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Yours Is the Church: How Catholicism Shapes Our World
     

Yours Is the Church: How Catholicism Shapes Our World

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by Mike Aquilina
 

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Yours Is the Church focuses on the key role the Catholic Church has played in culture, history, and science, detailing the many reasons we can be proud to be Catholic. While not skirting the issues and failures that have plagued the Church, the author’s goal is to inspire everyday Catholics to recognize the Church’s proactive role in

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Yours Is the Church focuses on the key role the Catholic Church has played in culture, history, and science, detailing the many reasons we can be proud to be Catholic. While not skirting the issues and failures that have plagued the Church, the author’s goal is to inspire everyday Catholics to recognize the Church’s proactive role in courageously preserving spiritual freedom and nourishing culture from its inception through the present day. Yours Is the Church is a breath of fresh air, sure to renew the confidence of Catholics everywhere.

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It is likely that Catholics need a boost of confidence in their church after the past several years of grappling with sex scandals and cover-ups. Aquilina, a popular Catholic writer and media host, attempts to offer his fellow believers a spiritual shot-in-the-arm by examining the extraordinary ways that Catholicism has contributed to the world throughout history. The author is well-versed in church history and addresses in a concise way a wide breadth of material in just a few pages. He asserts that Catholicism has made substantial strides in several areas, such as upholding the dignity of women and children, promoting advances in science, and advocating for the poor. The author also lauds the great body of literature, art, and music that the church has inspired. One message comes across loud and clear: the Catholic Church has faced its share of challenges and has been able to maintain a large body of devoted believers for two millennia. Catholics can draw hope from this remarkable resilience of the people of God through the centuries.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616364342
Publisher:
Franciscan Media
Publication date:
10/09/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author


MIKE AQUILINA is author or editor of more than thirty books on Catholic history, doctrine, and devotion. He has cohosted eight series for EWTN and is a frequent guest on Catholic radio. His publishing career spans almost three decades, and hundreds of his articles have appeared in periodicals in the United States and abroad. He is past editor of New Covenant magazine and The Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper. He blogs on early Christianity at FathersOfTheChurch.com

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Yours Is the Church: How Catholicism Shapes Our World 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Habakkuk More than 1 year ago
It is well written accurate and dispels many age old false myths
CarolBlank More than 1 year ago
Mike Aquilina introduces his latest book with some negative impressions of the Church expressed in today’s culture, goes on to remind us of the positive impact Catholics have had on the growth of civilization, and then reveals that this book is about something even bigger. “Everything about our modern world we think is good is there because of the Church,” he writes. The opening chapter is a review of civilization dating to the days of the declining Roman Empire, Constantine’s, establishing Christianity as the dominant religion, and the growth of literature and literacy through the rein of Charlemagne. The remaining chapters focus on the Church’s accomplishments in science, the arts, human dignity, and peace. In his final chapter, Aquilina addresses the future of the Church. He acknowledges decline in attendance and other problems the Church faces today in English-speaking countries and Western Europe, then hails rapid expansion in Africa and Asia. He acknowledges the damage done by clerical sexual abuse, then explains that priests are no more likely to be abusive than the general population, and patterns of abuse are difficult to find if they exist at all. In this area, Aquilina decries the instances where authorities covered up suspected and known abuse. In general, he states, the Church has survived severe scandals throughout her history including medieval popes who were political pawns and Renaissance popes who came from murderous families. He closes with the assertion that the Catholic Church is present and growing throughout the world and will continue to grow and learn, “always true to itself, and always faithful to the teachings of the apostles.”