A Meeting with Frs Triglio and Brighenti
Following on from last week's meeting with 'Fr Z,' I met two more luminaries of American Catholicism on Monday evening. The first appears in the above photo: Fr John Triglio of the Diocese of Harrisburg, PA. The other took the photo: Fr Kenneth Brighenti of the Diocese of Metuchen, NJ. I showed them round the diocesan archives (as seen in the picture); aperitifs followed in the Abingdon Arms before retiring to the local Italian, Il Portico. The link with them was made through this blog.
These two priests need no introduction. Fr Triglio can be seen regularly on the EWTN show Web of Faith. They both appear on Council of Faith on the same network and have written a series of excellent apologetic materials: Women in the Bible for Dummies, Catholicism for Dummies, The Catholicism Answer Book and John Paul II for Dummies (the latter two are hot off the press). For more details visit their website.
I was presented with a signed copy of the John Paul II book, which looks very interesting and useful for parish sessions, etc. As you can see above, the Holy Father himself uses it for reference purposes. Their Catholicism for Dummies is superb and is my first recommendation for those who are interested in the Faith and would not find a more 'academic' approach helpful (and, actually, if they did I'd still recommend it).
The fact that these books exist is a great achievement - let's remember that they're not published by a Catholic publishing house like Ignatius Press but by a mainstream, big-bucks secular one. It's a real coup that these authors were chosen, since they present the Faith in its fullness without any liberalising agenda.
Our table talk covered many subjects and I was particularly interested to hear of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, of which Fr Triglio is President. Founded in 1975, it boasts 700 members and is basically a huge 'priestly support group', promoting on-going formation through an annual convocation, a quarterly journal (Sapientia) and local chapter meetings. There is also a highly successful branch in Australia. I wonder if the time is ripe for a British version?