Catholicism For Dummies

Catholicism For Dummies

by John Trigilio Jr., Kenneth Brighenti


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ISBN-13: 9781119295600
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/10/2017
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 107,890
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Rev. John Trigilio Jr., PhD, ThD, is President of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy and is Executive Editor of Sapienta magazine.
Rev. Kenneth Brighenti, PhD, has served on the Board of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy and is a former U.S. Naval Reserve chaplain. Fathers Trigilio and Brighenti are also coauthors of Catholicism All-in-One For Dummies.

Table of Contents


Part I: Getting Familiar with the Basics.

Chapter 1: What It Means to Be Catholic.

Chapter 2: Who’s Who in the Catholic Church.

Part II: Understanding All Those Beliefs.

Chapter 3: Ya Gotta Have Faith.

Chapter 4: Believing in Jesus.

Chapter 5: Worshipping Catholic Style.

Chapter 6: The Sacraments of Initiation.

Chapter 7: The Sacraments of Community and Mercy.

Chapter 8: Celebrating the Catholic Mass.

Part III: Behaving Like a Saint.

Chapter 9: Catholic Law 101.

Chapter 10: Loving and Honoring: The Ten Commandments.

Chapter 11: Being Good When Sinning Is So Easy.

Chapter 12: The Church’s Stand on Some Sticky Issues.

Part IV: Practicing Catholicism through Devotions.

Chapter 13: Showing Your Love for God.

Chapter 14: Expressing Affection for Mary.

Chapter 15: Calling on the Canonized.

Chapter 16: Catholic Traditions.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 17: Ten Famous Catholics.

Chapter 18: Ten Popular Catholic Saints.

Chapter 19: Ten Popular Catholic Places.

Part VI: Appendixes.

Appendix A: A Brief History of Catholicism.

Appendix B: Fun Facts for the Faithful.


