The Rev. Robert E. Lauder is a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn and a professor of philosophy at St. John’s University, N.Y. He is the author of several books, including Pope Francis’ Profound Personalism and Poverty and Pope Francis’ Spirituality and Our Story.
The good news for anyone whose literary tastes have been strongly influenced by the Catholic novels of Graham Greene, Evelyn Waugh, Francois Mauriac, Georges Bernanos and more is this: The new Alice McDermott novel, 'Absolution,' has arrived.
Over 50 years as a priest I have read many profound books of theology and philosophy, from Jean Mouroux’s The Meaning of Man to Jacques Maritain’s True Humanism to Romano Guardini’s The Church and the Catholic and The Spirit of the Liturgy. These books deeply affected me because th