Saturday, August 29, 2009

Solanus Casey: The Story of Father Solanus

By Catherine M. Odell, 267 pages, Our Sunday Visitor, $14.95.

Catherine Odell begins atthe same time. All indications are that he was otherwise quite intelligent, but he just couldn't handle studying in German. He was therefore ordained as a simplex priest, otherwise known as a Mass priest. This meant that he could say Mass, and marry and baptize people, but he couldn't preach or hear confessions.

The Story of Father Solanus shows the compatibility of the American dream with Catholic holiness.

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