Endorsements & Reviews

Catholic Leaders & Media Endorsements

“The CCSS is a long-awaited addition to Catholic books on the Bible. It is clearly written, sticks to the facts, treats the Bible as true history, and does not get lost in idle speculation and guesswork about the sources of the Gospels and the other books. Homilists will find here the pearl of great price and the treasure hidden in a field. Laypersons who are looking for a truly Catholic interpretation of the Bible will find it here. Those who want to know more about God’s holy word in the Bible will want to purchase the whole set.”

Fr. Kenneth Baker, SJ, editor, Homiletics and Pastoral Review

“There is a great hunger among Catholic laity for a deeper understanding of the Bible. The Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture fills the need for a more in-depth interpretation of Scripture. I am very excited to be able to recommend this new series to our Bible Study groups around the world.”

-Gail Buckley, founder and director, Catholic Scripture Study International (www.cssprogram.net)

“The Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture employs the Church’s methodology of studying Sacred Scripture in a faithful, dynamic, and fruitful way. With interest in Catholic Bible studies growing rapidly, the repeated question has been, ‘can you suggest a reliable commentary?’ The Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture is now the go-to resource that I can enthusiastically recommend to all my students.”

-Jeff Cavins, founder, The Great Adventure Catholic Bible Study System

“This new commentary series appears to me to be a gift of the Holy Spirit to Catholic clergy, religious, and laity at this historic moment. Pope Benedict has effectively announced the rebirth of Catholic biblical theology, bringing together Scripture, tradition, and the teachings of the Church. An up-to-date popular guide to the New Testament is urgently needed at this moment. This commentary reflects not only biblical criticism but also the unity of the Word of God as it applies to our lives. We accept this Word with the confident belief that these writings are given to us under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and reliably present the life of Our Lord Jesus Christ. It is imperative that we study the New Testament because, inspired by Christ himself, it is the guide to eternal life. This is a marvelous and timely introduction. Sign up and learn.”

-Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR, author and preacher

“The Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture gives serious American Catholics a critical study tool they’ve lacked: a spiritually invigorated and intellectually keen verse-by-verse analysis of the biblical text from scholars who are thinking within the heart of the Church. All of this is achieved without getting bogged down in questions of purely academic interest. The commentaries are rich in textual insight and practical illustration, making them immensely helpful to homilists, teachers, and readers. This project is terrific; undoubtedly one of the most exciting works of today’s freshly assertive American Catholicism.”

-Al Kresta, president and CEO, Ave Maria Radio; host of Kresta in the Afternoon

“This series of commentaries is just what the Church needs today. It combines sound exegesis with pastoral and spiritual sensitivity and is accessible to any Catholic who wishes a reliable commentary on Scripture that is understandable, solid in its scholarship, and applicable to life. Recommended.”

-Ralph Martin, director, graduate theology programs in the new evangelization, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Archdiocese of Detroit; author of The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints

“Besides being a clearly written, comprehensive, and pastorally instructive guide to the Bible for Catholics, the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture is also a great commentary for Protestant readers. By being faithful to the Church’s teaching and by drawing so much from the wisdom of all of church history, it offers much to Protestant readers who want to read Scripture through the Great Tradition.”

David Mills, editor of Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity

“Those who preach and teach will find their burden lightened and turned into delight with the help of these commentaries. In a time when much biblical scholarship is written for other biblical scholars, these authors understand that the Bible is the book of the Church, the entire people of God.”

-Richard John Neuhaus, editor in chief, First Things

“As a former evangelical Bible teacher I own hundreds of Bible commentaries, but after my conversion to the Catholic Church, I was dismayed by the lack of good Catholic commentaries on Scripture. It is thrilling to see the new seventeen-volume Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture, which is scholarly, easy to read, and faithful to Catholic teaching. The references to the Catechism, the Fathers of the Church, and a variety of other sources make this an exceptionally rich resource. Each volume is loaded with rich detail, theological insight, and helpful background information. These solidly orthodox Catholic scholars have done us a great service by filling the void-providing a commentary series on Scripture that has set a cutting-edge standard for years to come.”

-Steve Ray, lecturer; author of the Bible Study Guides for Genesis and Acts; and writer, producer, and host of the ten-part documentary series Footprints of God, the Story of Salvation from Abraham to Augustine

“Mary Healy and Peter S. Williamson, with Kevin Perrotta, have launched an exciting and most promising Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture. I plan to read and use it as a basis for preaching and am already profiting from the advanced segments.”

