The Catholicism Answer Book

The 300 Most Frequently Asked Questions

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Author: Kenneth Kenneth Brighenti,John John Trigilio, Jr.

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 1402232292

Category: Religion

Page: 320

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As religion continues to dominate the news, politics and society in general, more and more laypeople are looking for a reliable guide to understanding the beliefs and practices of each faith. The Roman Catholic Church-the largest branch of Christianity-claims a total of 1.086 billion baptized members around the globe and has been revered by millions of followers for thousands of years. Why? The Catholicism Answer Book answers 300 pivotal questions about one of the world's oldest religions. From the basic tenets of Christianity to the differences between a Catholic Bible and a Protestant Bible, readers can round out their knowledge on such inquiries as: --What are the "lost" or "missing" books of the Bible? --Why does it seem like Catholics worship Mary? --What are the Last Things? --Why confess to a priest when I can go directly to God?

Catholicism For Dummies

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Author: Rev. John Trigilio, Jr.,Rev. Kenneth Brighenti

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119295629

Category: Religion

Page: 456

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A comprehensive and definitive guide to the Catholic faith Whether you're a member of the faith or just interested in it, Catholicism For Dummies, 3rd Edition offers a casual, straightforward introduction to the ins and outs of the contemporary church. It explores the moral foundations of Catholicism and explains such sacraments as weddings, Baptisms, funerals, Confirmations, and First Communions. It also covers the basics of Catholic belief, including the story of creation, the origin of sin, and even the end of the world. New to this edition, the book covers the succession of Pope Francis, the "People's Pope," whose message of reconciliation among religions and focus on social issues like poverty and inequality have made him immensely popular, even among non-Catholics. Explains where the church and the Pope stand on important moral and social issues Covers modern questions of moral importance to Catholics, like gay marriage, abortion, and the death penalty Reveals what modern life is like in the priesthood Written by the co-hosts of the popular weekly television program "Crash Course of Catholicism" In this accessible guide, you'll take a full and rich look at this diverse and vibrant religion and understand what it is to be a Catholic today.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Catholic Catechism

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Author: David I. Fulton, STD, JCD,Mary DeTurris Poust

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440636583

Category: Religion

Page: 336

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Operating instructions for being a Catholic. The Catechism is an amazing collection of Church teachings and rules that cover everything from the basics, like honoring God, to more unusual subjects, such as paying just wages and respecting animals. Perfect for students, lay teachers, Catholics, and readers of other faiths, this guide is the key to understanding the daily life of Catholics and gives readers an appreciation for what Catholics believe. ? Provides information and explanations without a conservative or liberal slant ? Co-author is a clergyperson expert on the teachings of the Catechism ? Companion volume to The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Understanding Catholicism, Third Edition

Waking Up Catholic

A Guide to Catholic Beliefs for Converts, Reverts, and Anyone Becoming Catholic

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Author: Chad R. Torgerson

Publisher: Assisi Media

ISBN: 0989531902

Category: Theology, Doctrinal

Page: 154

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Are you new to Catholicism and become a recent "Catholic convert"? Did you grow up Catholic and return as a "Catholic revert"? Are you interested in "becoming Catholic" for the first time? If you want to learn more about basic Catholic beliefs, Waking Up Catholic: A Guide to Catholic Beliefs for Converts, Reverts, and Anyone Becoming Catholic is the book for you. The depth of Catholic theology is one of its greatest beauties, but understanding it can be one of its greatest challenges. You have questions. Waking Up Catholic has answers. Learn about: How does Catholic Tradition fit in with Scripture? Why do we have a pope? Do Catholics "really" worship Mary? Why do Catholics pray to saints? Is Holy Communion just a symbol of Christ? What is the purpose of Confession? Do repetitious Catholic prayers really work? And more... Waking Up Catholic answers these questions, and more, from the perspective of someone who converted to Catholicism himself. Waking Up Catholic may be the first Catholic book you've ever read, but after you're done, it won't be the last.

