The Catholic Church in the 21st Century stands as one of the most controversial organisations in contemporary society. Counting more than 1.2billion adherents, to its critics it is out of touch and stuck in the past. Some of its teachings – often challenging – remain little understood and Catholics can often find themselves on the receiving end of a barrage of criticism. How to Defend the Faith Without Raising Your Voice answers some of the most common criticisms of Catholicism and helps Catholics and non-Catholics alike to understand where the Church is coming from on controversial topics like abortion, euthanasia, same-sex marriage and the use of condoms in the fight against HIV. It aims to reframe the debate to help people understand why the Church teaches what it does and equips Catholics to defend their beliefs in a calm and rational way.
Michael Kelly is Managing Editor of The Irish Catholic. He is a writer, broadcaster and public speaker on religious and social affairs.
Austen Ivereigh is a British writer, journalist and commentator, and co-founder of Catholic Voices, a communications project now in 20 countries. He is the author of the biography The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope.
“The book aims to give Irish Catholics a new way of talking about their Faith around the dinner table or with their work colleagues, getting across the Church’s positions on contentious issues without losing their cool.” – Archbishop Eamon Martin. Primate of All-Ireland
“In an era when it is difficult to be a Catholic in the public square, this is a book that every thinking Catholic should read and re-read. Michael Kelly and Austen Ivereigh outline a wise and helpful approach to communication that was never more needed than today.” – Breda O’Brien
“This is the ‘must-have’ handbook for anyone wishing to know how to defend and explain some of the toughest and most challenging teachings of the Catholic Church. Both writers have a wealth of experience themselves doing exactly this in some of the toughest media arenas, and it shows. Buy this book and see how they do it.” – David Quinn “A timely and practical book, easy to read, with clear answers to some of the most contentious issues of today. It will help you to know the ground on which you stand, and be prepared to stand up and defend the faith!” – Baroness Nuala O’Loan