A Church in Crisis

In A Church in Crisis: Pathways Forward, Ralph Martin offers a detailed look at the growing hostility to the Catholic Church and its teaching. With copious evidence, Martin uncovers the forces working to undermine the Body of Christ and offers hope to those looking for clarity.

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“In this book Dr. Martin is squarely facing the serious crisis that is unfolding both in the Church and in the culture. He does so in an honest but fair manner and offers solutions that, if implemented, would do a great deal to restore health and strength to the Church, and allow it to be the light to the world it is meant to be. An important book that should be widely read.”

Cardinal Gerhard L. Müller

Former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

“It is impossible to deny the crisis of division and widespread confusion that characterizes the Church in our day. Nor can anyone who loves the Church ignore the strong theological undercurrents that Dr. Martin identifies, currents that try to separate what cannot be legitimately divided: pastoral charity from revealed truth. This is an important book well worth reading.”

Bishop Scott McCaig, C.C.

Military Ordinary of Canada

“This book is a massive achievement. Ralph Martin is one of the most reliable analysts of the state of the Church. He is brave and bold, outspoken but never snarky or alarmist. Some of his chapters, such that on culpability, shed fresh light on some of the most debilitating confusions of our age. This book will be the go-to book for those who want a comprehensive view of the crisis in the Church today.”

Janet Smith

Author of Self-Gift: Humanae Vitae and the Thought of John Paul II

“Ralph Martin’s new book is the clear blast of a trumpet, a bright light in the midst of a fog of confusion and apathy. Its analysis of the present crisis in the Church is profoundly sobering, but not dispiriting. No, God himself is at work to purify and renew his Church, and this book will inspire both clergy and laity to collaborate in that work through soul-searching, repentance, courage, zeal for holiness, and a renewed hope in the victory of the risen Lord.”

Mary Healy

Professor of Sacred Scripture, Sacred Heart Major Seminary

“Ralph Martin’s remarkable book provides an extraordinary opportunity to engage in a self-examination of our ‘own faithfulness to Christ’s will for the Church and accordingly to undertake with vigor the task of renewal and reform’ (Vatican II, Unitatis Redintegratio 4). . . . His book simply could not have come at a better time.”

Eduardo J. Echeverria

Professor of Philosophy and Systematic Theology, Sacred Heart Major Seminary

“The Catholic Church is in deep crisis. It doesn’t take a genius to see that. However, to present an accurate and synthetic picture of the crisis, to identify its roots, and to indicate the path forward takes more than a genius: it takes a man filled with the Spirit of God. Ralph Martin is just such a person, and his new book is fire alarm, tonic and fresh air all wrapped into one.”

Msgr. Andrew McLean Cummings

Director of Spiritual Formation, Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, Maryland

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