San Francisco, September 21, 2015 – This week in Philadelphia, Cardinal Robert Sarah will share the Church’s hopeful message about the importance of marriage and family at the World Meeting of Families during his keynote talk entitled, “The Light of the Family in a Dark World.”
For those who want to learn more about the life and teachings of Cardinal Robert Sarah, known as one of the most prominent and outspoken Cardinals in the Catholic Church, a fascinating autobiographical interview has just been released from Ignatius Press: God or Nothing: A Conversation on Faith with Nicolas Diat.
In God or Nothing, Cardinal Sarah answers personal questions about his unique experience growing up in Guinea, West Africa. Inspired by the missionary priests who made great sacrifices to bring the Faith to their remote village, his parents became Catholics. Robert discerned a call to the priesthood and entered the seminary at a young age, but due to the oppression of the Church by the government of Guinea, he continued his education outside of his homeland.
At the age of thirty-four he became the youngest Bishop in the Catholic Church when John Paul II appointed him the Archbishop of Conakry, Guinea, in 1979. His predecessor had been imprisoned by the Communist government for several years, and when Archbishop Sarah was targeted for assassination, John Paul II called him to Rome to be Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. In 2010 Pope Benedict XVI named him Cardinal and appointed him Prefect of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum. Pope Francis made him Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in 2014.
Throughout this book, Cardinal Sarah also answers tough questions facing the Church and comments on many current controversial issues. The mission of the Church, the joy of the gospel, the “heresy of activism”, and the definition of marriage are among the topics he discusses with wisdom and eloquence. All of these topics will also be discussed at the upcoming Synod on the Family in October, and Cardinal Sarah provides a compelling defense of Church teaching in God or Nothing.
Cardinal Robert Sarah explains, “The idea of putting Magisterial teaching in a beautiful display case while separating it from pastoral practice, which then could evolve along with circumstances, fashions, and passions, is a sort of heresy, a dangerous schizophrenic pathology. I therefore solemnly state that the Church in Africa is staunchly opposed to any rebellion against the teaching of Jesus and of the Magisterium. . . . The Church of Africa is committed in the name of the Lord Jesus to keeping unchanged the teaching of God and of the Church.”
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI says, “I have read God or Nothing with great spiritual profit, joy, and gratitude. . . .[Its] courageous answers to the problems of gender theory clear up in a nebulous world a fundamental anthropological question.”
“There’s an ‘African moment’ unfolding in Catholicism, and Cardinal Robert Sarah is among its most important voices. If you want to understand the forces shaping the Church’s future, you need to read this book,” says John L. Allen, Associate Editor of Crux/Boston Globe.
Raymond Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, calls this book, “A remarkable testimonial of the Catholic faith in the face of many serious contemporary challenges.”
“No one reading this magnificent book of Cardinal Robert Sarah, a true witness of a Church marked in its history by severe persecution, cannot but be fascinated by his profound faith in Jesus Christ. . . . [The] mission countries have themselves become an invaluable source of evangelization and inspiration for the lands from which its missionaries originally came,” says the Most Reverend Carlo Maria Viganò, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.
Raymond Arroyo, EWTN Anchor of The World Over, affirms, “Cardinal Sarah’s voice carries the unmistakable ring of a prophet.”
About the Authors:
Robert Cardinal Sarah was born in Guinea, West Africa. Made an Archbishop by Pope John Paul II and a Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI, he was named the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments by Pope Francis in 2014. Nicolas Diat is a French journalist and author.
Fr. Joseph Fessio S.J., the Editor-in-Chief for Ignatius Press, is available for interviews about this book. To request a review copy or an interview with Fr. Joseph Fessio, please contact:
Rose Trabbic, Publicist, Ignatius Press at (239) 867-4180 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Title: GOD OR NOTHING: A Conversation on Faith with Nicolas Diat
Author: Cardinal Robert Sarah, Nicolas Diat
Release Date: August 2015
Length: 284 pages
ISBN: 978-1-62164-050-9 • Softcover
Order: 1-800-651-1531 • www.ignatius.com