Earthly Mission: The Catholic Church and World Development

Has the Catholic Church on balance been a force for good? Calderisi weighs the Church’s various missteps and poor decisions against its positive contributions, looking back as far as the Spanish Conquest in Latin America and the arrival of missionaries in Africa and Asia. He also looks forward, highlighting difficult issues that threaten to disrupt the Church's future social role. The author’s answer to the question he poses will fascinate Catholic and non-Catholic readers alike, providing a wealth of insights into international affairs, development economics, humanitarian concerns, history, and theology.

The Trouble with Africa

Drawing on thirty years of first hand experience, The Trouble with Africa highlights issues which have been ignored by Africa's leaders but have worried ordinary Africans, diplomats, academics, business leaders, aid workers, volunteers, and missionaries for a long time. It ripples with stories which only someone who has talked directly to African farmers--and heads of state--could recount. Calderisi's aim is to move beyond the hand-wringing and finger-pointing which dominates most discussions of Africa. Instead, he suggests concrete steps which Africans and the world can take to liberate talent and enterprise on the continent.

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Quebec in a Global Light

In this masterful survey of the major social and economic issues facing Quebec, Robert Calderisi offers an intimate look into the sensitivities and strengths of a society that has grown accustomed to being misunderstood. In doing so, he argues that the values uniting Quebeckers – their common sense, courtesy, concern for the downtrodden, aversion to conflict, and mild form of nationalism, linked to a firm refusal to be homogenized by globalization – make them the most "Canadian" of all Canadians.

An Open Letter to the Pope from a Gay Catholic

A “love letter” to the Catholic Church from a gay man who has never seen a contradiction between personal faith and sexual identity, appealing for married priests, an end to all discrimination against women in the Church, mercy towards divorced Catholics, and true efforts at Christian unity.


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A Marriage of Two Minds

Robert met Jean Daniel Rossi in Paris in November 1978 and lived with him for the next thirty years, until he died of ALS. A former monk and seminarian, Jean Daniel could have been a brilliant engineer, doctor, painter, carpenter, art restorer, couturier, or chef; but he was where he wanted to be, in a warm and loving relationship, capable of looking after himself but much more interested in looking after others. This is their story – of faith, hope, and love.


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The Trouble with Africa: Why Foreign Aid Isn’t Working

“A fluent, deeply personal account of how aid has failed Africa, and how Africa, so often, has managed to fail itself. One of the best books of the year.” (The Economist)


“Robert Calderisi and a few other authors are shaking up the aid establishment. That’s painful, but also essential.”

(The New York Review of Books)

“A personal narrative of engagement with a beguiling but maddening continent, avoiding the familiar positions among old African hands of either expressing contempt or excusing failure.” (The Financial Times)


“Mr. Calderisi clearly admires the drive and initiative of Africans freed of the disincentives he so well analyzes.”

(The Wall Street Journal)

“Excellent, original, refreshing.” (Times Literary Supplement)

“A brilliant, striking book.” (The Irish Times)

Earthly Mission: The Catholic Church and World Development


“Few will approach this book with an open mind. The faithful will find his candid assessment of the Church’s transgressions unsettling. Its critics will find his praise of its mission similarly discomforting. Both can learn, though, from his work.”

(The Economist)

“A balanced look at the contradictory and controversial stances of the Catholic Church. There are two sides to the Catholic coin.” (The New Statesman)


“Calderisi’s credentials are impeccable, and his decision to focus on individuals within the Catholic Church – nuns and missionaries as well as popes and cardinals – makes for lively reading.” (Literary Review – UK)

 “A comprehensive overview of the Church’s charitable and development work, but also refreshingly honest and critical where [Calderisi] feels the Church has not been true to itself. Authoritative, impressive, moving.” (The Tablet – UK)