The Catholic Catechism

A Contemporary Catechism of the Teachings of the Catholic Church

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Author: John Hardon

Publisher: Image

ISBN: 0307779580

Category: Religion

Page: 624

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"This volume is intended to meet a widely felt need for an up-to-date and concise source book on the principal teachings of the Catholic Church. Since the close of the Second Vatican Council, there has been such an accumulation of ecclesiastical constitutions and decrees and so many changes they introduced in Catholic practice that few people have been able to keep up with all that has happened... A parallel purpose of this volume is to offer those who use it a handy guidebook of the Catholic tradition, whether formally documented in ecclesiastical sources or implicitly accepted by the faithful under the aegis of the Church's hierarchial leaders. "The method followed in presenting the Church's doctrine is a combination of history and logic. Doctrines are placed into a historical framework by tracing their origins to the Old and New Testaments and placing their development within the context of persons, places, and times. The doctrine thus becomes more intelligible because it is viewed in the setting of its vital growth over the centuries. "The intended reading audience of this Catholic catechism are all those priests, religious and laity, and above all parents and teachers, who are looking for a concise statement of the faith they profess, the conduct they practice, and the worship they give to the Lord." --From The Catholic Catechism by John A. Hardon, S.J.

Catholic Answers to Catholic Questions

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Author: Paul Thigpen,Ray Ryland,Francis Hoffman

Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor

ISBN: 1612781934

Category: Religion

Page: 248

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Why do Catholics pray for the dead? ... Is there humor in the Bible? ... Is Purgatory painful? ... Is there a dispensation for missing Mass when traveling? ... Can human beings become angels after they die? ... Why is the color blue associated with Our Lady? ... Was the Catholic Church the first one to say no to contraceptives? Over 2,000 years of tradition can lead to many questions and misunderstandings about the Catholic Faith. You are not alone if you are confused, curious, or wish to have an answer for challenging questions others may confront you with. Catholic Answers to Catholic Questions provides solid answers to hundreds of common questions asked by people just like you -- questions both big and small regarding doctrine, history, morality, the pope, saints, the sacraments, the Mass, prayer, Scripture, and much more. Be more confident in your faith. Allow the "why" to enhance the "what" you do as a Catholic. Make better decisions. Be more prepared to pass on your faith to others. Feed your curiosity. Solidify your beliefs. Author, theology professor, and Catholic apologist Paul Thigpen ensures the answers are not only rock-solid, but also pastoral in their approach and written in everyday, relevant language. He considers questions from real people to reveal the vast breadth and depth of our Catholic teachings.

Catholic Answers to Protestant Questions

The Concise Summa of Catholic Apologetics

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Author: John Pasquini

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595277101

Category: Religion

Page: 126

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Catholic Answers to Protestant Questions is a must read for those seeking to grow in their Catholic identity. Here are just a few of the questions that are covered in this book: Where did the Bible come from? Was Christ or Constantine the founder of the Catholic Church? Was Peter the first Pope? What do Catholics mean by being "born again" and why do they baptize children? Where do Catholics find the seven sacraments in the Bible? Why do Catholics believe in the Eucharist as the Body and Blood of Christ? Why do we need a priest to forgive serious sins? What are indulgences and why are they needed? Where can we find a priest being referred to as "Father" in the Bible? Do Catholics worship saints? What is the communion of saints? Is Mary the Mother of God? Did Jesus have brothers and sisters? Was Mary assumed into heaven? Is there a purgatory? Is there a rapture? Is salvation assured? Are we justified by faith alone, or by faith and works? Do Catholics practice idol worship?

Why Do Catholics Do That?

A Guide to the Teachings and Practices of the Catholic Church

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Author: Kevin Orlin Johnson

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0307803449

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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In Why Do Catholics Do That? renowned scholar and religion columnist Kevin Orlin Johnson answers the most frequently asked questions on Catholic faith, worship, culture, and customs, including: * How the Church Makes Laws * The Hard-Fought Genesis of the New Testament * The Cycle of Redemption * A Short Guide to the Meaning and Structure of the Mass * Decoding Symbols of Scripture and the Sacraments * The Calendar as the Image of Christ's Life * The Rosary * The Stations of the Cross * Monks, Nuns, and the Rules That Guide Them * The Pope * The Laity in the Modern World * Saints * Fatima, Lourdes, and the Story of Apparitions * The Vatican: A Holy City * The Sign of the Cross, Christianity's Best-Known Symbol * Candles in Prayer and Liturgy * The Meaning of the Nativity Scene Blending religious history, a deep appreciation for art and culture, and an enlightened reverence for the traditions of the Church, Why Do Catholics Do That? is the definitive resource for any one who wants to learn more about the rituals, symbols, and traditions that can strengthen our faith every day. "Johnson offers lucid explanations of a dizzying array of customs and beliefs." --Publishers Weekly From the Trade Paperback edition.

