This is the kind of powdered picture of life in the Church that certain Catholics of we hope- a dying school of diocesan newspaper addicts still demand -- and get. Here is an uncritical, blandly journalistic retelling of the bare outlines of the Cardinals of the American Church. When Father Thornton states that the history of the Church in the U. S. revolves around the stories of the Cardinals, one cannot help but feel that he is treating his readers as uncritical children. This glossy, touched-up portrayal of American Cardinals performs a disservice to the role of Catholic journalism and Catholic people in its suggestion that they cannot take the whole truth. There have been Cardinals who were great men -- but not all. One would never guess this from reading Our American Princes.