Hope and Life Press is proud to announce the release of the nonfiction book Who Are You? What is Your Faith? America’s 21st Century Alt-Right and Catholic Social Doctrine by HLP founder and Catholic author Marcelle Bartolo-Abela. It is the first book to be released in our new lines of Catholic Social Doctrine and Fundamental Human Rights books, and the second in our Leadership category.
Exploring the question of the Executive Orders titled Protecting the Nation from the lens of Sacred Scripture and the teachings and praxis of the Catholic Church, in Who Are You? What is Your Faith? America’s 21st Century Alt-Right and Catholic Social Doctrine, Bartolo-Abela elucidates how race is the key sociopolitical ordering factor at play in the history and current state of America, with regard to fundamental human rights and the inviolable dignity of human persons. She explicates the underlying nature and stunning demographics of a newly-defined American alt-right population, and shows how at least two antithetical forms of both Christianity and Catholicism are being actively employed in the United States, at the intersection of politics and religion, to further a multidimensional racial agenda. Bartolo-Abela reminds readers how an effective and genuine remedy to America’s conflict does exist in accordance with the Faith and provides recommendations for non-violent change. Who Are You? What is Your Faith? is available in paperback and ebook editions from Amazon, the publishers Hope and Life Press, and other major booksellers.
- “Impressive documentation of systematic discrimination since the foundation of America.”
- “Challenges American Christians to ask if the Gospel of Trump is compatible with the Gospel of Christ.”
- “A passionate book unafraid of controversy.”
- “Struck me emotionally to the core.”
- “Magnificently presents the bottom line of America’s 21st century alt-right and Catholic Social Doctrine by utilizing true data.”
- “Provides a hard look at ourselves and awakens readers to draw out a decisive outcome of the future as a country and as Catholics.”
About the Author
Marcelle Bartolo-Abela is a Maltese-American consultant on the interface of multiculturalism, psychology, spirituality, and the political sphere. A first-generation immigrant to the United States of America, she served as a mental health clinician in hospital, community, private practice settings in the Northeast US and Malta. She has lectured on psychology and psychotherapy to psychiatry residents and graduate students in the US, UK, and Malta. She served as consultant to faculty and program managers on the combined provision of multicultural psychology and spirituality services. She also provided advocacy and consultation on free speech rights in relation to criminalization discourses in the legislative agenda First Malta Then the World. Bartolo-Abela is the author of nine books on the Catholic Faith. She holds a Master of Science in Psychology from Springfield College, the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methodologies in the Social Sciences from Middlesex University, and the Certificate in Catholic Social Doctrine for Professionals from The Catholic University of America. Bartolo-Abela is a mid-level apprentice in Russian-Byzantine iconography. Her icons can be found in churches and private collections in the US, Italy, and Malta.
Hope and Life Press (HLP) is pleased to welcome on board the Mexican-American public school educator, artist, and Catholic author Jonas A. Pérez of Texas, with his newest book titled Triptych de Sanctae Familiae. The book presents a first person narrative from each member of the Holy Family, written in both prose and metrical poetry. Ideal for the younger generation, Triptych de Sanctae Familiae is set to be released by HLP later this year in paperback and ebook editions, in both the English and Spanish languages.
Jonas Pérez was born and raised in the beautiful and dry Rio Grande Valley on the United States/Mexico border. He has experienced first hand many contemporary immigration issues and hopes to take such struggles and give them life in ink. Pérez was raised in the Pentecostal church, where he learned to accept spirituality and passion in worship, yet he left in his younger years after having been attracted by the reverence and zeal manifested in the Southern Baptist church. A staunch Protestant for many years, bent on curing the world of the ‘blasphemy’ of the Catholic Church, Pérez engaged with regularity in open-air preaching at predominantly Mexican crowds to escape and be saved. After much pain, death, birth, and regrowth, Pérez found himself stumbling at long last into the Catholic Church that he had persecuted and which accepted him in its fold with open arms. Perez met his wife in North Texas, dancing salsa, and the dancing was as smooth as his decision to convert to the Catholic faith. He had been praying for a sign to join the Church and it approached him with curly, poignant red hair. Now at home in the Catholic Church, he feels like a wandering ghost who is finally at rest.
Pérez has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Texas Pan-American (now Texas RGV). An ardent fan of Shakespeare, he fell in love with traditional poetry and after reading through what he deemed the Western Literary Canon, he felt ready to write. Pérez is the author of Finibus, an epic poem about a priest who is damned and witnesses Armageddon. He has also written the Spanish language version of the poem in alexandrines. The poetry of Pérez is considered a redemptive attempt to salvage the irrevocable beauty of the genre, an aspect he feels has been lost. His goal is to write poetry that is didactic, metrical, clear, and inspiring; the epitome of language. An aspiring musician, Pérez will be releasing an EP in November of contemporary Marian music. He seeks to best serve all, in particular the Hispanic community, by giving them words in both English and Spanish.
Above are a few photographs of British Catholic theologian and poet Christopher Villiers during a reading and signing of his new book Petals of Vision at Barnstaple Library, Devon, England this past weekend. In the video below you can watch Villiers reading the poem The Road to Spring during the event.