Item #: 0789-4
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Author: Lorene Hanley Duquin
Copyright: 1997
First Printed: 04-07-1997
Reprints: 1999, 2004

- Do you feel separated from the Church because of divorce, doubts, painful memories, lifestyle, or any other reason?
- Do you sometimes feel an inner tug drawing you back?
- Do you have a lonely spot inside you that nothing seems to fill?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re not alone. Sixteen million Catholics feel separated from the Church, and 40% of you say you’d come back if the Church really wanted you. This book was written for you. It was designed specifically to address your concerns: the real reasons that caused you to leave in the first place, the problems you may have about doctrinal matters, the doubts you may have experienced, the anger you may still harbor towards God and towards the Church. It opens up avenues for discussion about the changes in the Church since Vatican II, and helps you work through painful memories and past hurts that may have been caused by those who represented the Church in your mind. It talks about who makes the rules in the Church and what you have to believe to be a Catholic. One section deals with the dilemma of divorced and remarried Catholics and whether or not there is a place for gays and lesbians in the Church. Other sections take you through the need to find the right priest to assist you on your way back and how to approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation after a long absence. Yet another chapter answers the most frequently asked questions that people have when considering whether or not they could ever return. Why people come back and what they come back to are also considered in a way that is designed to help you make up your own mind about what God is asking of you at this particular juncture of your life. Catholics, separated or not from the Church, will find much to ponder and reflect on here. To you who’ve been away and decide that you could come back, the Church says, “Welcome home!”

About the Author: Lorene Hanley Duquin is the prize-winning author of They Called Her the Baroness (Alba House, 1995, 1999), the highly-acclaimed work chronicling the life of Catherine de Hueck Doherty, and has also written Could You Ever Become a Catholic? (Alba House, 2001) and (with her son Christopher) Could You Ever Become a Catholic Priest? (Alba House, 1998). She has long been active in the “Come Home Lecture Series” sponsored by her home diocese of Buffalo, New York. A graduate of Canisius College and free-lance writer whose articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, McCall’s, Redbook, Ladies’ Home Journal, Our Sunday Visitor and Catholic Digest, Lori and her husband are the parents of four college-age children.

Book: 216 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8189-0789-0
Prod. Code: 0789-4

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"Bishop Henry Mansell of the Buffalo Diocese wrote the Afterword, and he recommends Could You Ever Come Back to the Catholic Church? as an important resource for his "Come Home" Program, an outreach program to lapsed Catholics which originated in the parish of St. Francis of Assisi in New York City. Cardinal John O'Connor of New York, sensing a new mood awakening among lapsed Catholics, recently encouraged the 2000 priests of his Archdiocese to read the book, and other bishops have followed suit. Those involved with RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, also find it quite useful because it speaks to many of the issues raised by prospective converts. I give the book two enthusiastis 'thumbs up'."--John T. Catoir for Catholic News Service


"I hope anyone who wants to be reconciled will read this book and then make an appointment to see a priest. I can assure you that any time I helped a Catholic to return to the fold it was a joy beyond expression. No matter how long you are away or if you know someone else who is away and wants help, remember the first step -- see a priest. Reading this book would be a step in that direction." --Msgr. Charles Diviney, Brooklyn Tablet, April 18, 1998


"I have worked with inactive Catholics for fourteen years, meeting with over ten thousand of them during these years, often nose to nose and eye to eye. It would have been wonderful to have had a book like this to help me in my efforts to lead strayed sheep back to the Shepherd." --William McKee, C.Ss.R. in Liguorian, December 1997


"When one of my favorite brides quit coming to Mass sometime after the wedding, I used to say, 'See you in Church!' whenever we met. 'Sit by the window!' she would reply. If I see her again, I should hand over my copy of Could You Ever Come Back to the Catholic Church? because in it Lorene Hanley Duquin points out that coming back to the Church is not so much an event as a process. This little book is nicely done and written in a friendly and readable manner; it ought to be a welcome resource for those whom the title targets as well as for those who would assist them ." --Fr. William C. Graham in the National Catholic Reporter , September 5, 1997


"Book Speaks to Fallen-Away Catholics. Lorene Hanley Duquin tackles the question, "Could You Ever Come Back to the Catholic Church?" in a book by the same name. The book addresses the estimated 16 million Catholics who feel separated from the Church, discussing Catholic beliefs, changes in the Church since Vatican II, matters specific to divorced and remarried Catholics, issues concerning homosexuals, and the process of reconciliation among others." --Canisius Chronicle, July 1997

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