This is a complete guide to the oldest institution in the Western world - the Catholic Church. Explore the essential beliefs and practices of the religion and delve into its long and fascinating history. From the significance of Rome and the importance of the Papacy, to current issues such as science, contraception and new movements within the faith, learn what it means to be Catholic today.
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Table of Contents
PART ONE: CATHOLICISM - THE BASICSCh 1 One, Holy, Catholic, ApostolicCh 2 Once a CatholicPART TWO: THE HISTORY OF CATHOLICISMCh 3 The roots of belief and practiceCh 4 Church and StateCh 5 Reformation and ReformPART THREE: PAPACY, AUTHORITY AND TRADITIONCh 6 The Church of RomeCh 7 Traditions and TeachingsPART FOUR: THE CHURCH IN THE MODERN WORLDCh 8 ‘Opening a Window on the World’Ch 9 Modernisation in PracticeCh 10 God and CaesarCh 11 ‘A Sign of Contradiction’Taking it further