By Lawrence S. Cunningham
The Vatican. The Inquisition. birth control. Celibacy. Apparitions and miracles. Plots and scandals. The Catholic Church is seldom out of the scoop. yet what do its one thousand million adherents quite think, and the way do they placed their ideals into perform in worship, the relations, and society?
This down-to-earth account is going again to the early Christian creeds to discover the roots of contemporary Catholic pondering. It avoids getting slowed down in theological technicalities, and throws mild on features of the Church's institutional constitution and liturgical perform that even Catholics can locate baffling: why visit confession? How are humans made saints? what's 'infallible' concerning the Pope? subject matters addressed contain: • scripture and culture • sacraments and prayer • well known piety • own and social morality • reform, undertaking, and interreligious discussion Lawrence Cunningham, a theologian, prize-winning author and college instructor, offers an summary of Catholicism this day as a way to be fundamental for undergraduates and lay learn teams.
Read Online or Download An Introduction to Catholicism (Introduction to Religion) PDF
Similar catholicism books
“John XXIII was once, within the absolute best experience, a revolutionary—a Pope of modernization who saved in continuity with the church’s prior, but made even the main enlightened of his twentieth century predecessors appear like voices of one other age. ”
“The tale of fine Pope John is usually worthy telling…. Greg Tobin tells it rather well. As we look forward to higher days, this tale may help to maintain desire alive. ”
—Thomas Groome, Professor of Theology and spiritual schooling at Boston university, writer of Will There Be religion
Published within the fiftieth anniversary 12 months of the historical Vatican Council II, the nice Pope by means of Greg Tobin is the 1st significant biography of Pope John XXIII, a universally cherished non secular chief who ushered in an period of wish and openness within the Catholic Church—and whose reforms, had they been authorised, may have enabled the church to prevent the various significant crises it faces this day. to be had ahead of John XXIII’s most probably canonization, Tobin’s the nice Pope is well timed and demanding, providing a desirable examine the legacy of Vatican Council II, an insightful research into the background of the Catholic Church, and a party of 1 of its real heroes.
The private narratives of 9 20th-century Catholic woman authors -- Monica Baldwin, Antonia White, Mary McCarthy, Mary Gordon, Mary Daly, Barbara Ferraro, Patricia Hussey, Karen Armstrong, and Patricia Hampl -- communicate eloquently concerning the strategy of departure from the church and its associations.
Whereas the Spanish Inquisition has laid the best declare to either scholarly realization and the preferred mind's eye, the Roman Inquisition, verified in 1542 and a key tool of papal authority, was once extra robust, very important, and long-lived. based through Paul III and initially aimed to remove Protestant heresy, it medieval antecedents yet went past them through turning into a hugely articulated centralized organ without delay depending on the pope.
Whereas the past due Anglo-Saxons not often recorded saints' posthumous miracles, a shift happened as monastic writers of the overdue 11th and 12th centuries began to shield hundreds of thousands of the tales that they had heard of healings, acts of vengeance, resurrections, recoveries, and different astounding deeds effected by means of their neighborhood saints.
- St. Magnus of Orkney (The Northern World)
- Delivered: True Stories of Men and Women Who Turned from Porn to Purity
- The Gospel of John: Ignatius Catholic Study Bible, Revised Standard Version
- Hildegard of Bingen's Book of Divine Works: With Letters and Songs
- Pope Francis: The Struggle for the Soul of Catholicism
Extra resources for An Introduction to Catholicism (Introduction to Religion)
189) to the Apostle Peter. There may be problems with the litany of names recounted by Irenaeus, but it is clear that he believed there was a legitimate succession deriving from the Apostle Peter himself – a belief he probably picked up during his own sojourn in Rome. Irenaeus was clear on two points: The Roman church was founded on the martyred presence of the Apostles Paul and Peter, and Peter’s successors had a lineage. 3). That Peter and Paul had died in Rome and were buried there is an ancient tradition which has some compelling historical evidence behind it.
Known as the ad limina (literally, to the threshold) visit, it was a strategy designed to bind the local bishop to the See of Peter in Rome. Sixtus also reorganized the papal curia with distinct offices (known as dicasteries) each headed by a cardinal; these offices functioned as the managerial office of the papacy. It was this pope who fixed the number of cardinals at seventy, a number that would not be changed until the middle of the twentieth century. the seventeenth century Protestantism was, by the seventeenth century, a fact, and the papal reaction to that fact was a dialectical one: to demonstrate to the world that the Catholic Church was vigorous and dynamic on the one hand and to enforce Catholic orthodoxy through the use of suppression on the other.
He resigned the papacy after less than six months in office but was held a virtual prisoner in a town south of Rome where he died in 1296. ” His successor, Boniface VIII, in fact, had encouraged the papal resignation. ” Wildly devoted to enriching himself and his family, personally pugnacious and vindictive, he was not without gifts. To him we owe a great deal in the area of the codification of Church law and in the founding of a university in Rome, and he was the first pope to call a jubilee year in Rome (in 1300), which attracted vast hordes of pilgrims as happens even up to our own day.