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Recommended Reading for Inquiring Catholics

Occasionally the Ratzinger Fan Club mailing list plays host to some rambunctious and stimulating theological debates. In response to several requests, the Fan Club has compiled a list of recommended reading that may be helpful to the inquiring reader.

PLEASE NOTE: This page is a work in progress, as new recommendations are being added all the time. If you would like to suggest a title of your own for our consideration, please contact us and let us know.

"Catholicism 101: The Fundamentals of the Faith"
"Catholic Apologetics & Introductory Texts"
"Readings in Catholic Theology"
Catholic Tradition, Authority and Doctrinal Development
Ecumenism and Religious Pluralism
The Liturgy
Mary and the Saints
  • Mary of Nazareth, by Kenneth Howell. Queenship Publishing Company; (January 1998) .
Church History
Apologetics & Catholic-Protestant Relations
De-Bunking The Da Vinci Code

Articles and Resources

Cracking the Anti Catholic Code: a Special Planet Envoy Critique of The Da Vinci Code, by Carl E. Olson, with Sandra Miesel. Part I; Part II. Envoy Magazine.
Dismantling The Da Vinci Code, by Sandra Meisel. Crisis (September 2003).
The Da Vinci Code: Facts Behind The Fiction, by Amy Welborn. Amy Welborn points out some of the many errors about religion, history, and art contained in The Da Vinci Code in this short pamphlet. Our Sunday Visitor. (May, 2004).
The Da Vinci Code: Of Magdalene, Gnostics, the Goddess and the Grail, by Leadership U. Extensive list of resources on issues pertaining to The Da Vinci Code.

Recommended Books

The Da Vinci Hoax: Exposing the Errors of The Da Vinci Code, by Carl E. Olson and Sandra Meisel.
De-Coding Da Vinci: The Facts Behind the Fiction of The Da Vinci Code by Amy Welborn.
Philosophy & Cultural Criticism
"Reliable Sources"