Thomas Fleming and Mother Teresa: Undoubted Motives in the Morality of Everyday Life

“Name one.”


Too bad that, since 1966, they are no longer adding titles to the Index of Prohibited Books.  My more than ten years as diocesan censor librorum—was it this past distinction that gained me the happy task of writing this review?—would lead me to grant Thomas Fleming’s The Morality of Everyday Life: Rediscovering an Ancient Alternative to the Liberal Tradition an imprimatur after a few nugatory adjustments, but what a book such as this really needs is a condemnation.  Let me explain.  A place on the Inquisition’s Index would recommend this text to three groups of potential readers.  The first are readers who already are in sympathy with the author’s sound principles.  They would compare him to the soon-to-be-Blessed (imagine the Church of the 22nd century giving this honor to Dr. Fleming!  Stranger things have happened since Pentecost A.D. 33) Antonio Rosmini-Serbati, whose Five Wounds of Holy Church, a work of similar courage and good sense, was later removed from the list of offending texts.  The second are those liberals who would in principle support the diffusion of any work that was the victim of censorship.  (They might even get The Morality of Everyday Life in major bookstore...

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