If the old adage that you’re only as sick as your secrets is true, then Lino Rulli may actually be pretty healthy. In Sinner- The Catholic Guy's Funny, Feeble Attempts to Be a Faithful Catholic, he’s straightforward, even about subjects most people would go to great lengths to avoid, such as being: rejected by women, tested for and diagnosed with Prostatitis (the first two aren’t necessarily related, as far as I know), arrested for underage drinking and vandalism, a lack of direction in life, and a multitude of sins.
Some passages of the book are laugh out loud funny, and others seem to be more an exercise in pushing the envelope in terms of subject matter shared outside of a confessional or a doctor’s office. One thing I appreciated about this work is Lino Rulli’s honesty. He approaches life and wrote this book certain of a few things: 1.) he’s made a lot of mistakes and fallen short in many areas of his life 2.) truth and honesty are best for purposes of humility and humor 3.) the Catholic Church is both the ultimate safe haven and vessel of healing for sinners. There are certainly some who would be very put-off and offended The Catholic Guy’s Howard Stern sort of approach to the faith, and others who will find his brand of humor hilarious. A number of sections—regardless of your taste in humor—will prick your conscience, make your jaw drop, and possibly even lead you back to the Sacrament of
Lino Rulli is a sinner. He’s sorry, and he knows it, writes about it at length, and may very well thereby lure some fallen away Catholics back to the grace and mercy that God provides through the Sacraments.
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