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Roman Catholicism stands at a crossroads, a classic best of times, worst of times moment. On the one hand, the Catholic Church remains by far the largest branch of the worldwide Christian family, and is growing at a remarkable clip. Yet the Church has also been rocked by a series of scandals related to the sexual abuse of minors by clergy, and, even more devastating, the cover-up by the Church hierarchy. The decade-long crisis has taken a massive financial toll, but the blow to both the internal morale and the external moral standing of the Church has been even steeper. Today, the Church has enormous residual strength and exciting future prospects, but also faces steep internal and external challenges. The question of whither Catholicism is of vital public relevance, for believers and non-believers alike. In The Catholic Church: What Everyone Needs to Know®, John L. Allen, Jr., one of the world's leading authorities on the Vatican, offers an authoritative and accessible guide to the past, present, and future of the Church.

What Everyone Needs to Know® is a registered trademark of Oxford University Press.

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"Allen is a veteran Vaticanista whose coverage of the papacy for National Catholic Reporter has made him the media's go-to guy on church politics. But Allen's ability to clearly explain the arcane workings of Roman Catholicism — to experts and lay people alike — is as impressive as his punditry, and that skill is on full display in his latest book. In 12 chapters, Allen gives a smart, highly readable primer on the mechanics of the Catholic Church and on the doctrines and history of Catholicism. His longtime perch in Rome also gives him a global perspective on Catholicism that is often obscured by events on the ground. Allen periodically indulges in his trademark analysis as well, salting the narrative with insights about present controversies and future possibilities for the church. This is an excellent handbook for those who want (or need) to know more aboutthe Catholic Church — and for those who think they already know it all. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

John L. Allen Jr. is an Associate Editor at the Boston Globe and the Senior Vatican Analyst for CNN, and was previously Senior Correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter. He is also the author of seven books on the Vatican and Catholic affairs, including The Future Church: How Ten Trends Are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church and All the Pope's Men: The Inside Story of How the Vatican Really Thinks. His most recent book is The Global War on Christians.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter One: The Catholic Church 101

Chapter Two: Historical Highlights and Lowlights

Chapter Three: The Church outside the Church

Chapter Four: The Life of the Mind

Chapter Five: Worship

Chapter Six: Angels, Demons and Saints

Chapter Seven: Faith and Politics

Chapter Eight: Catholicism and Sex

Chapter Nine: Catholicism and Money

Chapter Ten: Crisis and Scandal

Chapter Eleven: Rome and America

Chapter Twelve: New Frontiers

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780199975105
Subtitle:
What Everyone Needs to Know®
Author:
Allen, John L.
Author:
Allen, Jr. John L.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Subject:
General Religion
Subject:
Religion & Theology | History of Christianity | Modern
Subject:
Christianity - Catholicism
Subject:
Catholicism
Publication Date:
20130417
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
5.5 x 8.2 x 0.9 in 0.731 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Allen is a veteran Vaticanista whose coverage of the papacy for National Catholic Reporter has made him the media's go-to guy on church politics. But Allen's ability to clearly explain the arcane workings of Roman Catholicism — to experts and lay people alike — is as impressive as his punditry, and that skill is on full display in his latest book. In 12 chapters, Allen gives a smart, highly readable primer on the mechanics of the Catholic Church and on the doctrines and history of Catholicism. His longtime perch in Rome also gives him a global perspective on Catholicism that is often obscured by events on the ground. Allen periodically indulges in his trademark analysis as well, salting the narrative with insights about present controversies and future possibilities for the church. This is an excellent handbook for those who want (or need) to know more aboutthe Catholic Church — and for those who think they already know it all. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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