Saints For Dummies

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Author: Rev. John Trigilio, Jr.,Rev. Kenneth Brighenti

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470606919

Category: Religion

Page: 384

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An in-depth resource that separates fact from myth about the lives of saints Saints For Dummies offers information on famous saints (both men and women) from the Eastern Orthodox, Protestant, and Catholic traditions. With a historical biography on each saint including information on what they are known for, what they did in life to achieve sainthood, and how readers can pray to them in time of need. This easy-to-understand guide reveals that most saints were very common, ordinary, and imperfect human beings with faults and foibles who overcame their shortcomings to become figures of great spiritual and historical significance. You get a unique glimpse into the lives and the character traits of these righteous men and women, as well as future pending saints. Explains which saints are invoked for specific situations Rev. John Trigilio and Rev. Kenneth Brighenti are the coauthors of Catholicism For Dummies, Women in the Bible For Dummies and John Paul II For Dummies Whether you're a scholar or just curious about the topic, Saints For Dummies will have you intrigued and informed from the first page.

Catholic Mass For Dummies

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Author: John Trigilio, Jr.,Rev. Kenneth Brighenti,James Cafone

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470767863

Category: Philosophy

Page: 272

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Provides a step-by-step overview of the Catholic Mass and its history and meaning as a central form of worship, and discusses the meaning of the events, symbols, themes and language used during the service for Sunday Mass, weddings, funerals and holidays. Original.

Catholicism All-In-One For Dummies

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Author: Dummies

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119084709

Category: Religion

Page: 624

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Grasp the beliefs and practices about one of the world's oldest religions Catholicism All-In-One For Dummies is your all-inclusive guide to the Catholic Church and its billions of followers. You'll learn how Catholicism came to be, how it's practiced, and where it stands socially and politically as you explore the rich history and diverse culture surrounding this major religion. Clear, friendly writing takes you inside a mass to understand what happens there, and walks you through a tour of the saints, holidays, the Bible, and the Vatican. Special coverage includes the role of women in the Church and in the Bible, and the tremendous popularity of Pope Francis, who has quickly become one of the Vatican's most-loved leaders. You'll dive into the beliefs and practices of Catholicism and get answers to the most common, confusing, controversial, and worrisome questions. Catholicism is quickly expanding beyond its 1.2 billion followers, with growing numbers of priests and new baptisms every year. Attendance at papal events has tripled to 6.6 million since Pope Francis' election in 2013, and Catholicism has become the largest religious denomination on the planet by a wide margin. This book explains what makes Catholicism so alluring, giving you insight into the religion and everything it entails. Discover the complicated history of the Catholic church Understand what goes on at mass, and why Learn where the Church stands on important issues Explore Pope Francis's unprecedented popularity across cultures The Catholic Church has been reinvigorated and revitalized with the enthusiasm surrounding Pope Francis, and his openness to the world and everyone in it. If your curiosity has been piqued, Catholicism All-In-One For Dummies is the ideal guide to learning what it's all about.

The Catholic Source Book

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Author: Peter Klein

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Religion

ISBN: 9780159506530

Category: Religion

Page: 540

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Table of contents includes: Prayers, An overview of the tradition, Scripture, Church, Liturgy, The Liturgical year, Devotions in Catholic tradition, Veneration of saints and heroes, Catholic symbols, Word and phrase origins.

The Catholic Church has the Answer

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Author: Paul Whitcomb

Publisher: TAN Books

ISBN: 1505106923

Category: Religion

Page: 64

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A follow-up to Confession of a Roman Catholic. This book provides the answers to 34 questions commonly asked about the Church. One of our most popular booklets. Great for evangelization and instruction.

The Catholic Source Book

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Author: Harcourt Religion Publishers

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Religion

ISBN: 9780159018835

Category: Religion

Page: 508

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A collection of prayers and information to help learn, renew, teach and live the risen life of Jesus Christ in the Catholic Church.