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Catholicism For Dummies 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Deacon-n-spouse More than 1 year ago
My husband and I have gone through various programs and courses of formation and study including a Ministry Formation program and his studies to prepare him for his ordination as a Deacon. There was a lot of tedious reading. This book is not tedious and gives a good brush up for Catholics, but we also use it to instruct RCIA Candidates and Catechumens who may not have read much about what the Catholic Church teaches. It certainly is not the Catholic Faith in its entirety and in detail, but there is enough information there to give those new to the faith a very solid base, and to give accurate and adequate information on the Catholic faith to those inquiring about what the Church really teaches or to those who are seeking to become Catholic. We find it a good springboard for deeper study and great for discussion in our classes. We have bought and given many copies, and will probably continue to do so.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I noticed that the reviews of this book were written by Catholics (I'm assuming), so as a Protestant (raised in the Evangelical church) I thought I'd offer my comments on it. I've had a strong interest in Catholicism since my teens (I'm in college now), and this is one of the best and most complete books I've read on the Catholic faith. The authors explain everything in clear english and its style is not too sophisticated for common people, nor is it too simple for scholars. I enjoyed that the authors compare and contrast Catholic doctrines and Protestant doctrines. The authors also treat Orthodox and Protestant groups with respect and seem to want to promote unity among the devided Christian churches. I like the Dummies books verses the Complete Idiot books because there are less side bars to distract the reader and words are defined in the text rather than in a side bar or glossery. However, one feature of the Complete idiot books that I liked was that they sum up the main points of the chapter at the end of the chaper. I would also of liked this book to provide a recommended reading list or an index of places to get more information in Catholicism. But all of those faults can be easily forgiven. This is a excellent resource for those who want to know anything and everything about Catholicism. The book is arranged so that you can start at any section and not be confused (although, if you read it straight through, you will probably grow weary of constant repetitions and references to other chapters)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All you want to know and in short simple sections
Cowboy_Andy More than 1 year ago
Concise representation of Catholic teaching in common language. Some great examples. Much easier to read than the Catechism, but consistent with that, and includes references to it. We use it for RCIA classes, and though I'm one of the Catechists, I find this book clarifies what is sometimes vague in my own understanding. Highly recommended for any Catholic, and anyone else who wants to understand Catholic teaching. If more people read this, there would be very few who find offense at what the Church teaches.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My mother refered this to me when I said I was interested in the catholic church. All I can say is mother does know best. A easy to read and understand book that helped me start my journey with a good overview.
bigwindy More than 1 year ago
Great for answering questions for a non-Catholic who wants to know why the church does things in such a distinct way. Explains the meanings and dispels myths about many Catholic misconceptions to include, sacraments, rituals, Mary, the Apostles and the origination of the Catholic faith and reasons that led to protestant splits. For a Catholic who feels their education is lacking, it explores many things not covered in contemporary Catholic schools. This includes the history of the Church, its hierarchy, and many failings and differences in the Catholic Bible
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy to use for beginners searching for answers in Catholicism. I think the title is condescending for the subject, but the "Dummy" series have been very popular for introductions of various subjects. This book, which I probably would not have purchased, was actually recommended to me by Sister Donna. It does not give you all the answers, but it does give you brief ones with maybe a direction to keep researching in. There is humor added to it, so it's not too dry. I haven't read it page by page, but if there is a something I am questioning or need an answer to, it does help summerize it on a surface level. This is not by any means a meaty book with all the answers. It does, however, canvas a lot of information on Catholicism. It's a good intro. book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found CFD to be faithful to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which is neither conservative nor liberal, neither republican nor democrat, and neither American nor European. The bias and heterodoxy found in other versions ('The Complete Idiots Guide to Catholicism' and 'The Everything Catholicism Book') is absent in 'Catholicism For Dummies.' I am Canadian and I found the book to be wonderful even though I may not share a 'right-wing American' political ideology. Besides the down-to-earth approach in explaining the doctrines, liturgy, morality et al. of the Catholic faith, the authors also have a great mini-history of the Church in the appendix which I found fascinating. The 10 famous Catholics, 10 favorite saints and 10 places Catholics visit were equally enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SO much better than Catholicism for Idiots, which should be avoided COMPLETELY!  Catholicism for Dummies, on the other hand, is not only a true rendition of the teaching of the Church, but it is done in a fun, interesting, and highly readable style.  Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is nothing "dumb" or demeaning in this clearly written and well-organized book. It tells much about the faith with good examples and clear intent.
Monica Chwojdak More than 1 year ago
Easy to read and great explanations and descriptions of the Catholic christian faith. Highly recommended, and not just to 'dummies'. : )
sheila0405 More than 1 year ago
Whatever you want to know about Catholicism is found in this book. Easy to read, with concrete examples. The difference between dogma and discipline, the priest sex scandal, the history of the Church, and clear explanations of the Sacraments makes this a winner. Whether you want to know more about your Catholic faith, or are a non-Catholic looking for answers, this is the book for you. We used this in my parish's RCIA classes with great success.
Ameliakaye More than 1 year ago
This is a great resource for everyone who has a question about the Catholic faith. This book provides great insight into the Catholic faith.
Valgardena More than 1 year ago
It may be called "Catholicism for Dummies", but there is nothing dumb about this book. It gives a very clear and concise survey of the Catholic faith. As one who has a Master's Degree in Divinity and who is called on regularly to instruct people in the truths of the Catholic faith, I invariably use "Catholicism for Dummies." It is readable and very "user friendly." It presents Church doctrine in clear and concise terms. I give it my highest recommendation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My grand daughter just started at a Catholic School. This book has been very helpful to her especially since she had not had the experience of growing up as a Catholic.
bluegirl24 More than 1 year ago