-Michael Scanlan, TOR, chancellor, Franciscan University of Steubenville

“Informed by careful scholarship, yet accessible to a wide audience, the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture belongs in homes, parishes, college classrooms, and anywhere that a clear, lively, faithful guide to Bible study is welcome. Catholics delving into Scripture will find here a first-class resource for discovering, or rediscovering, the spiritual riches of the New Testament.”

-Paul Thigpen, professor of theology, Southern Catholic College, Dawsonville, Georgia, and editor of The Catholic Answer magazine

Theologian & Philosopher Endorsements

“Pope Benedict XVI has reminded the Church that continuous encounter with the Word remains the source of her renewal and the font of ‘a new spiritual Spring.’ The Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture affords its readers a helpful guide for encountering the books of the Bible in a way that respects both the whole of Scripture and the givens of Catholic faith. Many will discover in the volumes of this collection wellsprings of spiritual refreshment.”

-Romanus Cessario, OP, professor of systematic theology, St John’s Seminary

“Catholic biblical literature is so abundant that one might raise the question, do we need another commentary on the Holy Scriptures? Such a question will inevitably arise in the minds of those for whom science and mathematics alone give us valid knowledge. But whereas these branches of knowledge grow ‘horizontally’ (that is, solve one problem to turn to the next), knowledge of God grows ‘vertically.’ Every word coming from the mouth of God is so rich in content that commentaries-profound as they are-can never exhaust the divine manna. This is why the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture is to be warmly welcomed. It builds on the sublime insights delivered by tradition and adds another flower to the bouquet of human homage to revelation.”

Alice von Hildebrand, professor emerita, City University of New York

“This new commentary series should meet a need that has long been pointed out: a guide to Scripture that will be both historically responsible and shaped by the mind of the Church’s tradition. It promises to be a milestone in the recovery of a distinctively Catholic approach to exegesis.”

-Aidan Nichols, OP, John Paul II Memorial Visiting Lecturer, University of Oxford; Fellow of Greyfriars, Oxford

“Direct, clear, and spiritually rich, the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture is just what we need today: patient exposition of God’s Word that illuminates and is illuminated by the teaching and practice of the Church.”

-R. R. Reno, professor of theological ethics, Creighton University

“The Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture richly provides what has for so long been lacking among contemporary scriptural commentaries. Its goal is to assist Catholic preachers and teachers, lay and ordained, in their ministry of the word. Moreover, it offers ordinary Catholics a scriptural resource that will enhance their understanding of God’s word and thereby deepen their faith. Thus these commentaries, nourished on the faith of the Church and guided by scholarly wisdom, are both exegetically sound and spiritually nourishing. They are indispensable tools for preaching, catechesis, evangelization, and other forms of pastoral ministry.”

-Fr. Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM Cap, executive director of the secretariat for doctrine, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

“When the Scripture is read in the liturgy, it is heard as a living voice. But when expounded in a commentary, it is too often read as a document from the past. This fine new series unites the ancient and the contemporary by offering insight into the biblical text-verse by verse-as well as spiritual application to the lives of Christians today. I particularly like the sidebars inserted into the text called ‘Living Tradition’ that feature memorable sayings from great Christian teachers or brief explanations of puzzling terms and ideas.”

-Robert Louis Wilken, William R. Kenan Jr. professor of the history of Christianity, University of Virginia

Scripture Scholar Endorsements

“This well-written book fills a very important niche in our appreciation of the Gospels. Healy combines literary sensitivity with theological vigor, resulting in a reading of Mark that puts a compelling face on the message of this Gospel.”

-Gary Anderson, professor of Old Testament, University of Notre Dame

“After twenty years of teaching priests as well as teaching Catholic laypeople, seminarians, and deacons in formation, I can say with confidence that the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture is a landmark achievement in theological interpretation of Scripture in and for the Church. Everything about it is inviting and edifying, from the format, photos, background notes, and cross-references (to Scripture and the catechism) to the rich exposition of the text, quotations from the Church’s living tradition, and reflections for contemporary life. It is a wonderful gift to the Catholic Church and a model for the rest of us. Highly recommended for all!”

