By William F. Buckley Jr.
Despite the subtitle, this really isnít
an autobiography. Yes, Buckley discusses his elementary education in
various private schools, in Mexico City, France, England, and Connecticut.
He describes the ordination of his godson Michael Bozell into the
reclusive Benedictine order in Solesmes, France. He recounts his visit to
Lourdes, although he spends most of the chapter going over its history
rather than his own experiences there.
Doubleday, 313 pp, 1997
What Buckley does offer is a concise
examination of Catholic doctrine. A devout Catholic himself, he explores
various hot button issues like the infallibility of the pope, Christís
divination, women as priests, etc. Iím not a Catholic, but I still
enjoyed Buckleyís take on Catholicism and Christianity.
This isnít Buckleyís strongest book,
nor quite as moving and insightful as advertised, but itís a fine
addition to the constant debate between religion and secularism.