We use this book for our adult classes for those who wish to become Catholic. It is very accurate and true to Church teachings. It is not at all dry, there are excellent anecdotes and "charms" throughout the book. Faithful practicing Catholics find it to be an excellent refresher. Packed with interesting information, history, tradition and why we do what we do as Catholics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Catholicism for Dummies is a great book for those interested in learning more about the Catholic faith. It is easy to read and very informative. I often did not want to put the book down; quite an odd reaction for a book of this nature! The book answered all of the major questions I had about Catholocism. I even started attending RCIA classes soon after finishing Catholicism for Dummies. It has provided me with a great background on which to build my knowledge of and faith in the Catholic Church.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great for someone new to the faith as well as someone who is returning after a time of separation. Well thought out explanations of the basics of the faith in terms even this dummy could understand ;) The authors also give great history references of the Catholic Church and where some of the traditions and rituals come from. It's a great springboard for anyone who wants to delve deeper into the Catholic faith.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has been very helpful to me and quite a few of my friends. This book is accurate and easy to read. If you grew up anytime after the 60's your faith formation was questionable at best with all of the "feel good" faith influence. This book taught me so many things that 4 years of Catholic grade school, 4 years of CCD and 4 years of Catholic college classes never taught me about my faith. After reading this I discovered how so many people are uninformed about their faith.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very well written and easy to understand.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am always on the lookout for resources that will assist me in learning about my own Catholic faith and in sharing that faith with my children, family and friends. I find this book an excellent resource for both my own research and for teaching the faith in a straightforward manner. Written in a concise, organized fashion, the book offers practical information on all of the most basic elements of Catholicism, including - but not limited to - the Four Marks of the Church (One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic), the structure of the Church, basic beliefs, worship types, the Sacraments, the Mass, and much more. Timely issues of concern (and sometimes controversy) to all Catholics are discussed. I found especially enjoyable the 'Part of Tens' which relates the stories of remarkable Catholic role models and landmarks. The two appendices, one detailing the popes and a second outlining a brief history of the Church, are helpful additions. Buy this book for your own Catholic library, or as a gift for a friend interested in exploring our Catholic faith.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wish I had this book before I converted to the Catholic faith, it would have saved me time looking for answers to questions I had about Catholicism. This book would be a great book for all RCIA classes. After becoming Catholic, there were many parts of the faith I still did not understand such as the difference between a sermon and a homily or why a novena is nine days. What does the communion of saints mean? My favorite part of the book, was the section on the 'Part of Tens.' This section talked about ten popular saints, ten famous Catholics, and ten popular Catholic places. Easy to read small sections, makes this book easy to put down and read more at a later time. Everyone needs to read the brief history of Catholicism. The history is brief but gives enough detail to understand. If any Christian read and understood Catholicism's history, they would have to become Catholic or deny Christ's true Church on earth today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This work makes an excellent and handy reference. So often today works of this nature are extremely unorthodox. Not this one. The author does a fine job of following the teachings of the Catholic Church in a very user-friendly format. Far better than that other work out there with a similiar name... This book would be extremely useful for anyone in a CCD or RCIA program within the Catholic Church.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Catholicism for Dummies' is a must read for all non-Catholics curious about the 2,000 year old religion, steeped in ritual, tradition and institution. It is also a great informal textbook for High School religion, CCD, RCIA or adult education classes in the typical American parish. Though written for non-Catholics, I found this book to be superb review and an excellent resource to introduce cradle Catholics as well as converts to the universal Catechism. Unlike some other contemporary books on Catholicism, this one is orthodox (faithful to the Magistgerium), and yet not intimidating. It teaches without diluting the content of Catholic doctrine; it explains the sacraments, spirituality, canon law and other structural, moral as well as dogmatic areas of Catholicism yet never insults the intelligence of the reader. I highly recommend it to grandparents and godparents to give as gifts and for parents to refresh themselves and help them as primary teachers of their children to reinforce the faith at home as well as at school and CCD. I recommend it to college students before they get indoctrinated and brainwashed in so-called and alleged 'Catholic' colleged and universities.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing 8 months ago
First sentence:Being Catholic means living a totally Christian life and having a Catholic perspective.Reason for Reading: I bought this book when I decided to convert to Catholicism last year. I never did read it but used the index frequently, looking up topics, especially during RCIA classes and now that I've been Catholic since last Easter I've decided to devote some time to reading about my religion and thought this would be a great place to start.Comments: This book is a great big overview of what it means to be Catholic from the basics, to the rituals, to the Sacraments, to the most sacred beliefs, to the most misunderstood traditions and ends with brief bios of famous Catholics and Saints and a whirlwind history of the Church. Chockful of all sorts of information! Written in a easy going narrative, open to any level of reader, even when the topics take a turn towards the theological easy everyday analogies are made to reach the understanding of the layperson. The authors also have a sense of humour which turns up every now and then causing a smile and each Part is started with a Rich Tennant "The 5th Wave" comic.A blurb on the front states the book is for "all ages and beliefs", but honestly I don't think this is the type of book that just anyone would want to pick up and read for the fun of it. While it does cover basic Catholic believes it also does get quite deep into Catholicism and controversial subjects and is written from the point of view of Catholics, thus, that the truth is being presented. So, if you have no real interest in the Catholic faith this book will not be of use to you. However, it is the perfect book for someone who is considering converting, someone already taking RCIA classes, a new convert or someone who has a close friend or family member who either is Catholic or is converting and you seriously want to understand their faith and finally I would also recommend the book for cradle Catholics who have left the Church and are returning or thinking of returning, as a refresher.Personally, I read a lot of things I already knew. I also finally saw the light on several subjects that I never truly really understood before such as why exactly the real *need* for infant baptisms among others and while I've always believed in purgatory (even as a Protestant {gasp}! now I *really* get it). I discovered many new things, particularly concerning the history of the Church. We don't learn this in RCIA and they certainly don't teach it in public education. Truly fascinating stuff! Not only the history of the Church but the history of the Sacraments themselves and the traditions that come straight from Jesus and the disciples. One of the most fascinating things I learned of was the Incorruptibles which I've been googling ever since and will certainly read more about later on.The only negative remark I have is that this book was printed in 2003. I bought my book last year (2008) and received the 10th printing. It's certainly more than time to update to a 2nd edition as there are many instances in the text that could do with updating and of course Pope Benedict XVI needs to be included.Now that I'm finished with this book I am left with many page corners dog-eared because they reference topics or writers that I want to read about in the future, a short list of theological questions that I'll be taking to my priest and a great desire to continue reading. Highly recommended for that "first" book you pick up on Catholicism.