Catholicism: The Story of Catholic Christianity by Gerald O'Collins S. J., Mario Farrugia S. J.

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By Gerald O'Collins S. J., Mario Farrugia S. J.

The bestselling Catholicism has now been revised and up-to-date for an eagerly-anticipated moment variation. This lucid and obtainable account explains how Roman Catholicism and its ideals and practices got here to be what they're. popular students Gerald O'Collins and Mario Farrugia go through historical past to sum up the current features of Catholic Christianity and the most important demanding situations it faces within the 3rd millennium. transparent and interesting, the authors current concerns in a clean and unique approach. They skilfully depict the Catholic historical past and exhibit that Catholicism is a dynamic and residing religion. O'Collins and Farrugia have interaction with modern ethical matters and discover the demanding situations which Catholics and different Christians needs to face. this can be an authoritative, full of life, and updated advent to Catholicism for the twenty-first century.

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These questions could be applied to inflexible movements that have recurrently emerged down to the twenty-first century. In Cyprian’s own case, an ironical aspect of his work on Church unity emerged in his controversy with Pope Stephen I over baptism administered ‘outside the Church’. Like other African and some oriental bishops, Cyprian argued that such baptism had no value. The Church of Rome held, however, that both schismatics and heretics could validly administer baptism. Persecution cut short the controversy and Cyprian died a martyr in 258.

Like other African and some oriental bishops, Cyprian argued that such baptism had no value. The Church of Rome held, however, that both schismatics and heretics could validly administer baptism. Persecution cut short the controversy and Cyprian died a martyr in 258. In a later chapter on the sacraments we return to this issue. 24 Many Christians, and not just Catholics, retrieve with gratitude numerous ways in which they articulated their inherited faith. But certainly Catholics find much to claim and reclaim in their writings and lives.

20 Stark, Rise of Christianity, 49–71. g. 1 Thess. 347–407) anti-Jewish polemics firmly set in; and through the centuries Catholics committed terrible crimes against Jews or remained guilty bystanders of such crimes. The Second Vatican Council called for repentance and denounced ‘the hatred, persecutions, and displays of anti-Semitism directed against the Jews at any time and from any source’ (Nostra Aetate, 4). The thought of Justin and some of his successors deserves to be recovered in the cause of healing religious and human relations between Catholics and the Jewish people—as St John XXIII (pope 1958–63) and St John Paul II (pope 1978–2005) led the way in doing.

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