“James Carroll has been extending his life story and his critique of the Catholic Church in tandem for a generation.
The Truth at the Heart of the Lie brings that turbulent dialogue to a moving and gripping conclusion, a repentant Catholic’s manifesto and culminating apologia pro vita sua. Prepare to race through it at one sitting—and then live with it.”—Jack Miles, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of God: A Biography
“James Carroll has written a courageous and inspiring account of his original commitment to and his subsequent disillusion with the Catholic Church. The accession of Pope Francis five years ago gave many people—of many different faiths—hope for the future. But even Francis has tragically failed to deal with the problems arising from enforced clerical celibacy that have led to the scandalous sexual abuse of women and children in a male supremacist church that flies in the face of the Gospels. Our only hope is to have the courage to imagine a future that returns to the spirit of equity, love, and compassion that not only is fundamental to the true teaching of the Catholic Church but also lies at the heart of all the great world religions.”—Karen Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author The Case for God
“James Carroll’s The Truth at the Heart of the Lie is at once a passionate love letter to the enduring beauty of the Catholic faith and a passionate indictment of the clericalism of the Catholic Church. This moving and revelatory book, written from deep personal experience, takes us to the heart of one of the great institutional and existential crises of our times.”—Stephen Greenblatt, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Swerve and Will in the World
“In The Truth at the Heart of the Lie, James Carroll bares his Catholic soul—and the soul of his church. Both wounded and redeemed by the faith of his Irish American family, Carroll peers, with undaunted courage, into the shadows of deceit and corruption that have shaken his soul’s confidence. In that darkness, he discovers the truth
hidden in the human failings, sins, and betrayals of his church’s bishops and priests. The Catholic priesthood and the Catholic Church are at a tipping point. This gripping memoir of faith, bringing us to our knees, might well move us over the edge.”—Rev. Donald Cozzens, author of Sacred Silence: Denial and the Crisis in the Church and Notes from the Underground: The Spiritual Journal of a Secular Priest
“James Carroll’s new book, The Truth at the Heart of the Lie, is an amazing account of the author’s lifelong adventure of faith, full of candor and pain about one man’s encounter with the peculiar blessings and severe limitations of Catholic Christianity. Here the reader will come to know a man of such intellectual breadth and astonishing self-honesty as one almost never encounters in contemporary literature.”—Thomas Cahill, author of How the Irish Saved Civilization