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Lucy Gish wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Is the book, Full of Grace, written by Judith Dupre, published through Random House,
    a reliable source; meaning is in accord with Catholic teaching, as to who the Blessed Mother Mary is and how she may have lived?

If it is not, can you please refer me to a good Catholic book that is grounded in truth that will tell me about the life of our dear Blessed Mother Mary.

Thank you for your answer.


  { Is the book, Full of Grace, written by Judith Dupre a reliable source? }

Mike replied:

Dear Lucy,

Your question falls outside the scope of our mission.

I have not read the book and I don't know enough about it to comment on the book as a whole.

At the top of each of our web pages it states:

We are Catholic Christians who clarify teachings and correction misperceptions about the True Church Our Blessed Lord Jesus established on St. Peter and His successors in 33A.D.: the Roman Catholic Church. Dialogue with us!

We aren't a book review club though Cardinal Timothy Dolan has said:

What a stunning book! A gem! I endorse Full of Grace enthusiastically.

—Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York

Beyond that, it would be unfair for me to comment on the Mariology of her book, though I would be cautious of any author of any Marian book who displays a hint of disappointment with the
male-only priesthood or who questions why the Church doesn't have women priests.

This was addressed by Blessed Pope John Paul II in his Apostolic Letter, Ordinatio Sacerdotalis.
An understanding of this teaching can be found in one of many of our postings.

If any of my colleagues have read her book, I'm sure they will reply appropriately.

You may want to consider reading comments from those who have read her book on Amazon.

Amazon did have this:

You can't loose with books authored by Dr. Scott Hahn; most of the time, they are very insightful!

Hope this helps,


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