More Catholic Than the Pope is the only book that examines and critiques the claims of seven aggressive, aberrant Traditionalist groups that have proven so effective in luring Catholics from the Church.
These are the sects that relentlessly argue the pope has "lost the Faith" and "abandoned Tradition." The ones that boldly claim or strongly imply they are "more Catholic" than the current Vicar of Christ on earth because they - and not he - have remained faithful to Traditional Catholicism.
It can be difficult to distinguish defenders from defectors. Many traditionalist schisms that have sprung up since the Second Vatican Council are filled with devotion to the Blessed Mother; they remain extremely conservative with regard to most moral issues afflicting the western world today; and they practice a strict reverence before the Blessed Sacrament during their traditional Latin liturgies. It can be easy to sympathize with such seemingly devout but truly disaffected Catholics. Now More Catholic Than the Pope examines one such group - the Society of St. Pius X - and explains how its prime architect and figurehead, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, and his followers chose to cut themselves off from the Church. Here is the history of the Society, from its beginning in France, to its rise and fall within the Catholic Church, to Pope John Paul Ils fraternal but ultimately fruitless efforts at reconciliation. Here, too, carefully laid out, are the clear, concise, canonical answers to the issues the Societys members continue to raise and the arguments they still offer.
Patrick Madrid is a life-long Catholic. He has authored or edited sixteen Catholic books including Search and Rescue, Where Is That in the Bible and the acclaimed Surprised by Truth series. Patrick serves as the director of the Envoy Institute, which is dedicated to teaching Catholics how to explain their faith more intelligently, defend it more charitably, and share it more effectively.