About Dr. Rao

Dr. John C. Rao, D. Phil. Oxon., is Associate Professor of History at St. John's University and Director of the Roman Forum (also see the Roman Forum Facebook page). A well-regarded speaker as well as writer, Dr. Rao presents lecture series on Church history in New York and as part of the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium at Lake Garda in Italy. Applications for both are available through the Roman Forum's website. Recordings of those and other lectures are available on Soundcloud and YouTube .


Books and longer pieces

Books and longer pieces available online include:
  • A Centenary Meditation on a Quest for "Purification" Gone Mad (Gardone Lectures, July 2018). (Arouca Press, 2019).
  • The Political Culture of American Catholics from the Twentieth to the Twenty-First Centuries (Verbo: Madrid, LVI, 568-569, August-October 2018).
  • He Who Loses the Past, Loses the Present: Putting Dignitatis Humanae in its Full Historical Context (Norcia Conference on Dignitatis Humanae, October, 2015). 17,512 words.
  • Black Legends and the Light of the World: The War of Words with the Incarnate Word (The Remnant Press, 2011). It's very long (350,000 words), so you might prefer the free pdf or epub, or the paperback available from the publisher.
  • Periphery. One man against pluralism: a novel of rage and reason. (Note: it deals with present-day life in New York and so includes coarse language.) It too is long, so you might prefer to read the epub. 262,076 words.
  • Americanism and the Collapse of the Church in the United States (Remnant Press, 1984; Updated, Tan Books, 1995. Also published as “L’americanismo e la crisi della chiesa negli Stati Uniti”, Contrarivoluzione (Florence, July-October, 1991, pp. 16-20; March-June, 1992, pp. 15-20). The illusions of pluralism, Catholicism and American patriotism. 15,293 words.
  • Secular Italy and Catholicism: 1848-1915 (A chapter in Models and Images of Catholicism in Italian and Italian American Life Forum Italicum of the Center for Italian Studies at S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook, 2004, pp. 195-230). Liberalism, nationalism, socialism and the romantic idealist temptation. 14,424 words.
  • The Black Legends and the Timeless Drama of Truth (A Series of Essays Based on the Gardone Lectures, 1993-2004). 13,171 words.
  • Portugal, Austria and Catholic Counterrevolution in Interwar Europe (Faith and Reason, Spring, 1985, pp. 1-25). 10,603 words.
  • Louis Veuillot and Catholic “Intransigence”: A Re-Evaluation (Faith and Reason, Winter, 1983, pp. 282-306). 10,247 words.
  • The Unrepentant Catholic's Cautionary Calendar. Extensive but incomplete -- if you've got a date to add, send it in! 25,227 words. Books in print include Removing the Blindfold: 19th Century Catholics and the Myth of Modern Freedom (Angelus Press).

    Shorter pieces

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    Last updated February 5, 2020.