The easy way to grasp the ins and outs of Catholicism Catholicism For Dummies is not a catechism or religious textbook, but a casual, down-to-earth introduction for Catholics and non-Catholics. It gives commonsense explanations of Catholic weddings, Baptisms, funerals, Confirmations, and First Communions. You'll also discover other important topics that can help you better understand the Catholic culture from morality and devotions to worship and liturgy. There are more than one billion Catholics in the world, and each one shares a foundational set of basic beliefs and practices that he or she follows. Some of the teachings of Catholicism are thousands of years old, while others are more recent. So what is the Catholic culture like and what do they believe? Catholicism For Dummies answers these and many other questions.
* Various stances within American Catholicism today * Covers the death of John Paul II and the succession of Pope Benedict XVI, who has supported the return of the Latin Mass among congregations who desire to celebrate it * Expanded information on baptism, confirmation, and the other sacraments * New information about the priesthood and religious life today * Twenty-first-century issues and questions modern Catholics face, including gay marriage, abortion, and the death penalty Catholicism For Dummies presents a rich tapestry and history of the Catholic faith from devotions to doctrines. This intelligent and faithful look at Catholicism will open your eyes to this religion and answer many of the questions you may have about it.
Rev. John Trigilio, Jr., PhD, ThD, is President of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy and co-hosts with Fr. Brighenti several programs on the Eternal Word Television Network. Rev. Kenneth Brighenti, PhD, is a member of the Board of Directors for the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy and was a U.S. Naval Reserve Chaplain.
Introduction 1 Part I: What Do Catholics Believe? 7 Chapter 1: What It Means to Be Catholic 9 Chapter 2: Having Faith in God s Revealed Word 21 Chapter 3: In the Beginning: Catholic Teachings on Creation and Original Sin 37 Chapter 4: Believing in Jesus 47 Chapter 5: Defi ning "The Church" and What Membership Means 65 Chapter 6: Who's Who in the Catholic Church 73 Part II: Celebrating the Mysteries of Faith 95 Chapter 7: Body and Soul: Worshipping Catholic Style 97 Chapter 8: Entering the Church: Baptism, Communion, and Confi rmation 107 Chapter 9: The Sacraments of Service and Healing 125 Chapter 10: Celebrating the Catholic Mass 145 Part III: Living a Saintly Life 173 Chapter 11: Obeying the Rules: Catholic Law 175 Chapter 12: Loving and Honoring: The Ten Commandments 187 Chapter 13: Being Good When Sinning Is So Easy 203 Chapter 14: Standing Firm: The Church's Stance on Some Sticky Issues 219 Part IV: Praying and Using Devotions 245 Chapter 15: Growing in the Faith 247 Chapter 16: Showing Your Love for God 261 Chapter 17: Expressing Affection for Mary 275 Chapter 18: Honoring the Catholic Saints 291 Chapter 19: Practicing Catholic Traditions 311 Part V: The Part of Tens 329 Chapter 20: Ten Famous Catholics 331 Chapter 21: Ten (Plus One) Popular Catholic Saints 341 Chapter 22: Ten Popular Catholic Places 351 Part VI: Appendixes 361 Appendix A: A Brief History of Catholicism 363 Appendix B: Popular Catholic Prayers 391 Index 399
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