Deadly Indifference

How the Church Lost Her Mission, and How We Can Reclaim It


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Religious indifference—the belief that all religions are equally valid and able to lead people to salvation—has rapidly gained global ascendency over the last five decades. It's even infected the Catholic Church, wreaking havoc on her mission to the world. 

Why is indifference deadly to Catholicism?

Because it turns Catholicism into "just another religion," neuters the Church's role as our path to salvation and converts the parish into little more than a social gathering place.

The result?

Former Catholics now constitute the second largest "religion" in America. Seventy percent of Catholics do not believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist—and even higher percentages reject the Church's moral teachings. Mass attendance is in freefall, and even the most basic habits of Sunday-going Catholics, such as regular Confession, have been lost. 

Eric Sammons, a former diocesan director of evangelization and now the editor-in-chief of Crisis Magazine, pulls the curtain back on the rise of religious indifference, uncovering a wealth of fascinating particulars about what made the "old" Church work, and what is causing the "new" to c(more...)

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"This book is a brilliant setting-forth of the problematics of how Catholics approach the question of salvation (in the sense of who will be saved and under what "requirements"), and in particular how this approach can get warped by pastoral, pragmatic, or political considerations. Sammons is at his best documenting the causes and effects of the 20th-century swing toward indifferentism and universalism."

Peter Kwasniewski
Author of The Holy Bread of Eternal Life
  • Pages: 304
  • Format(s): Paperback, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-64413-250-0
  • Product Code: 2500
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Publication Date: May 25, 2021
  • Categories: New Releases, Crisis Publications
Informative, Constructive, and Motivating
Eric's book is written with a Pauline zeal and a meticulous attention to historical and doctrinal detail. He systematically engages with works of the early, medieval and contemporary Church in order to expose her perennial mandate to proclaim the Gospel and her consistent acknowledgment that "outside the Church there is no salvation." Much of the book focuses on the emphasis/attitude shift within the Magisterial Church that appears to depart, with varied levels of conviction, from an understanding of the Church as the exclusive means of salvation. Eric convincingly identifies Christ's call to proclamation and the deficiencies of the more recent impulse to "dialogue." In addition, Eric uncovers the unique position of the Church in salvation history as opposed to a position of "one among many other options." Lastly, he reminds the reader of the problems that go along with refusing to identify the errors in other religions in favor of frequently naming commonalities. The final chapters of the book serve as a practical and motivating guide to responding to the Great Commission. In these chapters, Eric responds with a resounding yes to the invitation from our Lord to greater communion with Him and His Church. All of his historical inquiries throughout the book are clarified through a concluding lens that reminds the reader of the special role of courageous evangelization in the work of salvation.
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The title alone is outstanding. So too the actual book.
What is this book about? The surface answer is that it concerns the question, and impact, of whether or not salvation is found only in the Catholic Church. But the deeper answer is that this book is about love. It is about loving someone enough to tell them that they need to become a Catholic (in the state of grace) or gravely risk eternal damnation. It is about loving those in the Catholic Church enough so as to humbly correct their wayward beliefs and actions - and yes, even popes need such love. It is about loving the Truth enough so as to declare it boldly, even though it may be inconvenient for our suffocatingly lukewarm modern lives. It is about getting over our fixation on hoping for the salvation of the mysterious noble pagan living on a lonely island, and actually daring to love those closest to us by preaching the Gospel here and now. Yes, in its truest sense, Deadly Indifference is about love; tough love, but love all the same. This book is possibly the quickest 304 pages I have ever charged through. Such is Eric Sammons’ ability to mingle in meticulous research with personal anecdotes, wit, historical and statistical analysis and, something I truly appreciate as a teacher, helpful analogies. Moreover, the actual tone is not of one who triumphs in the downfall of another. Sammons does not cackle joyfully: “Aha! Look at how this pope has failed Catholics and betrayed the Church!” all the while declaring every man, woman, child, and dog within two miles of the Vatican a freemason. Rather, the tone is humbled, as though Sammons is weighed down by the task of correcting a capricious parent. Indeed, I cannot say it enough, this book is exceptionally thoughtful, balanced, and well-written.
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