Bob Cavanaugh is just another failed English major who left college in June 1973 after only one full year of instruction, to enter the contracting field. He left the Catholic Church about the same time. As his business prospects picked up during the boom of the 1980s, like many another young entrepreneurial soul he became a fledgling devotee of Rush Limbaugh and the gospel of prosperity.
His late father began slipping him seditious reading material in the latter half of that heady decade, and this slowly awakened his dormant Catholic consciousness. One influential turning point was A Nation of Victims, The Decay of the American Character, by Charles J. Sykes (St. Martin’s Press, 1993). There were many other such literary turning points, too numerous to list here. Suffice it to say Mr. Cavanaugh read his way back to the faith, with his formal return occurring during Christmas 1994, after having just turned forty, and a full three years after the birth of his family’s first child.
In recent years, Mr. Cavanaugh has self-published World Meeting of Families, Philadelphia 2015: A local resident offers a layman’s perspective, and Christopher Bell, Professor Michael J. New, and the Catholic Vote November 2016 (ISBN 978-0-9985546-0-0).
He is currently assembling a collection of essays with the working title The American Experiment, An Introduction: Economic Freedom and Religious Freedom, Twin Pillars of Moral Anarchy, for which he would dearly love to find a publisher before he dies.
His main regret in life is having wandered off for twenty years. His main hope in life is that his children and grandchildren do not repeat this mistake.
Christopher Bell, Professor Michael J. New, and the Catholic Vote November 2016
World Meeting of Families, Philadelphia 2015: A local resident offers a layman’s perspective