rather, the body of Christ is healed by the renewal of its members. So the way forward isn’t worry or anger, or faith that is passive, but our commitment to ongoing conversion.”

Whether it was rampant heresy, clerical immorality, or popes and bishops putting political games before their spiritual duties, no Catholic crisis has yet been a match for God’s providential power. Light from Darkness is a much-needed reminder of his guiding hand over even our troubled age.

About the Author
Steve Weidenkopf is an author and lecturer in Church History at the Christendom College Graduate School of Theology.

SOURCE Catholic Answers

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