The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Popes and the Papacy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780028642901
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 When in Rome ... 1
1 Roman Catholicism 101 3
What Is the Roman Catholic Church? 3
What Do Roman Catholics Believe? 4
What Is Transubstantiation? 7
What Is Purgatory? 7
Why Do Catholics Go to Confession? 10
Do Catholics Worship the Virgin Mary? 10
What Is a Catechism? 11
2 The Papacy: Nuts and Bolts 15
The Hierarchy 15
How Popes Are Chosen 16
Papal Authority Within the Church 17
Papal Messages 19
The Papacy Through the Centuries 19
The Papacy: A Timeline 20
An Enduring Institution 23
3 Prophecies and Portents? 25
Was St. Malachy a Real Person? 26
The Authorship Question 27
Prophecies of Malachy That Attracted Early Notice 28
The Scoffers Have Their Say 30
Selected Prophecies of Malachy Relating to Popes Reigning After 1559 30
Then What? 33
The Last Word 34
4 Ten to Remember: Popes Who Made a Difference 37
The Right Men at the Right Time 38
5 Ten to Forget: Popes Who Shouldn't Have Been 47
Beyond the "Bad Popes" Label 47
Out of His Depth: Vigilius Overreaches 48
Money, Money: Sabinian Takes the Low Road 49
Dirty Business: Sergius III 49
The "Popess" Who Wasn't 50
Bad Beginnings and Bad Ends: John XII 51
Qualification Issues: John XIX 51
Devoted to Pleasure: Benedict IX 51
Why Did I Take This Job, Anyway?: Celestine V 52
Philip's Pawn: Clement V 53
The Matchmaker: Innocent VIII 53
Family Man: Alexander VI 54
So What's the Lesson Here? 55
Part 2 The Ascent of Christianity 57
6 The Rock: Peter and His Immediate Successors 59
Warning: Conjecture Ahead 59
The Early Years 60
Why Rome? 60
Who Was St. Peter? 62
After Pentecost 63
A Tough Act to Follow 64
Rome, a Century After Christ 66
7 Tough Times: Persecution and Challenge in the Early Church 69
The Saints Come Marching In 69
Doctrinal and Other Challenges 70
Why the Hard Line on Heresy? 72
A Conflict over Easter 73
Dark Times 74
8 "In This Sign Shall You Conquer" 77
A New Kind of Emperor 79
After the Council at Nicaea 81
Rome Drifts Toward Chaos 82
Leo I 83
A Time of Change 84
9 Rome Reemerges 87
The Western Empire Disintegrates 88
Finally--a Man Big Enough for the Job 93
After Gregory 95
Honorius Launches an Argument 95
Half a Century of Squabbling Concludes 97
Turbulent Times 97
10 Willing Spirits, Weak Flesh, and Fresh Division 103
After Leo III 104
Conflict and Trial 105
Blood and Scandal 106
"Family Drama" Continues 109
Otto Takes Charge 110
The New Millennium Dawns 111
The Tusculanis Assume Power ... for a While 112
A Great Reformer, a Formal Break 113
Part 3 Consolidation and Challenge 115
11 As Far as to the Sepulchre of Christ 117
After the Breach--Business as Usual 119
The Papacy Takes a Stand 120
A Pope Willing to Make the Most of an Imperial Leadership Crisis 127
12 Who's Who? The Avignon Popes and the Council of Constance 131
Stability in the Top Spot ... Not! 132
The Avignon Popes 134
Who's in Charge? 137
The Costs of the Great Schism 139
13 Showdown with the Council 141
A New View of the Papacy? 142
The Pope and the Council, Continued 144
After the Council 145
Business as Usual 147
Sixtus IV's Two Legacies 147
Tensions Build 149
14 The Earthquake 151
Suspicion and Corruption 152
After Alexander 153
A Challenge in Germany 154
15 Rift and Reformations 161
Welcome to Chaos, Your Holiness 162
The Man Who Knew What to Do 164
And Then There Was Paul 165
Pius Picks Up the Pieces 167
Part 4 After Trent 171
16 Building a New Church 173
A Matter of Principle 173
The Times, They Are a-Changin' 176
The One They Remember 177
A Break in the Action 178
Leadership at Last 179
A Well-Known Family, a Brief Pontificate 180
Fresh Turmoil Looms 180
17 An Unfamiliar World 183
Ballots and Missions 183
The Unconsulted Pope 187
Troubles with the French King 189
A Pope for the World Stage 189
More Trouble with the French 190
The Old Century Wanes 191
A New Era 191
18 Showdown with the Monarchs 193
"Sufficient Qualifications" 194
"No Longer of This World" 197
Reform in the Abstract 198
The Pope Who Refused Confession 198
The Brilliant Benedict 199
19 Victory by Defeat 203
Clement Under Fire 204
Pius VI Struggles for His Footing 205
Pius VII: Humiliation and Triumph 207
"Will You Elect a Skeleton?" 211
The Traditionalist 212
Part 5 From Potentate to Pastor 215
20 Three Men and the Modern World 217
In for the Long Term 217
After Pius IX 223
The Pope Takes a Stand Against Modernism 224
Storms on the Horizon 226
21 The World in Flames 227
The Church and the Great War 228
"The Peace of Christ" 230
Pius and World War II 233
22 A New Wind Blows 237
Opening a Window: John XXIII 237
Paul Guides the Council 241
23 A Global Stage, an Enduring Mission: The Papacy in Our Time 247
The Superstar Pontificate 249
The Papacy, Old and New 254
24 Epilogue: In Their Own Words 257
The Ever-Quotable Popes 258
A The Popes in Sequence 269
B The Antipopes in Sequence 279
C Further Reading 281
Index 285
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