Lino Rulli, move over: another Catholic "Sinner" heading into bookstores

The celebrated host of “The Catholic Guy” radio show has just published a book called “Sinner.”

But now former centerfold star Jenny McCarthy has stolen the title (is that a sin, too?) for a book of her own.  And it has a distinctly Catholic angle that will raise eyebrows (and, I think, blood pressures), according to Entertainment Weekly:

Former Playboy Playmate Jenny McCarthy has been quite the prolific author these days. Hyperion announced this morning that her next book will be titled Sinner: Confessions of a Recovering Catholic. In the book, the actress (and cousin of funnylady Melissa McCarthy) will be shifting gears from her much-publicized books about autism and will take on a humorous, personal tone. The book will center on her childhood dream of becoming a nun. If you’ve seen her Playmate of the Year centerfold spread, you know those dreams never became reality.

McCarthy said of the new book: “Most young girls in my neighborhood played with Cabbage Patch dolls for fun. I played with Jesus, Mary, and Joseph dolls. I had every intention of becoming a nun someday. But hilarious events that unfolded in my upbringing made me question my future occupation and the contradictions I faced at home and at one of the most prestigious all-girl Catholic schools on the South Side of Chicago. This book tells the story of what went wrong, or, as I would put it now, what went right. Or as Hugh Hefner eventually put it, Playmate of the Year.”

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5 responses to “Lino Rulli, move over: another Catholic "Sinner" heading into bookstores”

  1. First I want to say that I’ve always found a sort of fascination with Jenny.

    Initially, I was also the “rebellious Catholic”, and I think I put her up there with Madonna in simply being shocked as to how much they were willing to shock. Madonna fascinated me as well. When I really thing it through, I’m almost certain that I found some kind of “comfort” in them acting out what I never, even in my rebellious state, ever could. Even though I agreed with them in some sense, I never had it in me to cross over the line(s) that they did.

    Now that my 20 year drop out hate the Catholic Church period is almost 10 years behind me, and I truly love the Catholic Faith with all my heart and soul, I think I understand it better. I suspect most from a strict Catholic upbringing(Jenny often speaks of her aunt who is a nun), just can’t emotionally deal with the conflict of lifestyle, fame, and what deep in their soul they still know to be true. Consequently, attacking it is the easiest way to deal with what otherwise would eat them up emotionally.

    Now, with a more mature faith, I see the Jenny’s and all of the “Recovering Catholic Crowd” as cowards, especially in a culture that loves to hate Catholics. In that world, it’s almost a badge of honor to have the Catholic background to mock.

    The upside is if the grace of God and the Courage of the Holy Spirit ever does hit, Jenny could really “raise some eyebrows” on her “return.”

    In the meantime, ex Catholics, especially the Hollywood elite, find their baptised faith to be a great commodity, while keeping the guilt repressed of their fellow “recovering” American Catholics.

  2. Jenny McCarthy has been an incredibly destructive witness against vaccines. As a family doctor and mother of two autistic children, I wonder what we would know about the disorder if so much money had not been spent exposing the fraudulent claims of the anti-vaccine crazies. She is pathetic.

  3. “If you’ve seen her Playmate of the Year centerfold spread, you know those dreams never became reality.”

    I enjoy your blog, but this article is a bomb. Seems like you could have written it without sentences like the above, which might prompt some internet searches.

    Or you could have passed over the (repeated) references to her pornography days altogether. Your readers who know of it don’t need the references. Your readers who don’t know of it don’t need the references, either.

  4. Jenny’s books are hilarious!
    I love them and so do my friends.
    I have a son w autism and sometimes really need a laugh.
    Thank u jenny for speaking for my autistic son and making me smile.

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