Monday, November 04, 2013

Nihil Obstat & Imprimatur Granted to "Catholicism for Protestants"

I am pleased to report that I received a warm and cordial letter from Bishop James V. Johnston last week, informing me that my book "Catholicism for Protestants" has received a Nihil Obstat from his censor librorum, and the bishop has granted his Imprimatur.

NIHIL OBSTAT: Reverend Allan Saunders, Censor Librorum.
IMPRIMATUR: Most Reverend James V. Johnston, Jr., Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau.

So "Catholicism for Protestants" is now about as official as it can get.  Readers can rest assured the book contains no errors that contradict the teachings of the Catholic Church.  That's not me saying that.  That's the official pronouncement of a Catholic bishop and his censor librorum.  My hope is that this will remove any hesitation on the part of Catholic educators to use this book as a tool for educating the faithful in areas where some Protestants mount relentless anti-Catholic attacks.  What makes this book a little different is its size and format.

For starters, it's only 106 print pages long.  Most people can easily get through it in a night or two.  One Protestant reader actually told me she read the entire book in about two hours!  (I think that's a record.)  Another Protestant reader just told me recently that it was the best religion book she ever read.  The book is designed for Catholics and Protestants alike.  For Protestants, it serves as an educational and evangelistic tool, that breaks down barriers.  It employs the "correct and redirect" strategy, correcting common Protestant misconceptions about Catholicism, and then redirecting the Protestant reader toward asking the "right questions" that lead to a better understanding of the Catholic Church and a desire for more knowledge.  The whole thing is written in a "question and answer" format, similar to the old Baltimore Catechism, so information can be absorbed in short segments without overwhelming the reader.  In short, when it comes to education and evangelism, the book works!  It gives Protestants the solid foundation they need to dispel misinformation, and seek more answers about Catholicism when they're ready to move forward.

The book also serves as an excellent refresher course for Catholics.  Not only does it provide answers and evidence that soundly refutes Protestant challenges to Catholic Christianity, but it also functions as a simple course in systematic theology, leading the reader through a series of questions and answers that teach them about the nature of the Church, the sacraments, the Saints and the divine Person of Jesus Christ.  Catholics are reporting that this book not only refreshes their knowledge base about Catholicism, but it is also leading them into deeper reflection of Catholic teaching and what it means in their personal lives.

From now on, the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur will be featured on the inside cover of every copy of "Catholicism for Protestants," assuring that this book is "safe" and "approved" for Catholic reading. The book is available in paperback, Kindle, eBook and iBook.  Links are below...

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Highly recommended by priests and catechists, "Catholicism for Protestants" is a Biblical explanation of Roman Catholic Christianity as told by Shane Schaetzel -- an Evangelical convert to the Catholic Church through Anglicanism.  The book is concise and formatted in an easy-to-read Question & Answer catechism style.  It addresses many of the common questions Protestants have about Catholicism. It is ideal for Protestants seeking more knowledge about the Catholic Church, and for Catholics seeking a quick refresher course on fundamental Catholic teaching. It's an excellent book for Catholics and Protestants alike!
NIHIL OBSTAT, IMPRIMATUR

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