International Praise for John Rao's "Black Legends"...
Based on years of research, study and public presentation, this comprehensive survey of Catholic Church history is both fascinating and unique. Dr. Rao's work has always been filled with solid history and genuine insight. In this new book, he gives us a superb chronicle of the centuries of tensions and triumphs, and does so from a persuasive new perspective. This is the teacher and historian at his best.
—Dr. David Allen White,
US Naval Academy (Ret)
Before we find ourselves in the situation in which no-one can appreciate the worth of history as a subject because no-one has read any, Dr. John Rao has intervened with this magnificent study. It assumes no previous knowledge, and can be read by anyone of good will. This should be required reading for anyone concerned about the situation in the Church and the world.
—Dr. Joseph Shaw, D. Phil, Oxford
Chairman, Latin Mass Society of England and Wales
We live on the edge of chaos, and meanwhile conservatives long for a world that no longer exists and liberals bounce from one thing to the next. Something categorically different is needed if we are to avoid the chaos conjured by a world of willfulness. That something different is a determination to use all of the tools that Faith and Reason offer to make the necessary transitions one at a time with the care that only supernatural hope makes possible. John Rao excels as a guide to believers in the Word incarnate who believe that the power of the supernatural to transform all of creation is by no means finished.
—Prof. Patrick McKinley Brennan, Professor of Law
John F. Scarpa Chair in Catholic Legal Studies, Villanova University School of Law
John Rao unequivocally demonstrates what Hilaire Belloc remarked in "The Free Press" (1918) that "truth has a power of its own." Legends and myths ("black legends" and "good stories", as Rao calls them) have ultimately no power in front of Veritas, and melt like wax when exposed to the sun. Aside from ripping the veil away, Rao also identifies the motives behind the formulation of these evolving legends and myths. Black Legends is marvelous addition to the bookshelf of the thinking Catholic.
—Prof. Benoit Roisin, Dartmouth College
Black Legends aims at the transformation of the Word in all aspects of life—religious, philosophy, arts, science, politics, society. The result Dr. Rao calls pax Christi. Dr. Rao wants Catholics that grasp the imperative character of the Truth for transforming nature and life to honor their Creator. Nothing is of greater importance in these days of a dark age.
—Dr. Friedrich Romig,
Univ.-Dozent, Vienna (Austria)