Joe Wenke – Papal Bull

joewenkepapalPreviously I read and reviewed You Got To Be Kidding by Dr. Joe Wenke. Tearing down biblical stories to their naked truths in a hilarious, provoking way. And his LBGT perspective is crystal clear. So, when embarking the sequel Papal Bull you expect a take on the Catholic Church. An easy target. Growing up as oldest of eleven childrene in the 50’s and 60’s with all of the clichés about Catholic school in that decades true. Looking back at all the religious nonsense as Wenke calls it, you can either quit reading or move on. Joe begins with the end in mind. What’s next? Heaven or hell, or Limbo? From the purgatory or a self-test of whether you deserve to end up in hell to a short biography of who-is-who at the origin of the Catholic Church. Traditions and legend make up a belief system in the course of the ages, where facts and fiction collide and critics are excommunicated as heretics.

And of course the author is right after all. Believers are stupid, Catholics eventually reading this books are wished good luck with their neverending rehab. While staying away from cursing faith and God’s children on every page, it’s neither uttering any respect or discovering truths amidst the lies and half-truths. As if atheists have a perfect track record and don’t belief in anything. Weaker than Wenke’s first book. I’d prefer a more professional research result of e.g. the historical backgrounds or made up saints. 

About the author

Joe Wenke was born the oldest of eleven children in a strict Catholic family in South Philadelphia and attended a long line of Catholic schools including the University of Notre Dame where he received a B.A. in English. He received an M.A. in English from Penn State and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Connecticut. A former corporate speechwriter, he is the owner of a leading event marketing company.

NetGalley provided an advanced review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.