The Family & the New Totalitarianism—revised

My book The Family and the New Totalitarianism has just been published by Divine Providence Press, a division of Wiseblood Books in North Carolina. Based on a booklet I wrote in the 1990s, this revised and expanded edition examines the … Continue reading

Commentary on PCJP Note

The following article was published by the international news service Lifesite News,  27 October, 2011

Michael O’Brien comments on Vatican call for ‘world financial authority’

There is, apparently, much that is good in the “Note on Financial Reform…” from the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.  However, while its author(s) seem to draw upon the fundamental principles of the major social encyclicals of the past 120 years, the problem is what they do with the material. In short, they take it and run wild with it:

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Interview with Fronda (Poland)

This is not the time to hide in the catacombs.

An interview with the Polish news service, FRONDA, www.fronda.pl, January 16, 2010

1. You had some trouble getting your books published. What is the general reaction to them in the secularized West. Are Catholics the only people who read your books?

O’Brien: I receive many letters from believers and non-believers, telling me how much my books have meant to them. It is always a deep consolation, because for many years I could not get my books published in Canada, my homeland. My country is extremely secular, socio-politically similar to Germany and Holland. I wrote manuscripts from 1977 until 1995, and always the publishers told me they would publish my books if I deleted the Catholicism, or warped it. I always refused, and thus remained unpublished in my own native land. Even now, none of my novels have been published in Canada. When in 1995 I finally sent my manuscripts to a publisher in the USA, they were immediately accepted. Since then, during the past 15 years more than 12 of my books have been published. It was a good lesson for me about many things. For one, the true nature of secular culture, which is always tending toward the neo-totalitarian suppression of cultural freedom (as well as political freedoms); it is ever willing to lock Catholic culture into a ghetto. As Orwell once wrote:  “Some of us are more equal than others.”

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Otok Svijeta-Croatian language interview

 

Interview with Michael D. O’Brien on his new novel, The Island of the World

for the Croatian Catholic magazine, MI List Mladih, Zagreb, Croatia

Razgovor s Michaelom O’Brienom o njegovom novum romanu Otok Svijeta

MI  1-1/2008

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Is the End at Hand?

An interview with Ignatius Insight online magazine:
What about this whole End Times scenario? What does the Catholic Church believe? IgnatiusInsight interviewed author Michael O’Brien whose fictional work Father Elijah is built around the character of a priest who is a convert from Judaism. Father Elijah is sent by the pope and the cardinal secretary of state to penetrate the inner circles of the man they believe is the Antichrist and call him to repentance. The plot for O’Brien’s book came to him in one inspiring moment while he was praying in a parish church for the state of the world and the Church. O’Brien, who is first and foremost the married father of six children and a Christian painter, went on to write an entire series, published by Ignatius Press. He is known as a strong voice for the Church’s moral values in Canada and in the West. Most recently, O’Brien gave a talk about the Apocalypse and Christianity at St. Patrick’s basilica in Ottawa, Canada.

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