Reluctant Dissenter

Reluctant Dissenter
An Autobiography
James Patrick Shannon
Crossroad, $19.95, 228 pp.

Reviewers like to say, "this is a book which everyone should read." I wouldn’t say that about Jim Shannon’s Reluctant Dissenter, but I would say that it is a book every American Catholic bishop should read. That won’t exactly swell sales, but it would target the proper audience.
James Patrick Shannon is the "reluctant dissenter" of the title. An autobiography, the book chronicles the life of the first Roman Catholic bishop in the...

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Dennis O’Brien, former president of the University of Rochester, is a longtime contributor to Commonweal.