Today, the Catholic Church is dealing with many complex problems that often leave the faithful confused about the authentic interpretation of Catholic teaching.

In Calming the Storm: Navigating the Crises Facing the Catholic Church and Society, experienced Vatican journalist Diane Montagna conducts a wide-ranging and trenchant interview with Fr. Gerald E. Murray that examines the root causes of and potential solutions to the many challenges the Church faces today.

Fr. Murray’s insights provide sure guidance in understanding the Church’s teaching on

  • the indissolubility of marriage,
  • homosexuality and gender ideology,
  • the worthy reception of Holy Communion,
  • the value of the Traditional Latin Mass,
  • the horror of the sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy,
  • the responsibility of bishops to uphold—not contradict—the Catholic Faith,
  • and the duty of all Catholics to remain faithful to the teachings handed down from the apostles.

Fr. Murray’s analysis highlights that while Christianity is under siege in the modern world, our Faith teaches us to have confidence in God’s never-failing providence. Renewing our minds and hearts in the truths that Christ and His Church teaches us brings true peace of soul. Amidst the maelstrom of doctrinal confusion and worldliness in the Church, Christ alone calms the storm when, like the Apostles, we turn to him in confidence and faith.


Fr. Gerald E. Murray, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, is pastor of the Church of the Holy Family in Manhattan. He is a canon lawyer and a guest commentator on religious news on EWTN, Fox News Channel, and other media outlets. Ordained a priest in 1984, he has served in parishes in the Bronx and Manhattan and was a chaplain for eleven years in the United States Naval Reserve. He studied canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome from 1993 –1997, being awarded a doctorate in 1998. He is a regular columnist at and at

Diane Montagna is an American journalist based in Rome who has covered the Vatican since 2014. She has served as Rome Correspondent for Aleteia and LifeSiteNews, has worked in the Vatican as a translator for L’Osservatore Romano, and has contributed to other Catholic multi-media projects. Her articles have been featured in Inside the Vatican Magazine and The Remnant, and her translations have appeared in the National Catholic Register, Zenit News Agency, and numerous books and online publications. Diane is the co-author of Christus Vincit: Christ’s Triumph Over the Darkness of the Age, the first book-length interview with Bishop Athanasius Schneider, and is translator of Bishop Schneider’s most recent work, The Catholic Mass. She holds a License in Sacred Theology from the International Theological Institute in Austria, and a B.A. in Italian.



Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke

“We owe a debt of deepest gratitude to Fr. Gerald Murray and Diane Montagna for the labor of their love of Christ and of His Church, which has brought into our hands the great gift of Calming the Storm.”

Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Former Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura

Gerhard Cardinal Müller

“Fr. Gerald Murray, in a theologically profound and spiritually rich dialogue with Vatican journalist Diane Montagna, speaks his mind freely on the crises in the Church and the world that shake the faith of many people. . . . He points us back to the need for complete fidelity to the Lord, who alone calms the storms.”

Gerhard Cardinal Müller, Former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Robert Cardinal Sarah

“[Fr. Murray’s] clearly reasoned defense of Catholic teaching and his encouragement to pursue greater holiness in our daily lives guide us in finding and following the sure path of fidelity to the Lord in his Church.”

Robert Cardinal Sarah, Former Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments

Bishop Athanasius Schneider

“With precision and candor, Fr. Gerald Murray lays bare the challenges facing the Church at this turning point in her history. He faces into the storm with bold Christian confidence, knowing that Our Lord will never permit His beleaguered vessel to be overthrown, and he invites and inspires the same confidence in us.”

Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana, Kazakhstan

Raymond Arroyo

“Straight answers to difficult questions in the Catholic Church are in short supply these days. Fortunately, we have my fellow ‘Papal Posse’ member, Fr. Gerald Murray, and his new book to lead us through the confusion and bickering to the eternal truths.”

Raymond Arroyo, New York Times Bestselling Author, Fox News Analyst, Host of EWTN’s The World Over

“This interview with Fr. Murray provides a glimpse into the complex simplicity of what Catholic clerics call a ‘priest’s priest.’ . . . In our volatile and shifting times, this volume could provide young men with inspiration to make good life choices and to develop a rule of life for their vocations as well as strengthening anyone who has become disoriented and discouraged by news of current events.”

Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Columnist and Blogger

Calming the Storm will inspire you, help you see more clearly, motivate you to action, and equip you, like Fr. Murray, to be able always, even in the storm, to give a reason for the hope Christians bear within.”

Fr. Roger J. Landry, Author of Plan of Life: Habits to Help You Grow Closer to God

Doug Keck

“Fr. Murray takes on the tough Catholic and cultural questions of the day with his typical New York clarity—but always with charity. A must-read for every committed Catholic and those who would like to be one.”

Doug Keck, President and Chief Operating Officer of EWTN, Host of EWTN Bookmark

“Fr. Gerald Murray’s words arrive like manna from heaven: Grace-filled nourishment for Catholics starving for the truth!”

Maria M. Maffucci, Editor in Chief, Human Life Review

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8 reviews for Calming the Storm: Navigating the Crises Facing the Catholic Church and Society

  1. Br fabian Adkins ofm

    He will always have the blessing 0f his loving lord for work for the church.

  2. Gabriel S Ortega

    I so love Fr Murray’s book that I have purchased one for a Priest in the Netherlands, a nephew and one for a Deacon who will be Ordain to the Priesthood next month, now I will order a book for my Rosary group. Fr Murray, Thank You for speaking (the truth) out.

  3. Tom McGovern

    As a former New Yorker and former Catholic who has served as an elder previously I have always enjoyed Fr. Murray’s insight on The World Over. He brings lightness to dark places. He epitomizes what a grace driven Catholic should be. His biblical insights spoken in truth with grace is a must see; hear and now read. This book should be in every committed Christians book case. His co-author truly brought out the best in Fr. Murray. I will always be grateful for this book and resource.

  4. Elisabeth Coulombe

    Excellent and to the point, straightforward and clear. No doubts after reading his book.

  5. Paul Geissler

    I do not know Father Murray, but had the good fortune to go to Regis High School with his father (Gerald Murray ’49). Suffice it to say; the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. I can see where Father Murray got his excellent Catholic training.

  6. Daniel Guell

    I only know Fr. Murray from articles he has written in the Catholic Thing. He is straight forward. He doesn’t really say this is the way it should be, he says this is the way it is. As Christ said, if you say yes mean yes and if you say no mean no, no maybes about it.

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  8. Patty Noble

    I have not read this publication yet, but am anxious to do so. Father Murray is often a guest EWTN and I appreciate his opinion on difficult subjects of our times! You are so right, Father Murray puts a calming effect over the discussion!

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