The Catholic Novel

The Catholic Novel with Fr. Robert Lauder

This is a lecture series, with each episode running approximately 13-15 minutes.

The Catholic Novel, as defined by Fr. Lauder, is a story whose theme is directly related to some Catholic teaching, dogmatic or moral; or some Catholic sacramental principle; and the mystery of Catholicism is treated favorably. Unfortunately in recent years the Catholic novel has been like a treasure hidden in a field, largely neglected even by Catholics. This series will attempt to change that.


All Season 1, episodes are currently available for viewing below:

Season 1, Episode 1: Overview of the Catholic Novel

Season 1, Episode 2: Graham Green’s “The Power and the Glory” 

Season 1, Episode 3: Evelyn Waugh’s “Brideshead Revisited” 

Season 1, Episode 4: Georges Bernanos’ “The Diary of a Country Priest” 

Season 1, Episode 5: Walker Percy’s “The Moviegoer” 

Season 1, Episode 6: Shusako Endo’s “Deep River”

Season 1, Episode 7: Ron Hansen’s “Mariette in Ecstasy” 

Season 1, Episode 8: Graham Greene’s “The End of the Affair” 


A 2nd season of 8 new novels aired during the 2017 Advent Season, and are currently available for viewing below:

Season 2, Episode 9: Shusako Endo’s “Silence”

Season 2, Episode 10: Graham Greene’s “The Heart of the Matter

Season 2, Episode 11: Alice McDermott’s “The Ninth Hour”

Season 2, Episode 12: Myles Connolly’s “Mr. Blue”

Season 2, Episode 13: Francois Mauriac’s “Viper’s Tangle”

Season 2, Episode 14: Mark Salzman’s “Lying Awake”

Season 2, Episode 15: Morris West’s “The Devil’s Advocate”

Season 2, Episode 16: Graham Green’s “Monsignor Quixote”


THE CATHOLIC NOVEL will debut a 3rd Season in March 2018 during the Lenten Season. Stay tuned for more details!



Author of over a dozen books, full professor of philosophy at St. John’s University in Jamaica, Queens, and regular contributor to NET’s Gabriel Award-winning movie-review series, REEL FAITH, Father Lauder has long had as an avocation viewing and writing about films, theatre and literature. His essays on film have appeared in The Sunday Arts and Leisure Section of the Sunday New York Times, America magazine, Commonweal magazine and in his weekly column which appears in The Tablet, the Brooklyn Diocese’s newspaper. He has also contributed essays to books about film. In the popular Friday Film Festival program at Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston, Father Lauder has shown more than two hundred films, all classics or near classics. Knowing that many still think of film as nothing more than escapist entertainment, Father Lauder believes that film has tremendous potential to influence people deeply, at least as much potential as literature, theatre and television. In fact he believes that film, like other art forms, can be a mediator of God’s grace.This priest-philosopher is fond of saying “One film will not change anyone’s life but a constant diet of the same type of film has to affect people”. Father Lauder thinks that great films can raise consciousness and challenge conscience. In recent years he has tried to interest Catholic formation programs to include some study of film in their educational efforts.

Recent Episodes

Episode 9 – “Silence”

December 12, 2017

This 9th episode (and first of a brand new season) focuses on Shusaku Endo’s “Silence”!

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