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New book from Ascension reveals how Catholic Morality unlocks a life of true joy


Dr. Matthew K. Minerd makes a winsome Ascension debut with “Made by God, Made for God: Catholic Morality Explained”

In Made by God, Made for God: Catholic Morality Explained, moral theologian Matthew K. Minerd takes skillful and cheerful aim at common misconceptions about Catholic morality, deftly weaving texts from Scripture and Catholic saints together to show that the Catholic view of morality is about a destiny of eternal joy rather than one of doleful duty.

In the introduction, Dr. Minerd invites his audience: “My only desire is to tell you, my reader, a little tale about this wonderful vocation to which we are all called, a vocation which is in fact a participation in the greatest gift ever given, the very life of God.”

For its scholarly authority and amiable tone, the book has received a standing ovation of endorsements from Catholic theologians from Rome to Washington, DC:

  • This eloquent and luminous book… makes Catholic moral teaching accessible to all, in a universal language that preserves the fullness of the truth, and communicates it with warmth and humanity. It is highly to be recommended! – Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., Rector, Magnificus Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome
  • Matthew Minerd is a treasure and this book reflects it … Many books of moral theology read as though they aren’t meant for living people, but this one is addressed to all who have ears to hear! – Matthew Levering, Ph.D., James N. and Mary D. Perry Jr. Chair of Theology, Mundelein Seminary, IL

Additional endorsements from Fr. Cajetan Cuddy, OP, Fr. Boniface Hicks, OSB, and more are available by request from Ascension.

For his own part, Minerd explains that he undertook writing this book as a gift to his fellow Catholics, particularly those who might not have the opportunity to study theology formally:

“As a scholar, I have encountered so many incredible gems in my work as a Catholic theologian. The people of God deserve to have this kind of content! And so I wrote this book precisely to show that these truths are not just truths that we memorize, but are truths that we live.”

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Biography for Dr. Matthew K. Minerd
Matthew K. Minerd, Ph.D., is a Byzantine (Ruthenian) Catholic husband and father serving as a professor of philosophy and moral theology at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Pittsburgh, PA. His scholarly and popular writings have been published in many academic journals such as The American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, and his translations of academic texts have been published by The Catholic University of America Press, Emmaus Academic, and Cluny Media. Learn more about the Byzantine Catholic Church here.

About Ascension 
Ascension is a multimedia network and the leader in Catholic faith formation and digital content. Over the past 20 years, Ascension has helped nurture the faith of over 10 million people in over 8,000 parishes through more than 50 unique faith formation programs and the Ascension Presents media and YouTube platforms.

Media Contact 
For author interviews or other media inquiries, contact Lauren Joyce at [email protected].


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