While reading this book I was reminded of an old anecdote about Harry Truman and the election of 1948. While speaking at a rally someone from the crowd yelled out "Give 'em hell, Harry" and Truman immediately came back with, "I'm not giving them hell I 'm giving them the truth. It's just that to them the truth is hell!" That's what the authors of this book do, give them hell in the form of the truth. In "Rome Has Spoken" the authors set out to show that, despite what the Vatican claims, many official teachings of the Roman Catholic Church have changed over the centuries. That means that all the controverial issues now facing the church, such as women's ordination, mandatory celibacy and contraception, cannot be swept away with the claim that church teaching is "unchangeable." The author's let contradictory statements from the official church documents, and members of the Roman Catholic hierarchy make their case for them. In each chapter an expert on the particular issue explains in a clear and understandable manner the historical and theological context of the given church teaching and how it has changed over the past 2,000 years. A very enjoyable and very interesting book. A must read for any thinking Catholic!
This is a well researched, well written book that exposes much of the hypocricy of some of Vatican thought, and puts a lie to the phrase that often comes out of Rome, "As we have always taught..." It definitely shows how Church doctrine has, as Rome says, "developed," over the years. It is also a very very instructive and accurate source on many of the issues that are of real importance to the People of Godde. It is written in clear and consice language, is easy for just about anyone to understand, and is worth every penny.