The End-Of-The-World Delusion

How Doomsayers Endanger Society

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Author: Justin Deering

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781475913538

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 172

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The End-of-the-World Delusion is a well-written, thoroughly researched, and very readable book. Deerings lively narrative makes complex and complicated topics accessible to the average reader. He certainly pulled me into his book despite my cynical view of the topic. Deering offers the reader riveting histories of end-of-the world beliefs and covers an extraordinary array of ground in this well-researched book, discussing everything from the Mayan end-of-times predictions, Christian rapture beliefs, pandemics, economic doomsday scenarios, and other apocalyptic predictions. Robert Watson, PhD, author/editor of thirty-four books, including The Presidents Wives and Americas War on Terror People from many different corners of civilization seem to be saying the same thing: the end is near. In The End-of-the-World Delusion, author Justin Deering explores such scenarios, discussing why they are not likely to occur or have any visible impact on this planet within our lifetime. Providing a thorough analysis, Deering chronicles the numerous instances of such predictions throughout history, examines frequent religious and cultural sources of these end-of-world claims, analyzes the sociological and psychological dynamics and dangers, and outlines other forms of end-times beliefs, ranging from religious to pop culture in nature. The End-of-the-World Delusion provides concrete information that helps evaluate these dubious assertions, relates how such beliefs have harmed individuals and society, and talks about why people are inclined to nurture such beliefs in the first place. Setting the record straight by detailing the history of failed doomsdays, Deering shows that nothing can be gained by worrying about the end of time, and that we must learn a lesson from the past, live in the present, and plan for the future.

The Everything Bible Book

From Genesis to Revelation, All You Need to Understand the Old and New Testaments

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Author: John Trigilio,Kenneth Brighenti

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1605505005

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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From Genesis to Revelation – all you need to understand the Old and New Testaments For centuries, the Bible has served as a moral compass and a source of God’s word. Packed with stories of mystery, intrigue, and inspiration, the Bible is also valued as sacred literature. Unfortunately, disjointed narratives, confusing language, and an innumerable cast of characters can make reading the Bible a challenge for many people. The Everything® Bible Book is a lucid and richly detailed guide to the history, literature, stories, parables, and personalities of both the Old and New Testaments. From Genesis to Revelations, Abraham to Paul, this book covers the various theories on the origins of the Bible, compares the different editions, and describes in detail the Bible’s culture and times. This highly accessible book also includes information on: All the books of the Bible and their content The various translations and versions Interpretations of the Bible through the ages Comparisons of the gospels A book-by-book reading plan Filled with easy-to-follow information and fascinating historical perspective, The Everything® Bible Book is the perfect resource for anyone who wants to unravel and understand the complex mysteries of the Good Book but is intimidated by the prospect.

Media Perspectives on Intelligent Design and Evolution

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Author: Mark Paxton

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313380651

Category: Science

Page: 198

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This nonideological analysis of the debate regarding intelligent design and evolution reveals the intentional distortions and unseen influences of modern media that skew the public's view of world events and controversial issues. • Provides brief biographical profiles on some of the key individuals in the debate regarding evolution and intelligent design, including philosopher William Dembski of Seattle's Discovery Institute and former Harvard paleontologist Stephen J. Gould • Presents primary documents and photographs that support the text, as well as a timeline of the intelligent design–evolution debate • Includes an annotated bibliography for suggestions on further reading

To Change the Church

Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism

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Author: Ross Douthat

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501146947

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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A New York Times columnist and one of America’s leading conservative thinkers considers Pope Francis’s efforts to change the church he governs. Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in 1936, today Pope Francis is the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Francis’s stewardship of the Church, while perceived as a revelation by many, has provoked division throughout the world. “If a conclave were to be held today,” one Roman source told The New Yorker, “Francis would be lucky to get ten votes.” In To Change the Church, Douthat explains why the particular debate Francis has opened—over communion for the divorced and the remarried—is so dangerous: How it cuts to the heart of the larger argument over how Christianity should respond to the sexual revolution and modernity itself, how it promises or threatens to separate the church from its own deep past, and how it divides Catholicism along geographical and cultural lines. Douthat argues that the Francis era is a crucial experiment for all of Western civilization, which is facing resurgent external enemies (from ISIS to Putin) even as it struggles with its own internal divisions, its decadence, and self-doubt. Whether Francis or his critics are right won’t just determine whether he ends up as a hero or a tragic figure for Catholics. It will determine whether he’s a hero, or a gambler who’s betraying both his church and his civilization into the hands of its enemies.

Exploring the Catholic Church

An Introduction to Catholic Teaching and Practice

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Author: Marcellino D'Ambrosio

Publisher: Franciscan Media

ISBN: 9781569553015

Category: Religion

Page: 137

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Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio, one of the Church's best popular teachers, gives readable and inspiring explanations of Catholic teaching and practice. Exploring the Catholic Church is the perfect starter book for seekers and inquirers, for candidates in the RCIA, and for Catholics who just want to refresh their faith and practice. A Servant Book.