The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Catholicism, 3rd Edition

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How can the Catholic Church be both hugely popular and widely scorned? How can it hold onto its ancient roots and be forever changing? This updated guide tells the story of being Catholic as Catholics themselves live their faith, every day of their lives. More than ever before, this edition speaks to ...

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Overview

What does it mean to be Catholic today?
Newly updated and revised.

How can the Catholic Church be both hugely popular and widely scorned? How can it hold onto its ancient roots and be forever changing? This updated guide tells the story of being Catholic as Catholics themselves live their faith, every day of their lives. More than ever before, this edition speaks to interested outsiders, non-clergy, and practicing Catholics, as well as to religious professionals and members of the clergy.

This book explores:
• The various stances within American Catholicism today
• Recent Catholic history, most notably, the death of John Paul II and the succession of Pope Benedict XVI
• The seven sacraments
• The present state of Catholic education, Catholic identity, and Catholic social teaching

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592575350
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2006
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob O'Gorman holds both a Master's degree and Ph.D. in religious education. He has published several books on U.S. Catholic history and education and teaches at the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola.
Mary Faulkner holds a Master's degree in religious education, is the director of the Institute of Integrated Healing Arts in Nashville, and is a psychotherapist in private practice.

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  • Posted March 22, 2010

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    I bought this book years ago and finally got around to reading it about six months ago. Even with as little as I knew about the Catholic faith, I knew something was off. Finally I saw so many contradictions between what I was learning from it and what I was learning from real Catholic sources that I tired of it and the simplistic way it talked down to the reader and put it down. It now holds up a wobbly end of a table, that's how little I think of it. I'm just glad to find some practical use of it.

    Do yourself a Big favor and get Catholicism for Dummies by Father John Trigilio and Father Kenneth Brighenti instead of this, it was extremely well written and very, very useful, I'm way ahead of the game in my RCIA classes now.

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