-Michael J. Gorman, professor of Sacred Scripture and dean of the Ecumenical Institute of Theology, St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore

“By bringing together historical background, exegetical interpretation, church tradition, theological reflection, and pastoral application, this series promises to enkindle thoughtful discussion about the implications of the New Testament for lived Christian faith in the Church today. Its accessible format and multi-angled approach offer a model for teaching and ministry.”

-Katherine Hayes, associate professor of Sacred Scripture, Seminary of the Immaculate Conception

“Mary Healy skillfully and insightfully moves her readers to plumb the spiritual depths of Mark’s Gospel through helpful sections of ‘living tradition’ and ‘reflection and application.’ I have found her commentary a boon in homily preparation. If the other volumes in the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture live up to the high standard that Healy has attained, Catholic Christians will be enriched and grateful.”

Robert J. Karris, OFM, research professor, The Franciscan Institute, St. Bonaventure University

“In preparing for the international Synod of Bishops on ‘The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church,’ Pope Benedict XVI reminded the Church that a prayerful study of the Scriptures is at the heart of the Church’s renewal. The new Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture promises to directly serve that purpose. Drawing on sound biblical scholarship, the commentaries present the reader with the rich harvest of that study, reflecting on the message of the biblical text and engaging the life of faith from a Catholic perspective. Preachers, pastors, students of the Bible, and adults seeking mature spiritual nourishment will welcome this new series.”

Donald Senior, CP, president, Catholic Theological Union

Bishop & Cardinal Endorsements

“The Word of God is the source of Christian life, and the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture is an ideal tool for living our faith more deeply. This extraordinary resource combines superior scholarship and a vivid, accessible style that will serve the interested layperson and the serious scholar equally well. It feeds both the mind and the heart and should be on the shelf of every committed Catholic believer. I highly recommend it.”

-Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap, Archbishop of Philadelphia

“In the four decades since the Second Vatican Council, Catholics of all backgrounds have been blessed with quite a number of excellent commentaries on the Sacred Scriptures. Many of these were very scholarly and others more popular. There has long been a need for a commentary that provides a certain amount of depth while still being very accessible to people of all backgrounds-preachers and teachers of the Word, lay or ordained, as well as ordinary Catholics. Peter Williamson, Mary Healy, and Kevin Perrotta have put together a team that is now writing a seventeen-volume New Testament series entitled The Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture. Following the theological principle of Dei Verbum 12, that Scripture should be interpreted ‘in accord with the same spirit by which it was written,’ these volumes seek to integrate Scripture with Catholic doctrine, worship, and daily life. The authors and consulting editors are world-class theologians and Scripture scholars, the format is easy to read, and the price is hard to beat!”

-Adam Cardinal Maida, retired

“This new Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture (New Testament) grew out of a perception that there was a need, yet to be met, for commentaries oriented to Christian faith and life today. The first two volumes-The Gospel of Mark and First and Second Timothy, Titus-indicate that this series promises to be spiritually and doctrinally informative, based on careful, solid biblical exegesis. The method and content of this work will be helpful to teachers of the faith at different levels and will provide a reliable guide to people seeking to deepen their knowledge and thereby nourish their faith. The publication of the volume on St. Mark is liturgically timely (Sunday Gospel readings, Year B), while the first of the Pauline commentaries, on Timothy and Titus, will serve to introduce readers to the riches found in the teaching of St. Paul at this favorable time: Pope Benedict has declared June 2008 to June 2009 the Year of St. Paul. It is noteworthy that among the editorial principles of this series is an emphasis on a theological and pastoral hermeneutic rather than a focus on legitimate but obscure scholarly questions. This is well borne out in the initial volumes. This series also admirably aims to serve readers across a spectrum of Catholic opinion while remaining faithful to Church teaching. With the advance of secularism in our times Christian conviction and evangelization need sustained support, especially through Sacred Scripture. I strongly recommend the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture.”

-Cormac Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor, Archbishop of Westminster

“Coinciding with the Bishops’ Synod on ‘The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church,’ this great project of a seventeen-volume commentary on the New Testament starts with the volume on Saint Mark. This series represents a much-needed approach, based on good scholarship but not overloaded with it. The frequent references to the Catechism of the Catholic Church help us to read Holy Scripture with a vivid sense of the Living Tradition of the Church.”

-Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna

“I welcome with great joy the launch of this new collection of commentaries on the Bible because the project corresponds perfectly to a pressing need in the Church. I am speaking about exegetical studies that are well grounded from a scholarly point of view but not overburdened with technical details, and at the same time related to the riches of ancient interpretation, nourishing for spiritual life, and useful for catechesis, preaching, evangelization, and other forms of pastoral ministry. Indeed, this is the kind of commentary for which the majority of readers have a great desire.”

-Albert Cardinal Vanhoye, SJ, emeritus professor of biblical exegesis, Pontifical Biblical Institute, former secretary of the Pontifical Biblical Commission

“This new Bible commentary series is based on solid scholarship and enriched by the church’s long tradition of study and reflection. Enhanced by an attractive format, it provides an excellent resource for all who are serving in pastoral ministry and for the individual reader who searches the Scriptures for guidance in the Christian life.”

–Emil A. Wcela, Auxiliary Bishop (retired), Diocese of Rockville Centre; past president, Catholic Biblical Association

Reader Reviews

“It is a joy to congratulate you on this fine piece of work. For the past two weeks I have been blessed to use and study your The Gospel of Mark. In addition to your helpful scholarship I find your reflections very helpful.
May God continue to use you and bless you. ”

–Personal Email

“As I am walking through the Gospel of Mark at this time in the Church Year daily and on Sundays, I am amazed at your work in your Gospel Commentary.  I am left wondering, “where does she get it all?”  Then I thank God for awesome Scripture Commentators such as yourself.  You must have an amazing prayer life, or at least be very well read (perhaps a little of both).I have quoted from you and cited you in my homilies and recommended your book to others.  I know I always welcome positive affirmation from my parishioners, so I thought I would pass some on myself.  I just wanted to send you an email to comment on a great job that makes mine easier!  Thank you.”

–Personal Email

“This is a really great commentary. Healy combines a lot of the information that I have in a variety of other commentaries (both Catholic and Protestant), but then pulls it all together with additional observations that make it very accessible while still being scholarly. She follows up many sections with items for reflection. Her style is very easy to read and you never feel as if she’s talking over your head… Highest recommendation and I am now beginning 1 Corinthians by George Montague in the same series.”

–Julie Davis, Happy Catholic’s Bookshelf  Blog

“Like Mary Healy’s treatment of the Gospel of Mark in this series, Mitch and Sri’s commentary on the Gospel of Matthew is exactly what the faithful need. The scholarship presented is first rate without being overly technical or arcane, and the prose is refreshingly lacking in the “hermeneutic of suspicion” that sometimes accompanies Catholic commentaries. In other words, the authors are appreciative of the work that’s been done by exegetes and historians, but they wear their learning lightly and don’t try to poke holes in the Scriptures. The text is faithful to the Magisterium and includes useful side bars on background topics. .”

-Amazon.com Review

“This commentary [First and Second Peter, Jude] is detailed and gives the reader needed information for understanding the content-meaning for the people of the time it was written as well as for us today. The language and grammar are easy to understand for the average person. It’s a great addition for any person who wants to study the Bible in-depth with exegesis in mind.

-Amazon.com Review

“I have studied the Greek text of Mark’s Gospel extensively for over 20 years. While I am not a Catholic, I purchased this book for two reasons: 1) curiosity and 2) to see how Catholic Scholars interpret Mark. While not a technical commentary, I was pleasantly surprised. This book is very good and provides very useful exegetical information for Pastors and laity. I have enjoyed using it in my current personal study. Its greatest strength is its layout- a) interpretation in which key words and phrases are high lighted, b) application, and c) side bars. I really like the side bars because they provide NT background information to the text or Catholic practices. Secondly, it is inexpensive. I have already purchased Matthew.”

-Christianbook.com Review

“I am a priest in an extremely large parish (7500 families). This commentary series is a gem for helping with preparation of homilies. It has just enough academic details to help you have a good understanding of the literal sense (what was really happening in the historical context), without getting bogged down in debates over who wrote what when. The best feature is the application for living sections. They really help make the Word of God present in our life now.”

Amazon.com Review

“I really enjoyed this book…it’s more of a reference book than a pleasure read, but I really like the way Mary Healy takes a Bible verse, than gives the explanation and definitions and additional information, then moves on to the next verse. There is no flipping back and forth and it was a surprisingly quick read, considering it’s more textbook than novel. Highly recommend this to anyone interested in getting a more in depth understanding of Mark’s Gospel. Will definitely search out other books by this author for my own person education.”

-GoodReads Review