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Catholicism for Dummies (For Dummies)by John Trigilio
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There are more than one billion Catholics in the world, and each one has a similar set of basic beliefs and practices that he or she follows. Some of the teachings of Catholicism are thousands of years old, while others are more recent. So what is the Catholic culture like and what do they believe? Catholicism For Dummies answers these and many other questions.
Whether you’re a Catholic or not, you may be totally clueless or just unaware of some aspects of Catholic traditions, history, doctrine, worship, devotion, or culture. No sweat. Regardless of whether you’re engaged, married, related to a Catholic, or just curious about what Catholics really do believe, this book is for you.
Catholicism For Dummies is not a catechism or religious textbook, but a casual, down-to-earth introduction for non-Catholics and reintroduction for Catholics. It gives commonsense explanations so that the next time you’re invited to a Catholic wedding, Baptism, funeral, Confirmation, or First Communion, you won’t be totally confused. You’ll also discover other important topics that can help you better understand the Catholic culture—from morality and devotions to worship and liturgy. This book will familiarize you with Catholicism by showing you:
Catholicism For Dummies presents a rich tapestry and history of the Catholic faith—from devotions to doctrines. This intelligent and faithful look at Catholicism will open your eyes to this religion and answer many of the questions you may have about it.
Providing readers with a foundation of Catholicism, this guide gives concise information on the traditions, dogma, beliefs, and history of the Catholic Church and offers readers a warm and friendly approach to learning about Catholicism.
This volume provides the reader with a foundation of the religion by giving concise information on the traditions, dogma, beliefs, and history of the Catholic Church. It's a practical, easy-to-understand, hands-on resource that aims to help the reader new to the Catholic faith.
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, is the co-host with Father Trigilio of Council of Faith on EWTN, the Eternal Word Television Network.
"A gold mine of insight on the Catholic faith for people of all ages and beliefs."
—Prof. Charles E. Rice, Notre Dame School of Law and Visiting Prof., Ave Maria School of Law
Explains the deadly sins and cardinal virtues
Get the scoop on the Catholic Churchs stand on important social issues
Want to know more about Catholicism? Catholicism For Dummies presents the rich tapestry and history of the Catholic Church from devotions to doctrines. Youll find a description of the Catholic Mass, the seven sacraments, the liturgical calendar, the duties of the clergy, and much more.
Praise for Catholicism For Dummies
"Catholicism For Dummies is an intelligent and faithful look at one of the more misunderstood topics in contemporary religion."
Michael S. Rose, author of Goodbye, Good Men, Priest, and Ugly as Sin
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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