Marian professor co-authors book on Catholic culture

FOND DU LAC, Wis. - Sr. Cyndi A. Nienhaus, CSA, Ph.D., assistant professor of religious education at Marian University, has co-authored a book with Brother Louis DeThomasis FSC, Ph.D. entitled "The Silent Schism: Healing the Serious Split in the Catholic Church."

In this ground-breaking work, the authors use Pope Francis' "the grammar of simplicity" to describe the current schism happening in the Catholic Church worldwide and to offer solutions for how to heal it. The book centers on how Jesus was always less worried about doctrine, dogmas and dictums, and more interested in the radical law of love. Authors Nienhaus and DeThomasis call on both traditionalists and progressives in the church to recapture the mission of Jesus to bring about the reign of God "on earth, as it is in heaven."

Sr. Cyndi Nienhaus, CSA, Ph.D., is a member of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes and serves as assistant professor at Marian University. She has had articles published in journals such as Religious Education, Journal of Catholic Education and Journal of Ecumenical Studies.

Brother Louis DeThomasis, FSC, Ph.D., is a member of the De La Salle Christian Brothers, is President Emeritus of St. Mary's University of Minnesota and serves as Chairman of Christian Brothers Investment Services-Global. He is the author of Flying in the Face of Tradition and Dynamics of Catholic Education.

The book is available through the publisher, ACTA Publications at on

For more information, contact Sr. Cyndi Nienhaus at or at (920) 926-6712.


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