Why Do Catholics Genuflect?: And Answers to Other Puzzling Questions About the Catholic Church

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To encounter the Catholic Church is to discover a rich, complex heritage of Christian faith and practice. Why Do Catholics Genuflect? answers in clear, concise terms many of the most common questions asked about the Catholic faith. Why do Catholics make so much of Mary? Why do Catholics confess to a priest? Were Catholics ever forbidden to read the Bible? Aren't annulments just Catholic divorces? Non-Catholics, new Catholics, and even cradle Catholics will find here fresh insights into the Church's liturgy, ...
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Overview

To encounter the Catholic Church is to discover a rich, complex heritage of Christian faith and practice. Why Do Catholics Genuflect? answers in clear, concise terms many of the most common questions asked about the Catholic faith. Why do Catholics make so much of Mary? Why do Catholics confess to a priest? Were Catholics ever forbidden to read the Bible? Aren't annulments just Catholic divorces? Non-Catholics, new Catholics, and even cradle Catholics will find here fresh insights into the Church's liturgy, sacraments, hierarchy, and much more. A Servant Book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569552438
  • Publisher: Servant Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Pages: 206
  • Sales rank: 418,087
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Al Kresta is executive editor of the award-winning Catholic weekly newspaper Credo and general manager of the Ave Maria Radio Network. An enthusiastic convert and veteran broadcaster, he has fielded numerous questions about the Catholic faith from callers on his nationally syndicated radio talk show, Kresta in the Afternoon. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his wife, Sally, and their five children.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements and Dedications 9
Introduction 11
I. Catholics' Relationship to Other Believers 25
Are Catholics Christians? 26
What does the Catholic Church teach about non-Catholic Christians? 30
Why call yourselves "Catholic" instead of simply "Christian"? 33
II. Scripture and Tradition 35
What is Tradition? 36
Where can I find this Sacred Tradition in its fullness? 38
Can you give me an example of Sacred Tradition not contained in the Bible? 39
Why does the Catholic Bible have more books than the Protestant Bible? 42
Why do Catholics believe some doctrines that are not found in the Bible? 47
Were Catholics ever forbidden to read the Bible? Didn't the Church try to keep the Bible from the people during the Middle Ages? 50
III. Teaching Authority 55
What do you mean by apostolic succession? Does apostolic authority exist today? 56
Do Catholics believe the pope is the successor of Peter? 60
Do Catholics really think the pope is infallible? 66
How is a pope elected? 69
What is a papal encyclical? 71
Can a pope resign? 74
What is canon law? 75
What was Vatican II? 77
What is the Catechism of the Catholic Church? 81
IV. Salvation 83
Are Catholics trying to work their way to heaven? 84
Why do Catholics believe they can lose their salvation? 88
Do Catholics still believe in mortal sin? 94
Do Catholics still believe in purgatory? 98
V. Worship, Sacraments, and Sacramentals 103
Why seven sacraments? 104
Do Catholics really believe the Eucharist is literally the Body and Blood of Christ? 107
What are the parts of the Mass? 112
Why do Catholics confess to a priest? 117
Aren't all Christians priests? 122
Why are Catholic priests celibate? 125
Why do Catholics violate Jesus' teaching by calling priests "Father"? 130
Aren't annulments just Catholic divorces? 133
What are holy days of obligation? 138
What is holy water, and why do Catholics use it? 139
VI. Spirituality and Morality 141
What is a novena? 142
Why did the Church send people to hell for not eating fish on Fridays? 142
What are relics? 145
What does the Church teach about current apparitions of Jesus, Mary, and the saints? 149
How does the Church approve an apparition? 151
Why don't Catholics use artificial contraception? 153
Isn't Scripture silent on artificial contraception? 157
VII. Angels, Mary, and the Other Saints 161
What does the Catholic Church teach about angels? 162
Why do Catholics believe in guardian angels? 163
Why do Catholics make so much of Mary? 165
Do Catholics worship Mary and the other saints? 168
Why do Catholics call Mary the Mother of God? 170
What is the Immaculate Conception? 172
If Mary remained a virgin, then who are the people that the Scripture calls the "brothers" and "sisters" of the Lord? 176
Why do Catholics believe Mary didn't die? 181
Why pray to Mary and the other saints? 184
How can Mary and the other saints hear all those prayers? 189
A Final Challenge 191
Notes 193
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2002

    Why Do Catholics Genuflect?

    This book covers all sorts of topics just about everyone who deals witht he Catholic Church, either as a member or a distant observer, has wondered about. And it written in a very conversational way, as the author notes in his introduction, 'I've tried to avoid scholarly apparatus ...' Those who know of Al Kresta from his more than 15 years in talk radio (10 years as a Protestant, 5 years as a Catholic) will enjoy the book, and those who don't know of Mr. Kresta will certainly appreciate his ability to distill complex ideas to easy conversational nuggets. The book covers many topics in a question-and-answer format, with answers ranging in length from less than a page to a bit more than a page. Great reading. And a great gift for friends and relatives who could use an easy tool to improve their understanding of Catholicism.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2002

    Why Do Catholics Genuflect?

    Simplistic and understandable approach to comprehending the meaning of the visible issues related to the Catholic Church. Going back to the basic which will enable a Catholic to strengthen their confidence while beginning their evangelization journey for the Church.

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