Nothing to Hide: Secrecy, Communication, and Communion in the Catholic Church

by Russell Shaw. Ignatius Press, 2008.

Written by a journalist, this resource argues for a Roman Catholic church that is open, honest, and accountable, offering concrete solutions to combat the breakdown of community and trust in the church.


theology of openness, how to make the American church more accountable, historical review, church communication

Best For

Roman Catholic clergy and lay leaders


purchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • Create an environment built on trust and accountability by practicing a theology of openness as detailed in the book.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how the Roman Catholic Church became prey to its own debilitating secret-keeping by reading anecdotes and a historical review.

About the Contributor

Janet Hoover

Janet Hoover is a certified spiritual director in private practice and an American Baptist pastor. She graduated from the University of Indianapolis and earned her MDiv and DMin from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. 

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