An ironic fact about American society today: liberals who are always lecturing others about tolerence, are themselves the most intolerant when it comes to religion, in particular, Catholicism. This documented fact has been the topic of bestsellers by Ann Coulter, David Limbaugh, Bernard Goldberg, Michael Medved and others. Prof. Jenkins' book is less polemical than the other books, and more objective. But he documents enough indisputable evidence to make the same point: liberals hate the Catholic Church!
Jenkins' critique of liberal "Catholics" like Maureen Dowd, Anna Quindlen and Harry Wills is so devastating I wonder how anyone in the media could take them seriously again. But that's the very point - Wills, Dowd and their like are the cringing little lap-dogs of the liberal media establishment. They denounce the Pope and Church in exchange for their fifteen minutes of attention as news analysts.
I recommend this book to all Catholics and those interested in media bias issues. Warning: it's not pleasant reading - Jenkins lets the liberals' own words condemn them.
Many thought-provoking points are raised in Phillip Jenkin's book which make it an interesting read.
Much of today's negative opinion of Catholism (documented in The New Anti-Catholism) is the result of the scientific revolution and goes back to Galileo's trial and the issues debated in his 1633 trial, at the hands of the Inquisition. The trial ushered in a scientific mindset that everything scientific was good and true, and that all things religious, ie Catholic, were evil and bereft of reason.
How this shift in world perspective happened and why is examined in a recent book by Wade Rowland called Galileo's Mistake. Rowland contends that the clash between Galileo and the Church was not about Copernicus or astronomy or science, but whether science provides the only pathway to truth. Galileo's Mistake gives the historical context and reasons that explain Philip Jenkins' premise in The New Anti-Catholicism.