Robert Blair Kaiser

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Robert Blair Kaiser (January 11, 1931 – April 2, 2015) was an American author and journalist, best known for his writing on the Catholic Church.[1]

Early life[edit]

Kaiser trained as a Jesuit from 1949 to 1959. He left the order and his intention to be ordained to the priesthood to become a journalist and to marry.[2][3]

As a correspondent for Time Magazine, he won the Overseas Press Club's Ed Cunningham Award in 1962 for the "best magazine reporting from abroad" for his reporting on the Second Vatican Council.[1]

Four of his thirteen published books deal with Catholic Church reform. His latest books include A Church in Search of Itself: Benedict XVI and the Battle for the Future and "Cardinal Mahony: A Novel." A new version of his 1970 best seller, R.F.K. Must Die!" was published in 2008, with a new sub-title, "Chasing the Mystery of the Robert Kennedy Assassination.

Kaiser's speech in Ireland on August 19, 2010, at the Humbert Summer School, entitled "Catholic Church Reform: No More Thrones," called for Irish Catholics to boldly initiate an ecclesiastical revolution through which they would remove secretive hierarchy, take back their cathedrals, and elect their own bishops.[4]

Partial bibliography[edit]

  • A Church in Search of Itself: Benedict XVI and the Battle for the Future (2006) ISBN 0-375-41064-3
  • Clerical Error: A True Story (2002) ISBN 0-8264-1384-6
  • The Encyclical That Never Was: The Story of the Commission on Population, Family and Birth, 1964-66 (1987) ISBN 0-7220-3405-9
  • The Politics of Sex and Religion: A Case History in the Development of Doctrine, 1962-1984 (1985) ISBN 0-934134-16-2
  • Pope, Council, and World: The Story of Vatican II (1963)
  • R.F.K. Must Die! Chasing the Mystery of the Robert Kennedy Assassination (2008) ISBN 1-59020-124-8
  • "Cardinal Mahony: A Novel" 2008 ISBN 978-0-9646642-9-6
  • Inside the Jesuits: How Pope Francis is Changing the Church and the World (2014) ISBN 978-1-4422-2901-3
  • Whistle: Tom Doyle's Steadfast Witness For Victims of Clerical Sexual Abuse (2015) ISBN 978-1514327616


  1. ^ Innes, Stephanie (January 16, 2007). "Catholic group will host religion journalist Kaiser". The AZ Daily Star – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 
  2. ^ Knight-Ridder (April 10, 2002). "Religion in the media: a look at recent music, books and Web sites.". The Dallas Morning News – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 
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  4. ^ McGarry, Patsy (August 20, 2010). "Call to boycott Mass may be start of 'revolution in Catholic Church". The Irish Timess – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 

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