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Nearly 40 years ago, Ralph Martin's best-selling A Crisis of Truth exposed the damaging trends in Catholic teaching and preaching that, combined with attacks from secular society, threatened the mission and life of the Catholic Church. While much has been done to counter false teaching over the last four decades, today the church faces even more insidious threats from outside and within.

In A Church in Crisis: Pathways Forward, Martin offers a detailed look at the growing hostility to the Catholic Church and its teaching. With copious evidence, Martin uncovers the forces working to undermine the Body of Christ and offers hope to those looking for clarity.

A Church in Crisis covers:

  • Polarization in the church caused by ambiguous teachings
  • Initiatives that accommodate the culture without calling for conversion
  • Vatican-sponsored partnerships with organizations that actively contradict the teaching of the Catholic Church
  • And the recycling of theological errors long settled by Vatican II, Pope St. John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI

Powerfully written, A Church in Crisis reminds all listeners to heed Jesus' express command not to lead his children astray. With ample resources to encourage readers, Ralph Martin provides the solid foundation of Catholic teaching both Scripture and tradition to fortify Catholics against the errors that threaten us from all directions.

©2020 Ralph Martin (P)2020 Emmaus Road Publishing

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audio file has errors

At 43:43, chapter 3 the reader laughs hysterically, the rest of the reading is okay. This is a current events book and is a commentary on what's going on with the catholic church

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  • 05-18-21

Loved it! A must read for Catholics!

Thank you for all the hard work in getting this book to print. An excellent resource for lay men, clergy and seminarians. Delves into uncomfortable issues within the Church, while at the same time showing how there is always hope moving forward....

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Mixed quality

It is unusual to hear an author read his own book, and that was interesting, but the quality of the text was mixed. He sometimes was discussing documented statements and actions, sometimes even with context, but he would mix that with a lot of innuendo from what others implied or did or the like. Eventually I realized that it was not good for my soul, according to St Thomas More. I wish the author knew about Jesuit education and had looked at Pope Francis’ statements and quips in their full context. It would also help if he realized that he repeatedly passes Our Lady of Silence in his apartment. There are problems, and in some areas they could be called crisis. Some of the calls for care were fine. But the mixture with rumors, “someone said that he said,” interpreting silence, and made one want to doubt the things that were actually documented, as well as go to confession for having listened to many sections of the text.

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Sobering and disturbing

Ralph Martin has done a great job of laying out the crisis in our mother church, as well as its causes. I knew things were bad because a personal friend of mine who us a priest bluntly tells me the church is dying but we have to face the truth fearlessly as many souls are been doomed because of the current apostasy.

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Considering “A Church in Crisis”

I have just listened to Ralph Martin read me his book,’A Church in Crisis”, and would like to make a comment. There are many things to consider, some things revealed here , I was familiar with, and , some were news to me. I want to say it was a bit discouraging when you think about all the challenges we have to deal with, but, in the end, we have God, who is always faithful. I highly recommend listening to this, or getting a paper copy,and passing one out to every priest, bishop, deacon,consecrated religious, and faithful lay person that you are capable of doing…folks, we have lots of work to do. COME HOLY SPIRIT!!!!
Thanks, Ralph.
God bless,
Ellen Roberts

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Dynamite!!

The complete and thorough treatment of pope Francis’s ambiguity and some of his current opinions regarding proselytizing was helpful as I know pope Francis is deeply baptized in the Holy Spirit and wants all Catholics to be full of the Holy Spirit. The pope’s and bishops desire to fit into the culture by seemingly taking on the most popular problems of the world was also enlightening for me. If I were to add anything to the prophetic words of this book, it might be an expansion or a number of examples of how many Catholics today, who understand the history, the dogma, and doctrines live out their lives with very little faith and trust in Jesus. And further how the normal Catholic life should include a deep sense of God’s presence, or as Ralph puts it a contemplative charismatic prophetic way of life.

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Necessary Real read

Necessary For the entire world to read regardless of your choice of Religion.About Love.

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Must Read Book for ALL Catholics

This is one of the best books I’ve read/listened to in a long time. Thank you Dr. Ralph Martin. I think this book should be required reading for all faithful Catholics. If you want to remain strong in the faith and not be swayed by false teachings, then read this book.

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Great Analysis, Few Solutions

Perhaps the best analysis of the problems facing the church I’ve ever read, but very few practical solutions are offered. Also it’s really long. But an expert analysis incorporating scripture thoughtfully throughout. God save us!

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A Masterpiece.

Ralph Martin is such a great gift to the Church. And so is the work he does. This book is no exception. I am grateful to him for compiling all this information and laying it out so clearly so the faithful can see the big picture. He does an outstanding job of putting everything in context. This book will be a great help to the restoration/renewal of the Church.

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  • 10-25-21

Massively important

All Catholics need to be aware of the content of this book. If you want to get to heaven and you want those around you to get there too you have to read it.

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  • 10-20-21

Realistically harsh, pragmatic and hopeful

Anyone and everyone in the Catholic Church, especially those involved in ministry, should read this book and take it very seriously. It’s a difficult read because it’s harsh in its realistic view of the Catholic church today, and you may not like some of the uncompromising standards it sets, but the book provides essential and practical answers to the problems it highlights and ultimately, points to hope in a loving God. We would ignore the answers at our own peril.

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  • 07-28-21

The Emperors New Clothes

Truth, the whole truth and nothing but the Truth….
As we seem to be living in the time of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” - where nearly everyone seems to have their heads in the sand, either indifferent or ignorant, and in denial that there is anything much wrong - this book should be enforced listening for EVERY Catholic lay person, every priest, every Bishop, every Cardinal AND the Pope. Martin is certainly right to identify the spirit of “Fear of Man” as having infiltrated the Church hierarchy, making most of the Bishops and Cardinals, at best, ineffective spiritual fathers and leaders.
This book gives me hope.