Our parish started a women’s book club in last Fall. I had every intention of joining in and found the list of books selected for the coming year really impressive. A new job and conflicting priorities has kept me from going to any of the discussions. But, thankfully, I have been able to read some of the books on the list.
One of the books on the list was a Catholic novel, Fatherless, by Brian J. Gail. It is the first in a trilogy that follows the lives of a priest and a number of families in his parish. It examines the effects birth control, infidelity, and changing morals have on their lives. Although the book is large and imposing, it is an excellent story of the consequences and pitfalls of a contraceptive mentality.