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    Feb 10, 2006
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      Title: Why Do Catholics Eat Fish on Friday?: The Catholic Origin to Just
      About Everything
      Author: Michael P. Foley
      Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
      Date Published: November 2005
      ISBN: 1403969671
      Price: $12.95
      Comments: Fascinating facts about the Catholic origin to everyday things,
      such as the pretzel, cappuccino, and Groundhog Day.


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      From Publishers Weekly
      Part apologetics and part history, this book digs into the Catholic roots of
      contemporary culture. Foley, who holds a doctorate in Catholic theology and
      is a professor at Baylor University, researched extensively for this project.
      It is not a collection of trivia, but rather a compendium of etymologies and
      concise historical facts about the Catholic foundations of architecture,
      music, literature, science and recreation. The breadth of material is impressive
      and includes topics as varied as the creation of the pretzel, the origin of
      modern opera, the foundation of modern genetics and the development of sign
      language. As Foley argues in his introduction, this diversity should not be a
      surprise, for "there is something intrinsic to Catholicism that lends to it a
      vibrant dynamism." Foley's work highlights that, at its best, Catholicism
      affirms the beauty of the world and encourages searching for the holy in daily
      life. Foley's language can be preachy and catechetical; these passages are
      the weakest in the text. But when he focuses on the history, Foley's collection
      of theological facts makes for a fascinating and informative read.
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      Book Description

      Did you know that the origins of Groundhog Day stem from a Catholic
      tradition? Or that the common pretzel was once a Lenten reward for the pious? Why Do
      Catholics Eat Fish on Friday is a fascinating guide to the roots of
      all-things-Catholic. This smart and concise guide will introduce readers to the hidden
      heritage in many commonplace things that make up contemporary life. The
      reader-friendly format and the illuminating entries will make this guide a
      perfect gift for Catholics and anyone who loves a bit of historic trivia.



      About the Author

      Michael P. Foley is the author of Wedding Rites: The Complete Guide to
      Traditional Weddings. He is a professor at Baylor University.





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