While Catholicfiction.net is eager to do its part in the much-desired Catholic literary revival, we do not believe that this worthy cause is well served by giving every newly published Catholic novel a glowing report. Just because a novel seeks to promote Catholic faith and values, for instance, it doesn’t necessarily follow that it is a.) well written, b.) tells a captivating story, c.) is an entertaining read or d.) points to those sustaining Catholic values. Similarly, though a thoughtful reading of a novel may suggest that the Catholic perspective is less than adequately represented, even in important matters of faith and morals, it doesn’t follow that there is nothing of value to be gained from reading the book; we would hope our reviewers would point out a such a book’s virtues, even when they see fit to comment on problematic aspects.
Our policy is to be fair and informative to our readers who look to our recommendations when they are considering what to read. Occasionally, particularly with respect to self-published books, we see books that are, in our opinion, do not meet minimum reading standards, and we do believe we can not fairly review the book in any positive sense. On these occasions, we will advise the author we will not review the book.
Our main criterion, then, is a spirit of charity as well as discernment.