Understanding Catholicism - The Complete Idiot's Guide

ISBN-10: 1592575358

ISBN-13: 9781592575350

Edition: 3rd 2006 (Revised)

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Description: What does it mean to be Catholic today? Newly updated and revised. How can the Catholic Church be both hugely popular and widely scorned? How can it hold onto its ancient roots and be forever changing? This updated guide tells the story of being Catholic as Catholics themselves live their faith, every day of their lives. More than ever before, this edition speaks to interested outsiders, non-clergy, and practicing Catholics, as well as to religious professionals and members of the clergy. This book explores: The various stances within American Catholicism today Recent Catholic history, most notably, the death of John Paul II and the succession of Pope Benedict XVI The seven sacraments The present state of Catholic education, Catholic identity, and Catholic social teaching

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List price: $19.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Mary Faulkner holds a master's degree in religious education specializing in spirituality. She has written books on the topics of spirituality and recovery, including Women's Spirituality: Power and Grace and Easy Does It Relationship Guide for Recovering Couples . She is a cofounder of Integrative Life Center, former director of women's services at Cumberland Heights both in Nashville, TN, and currently, the trauma specialist and a spiritual advisor at The Ranch in Nunnelly, TN. Along with a private practice, Mary certifies counselors and healthcare professionals in Integrative Hypnotherapy for Transforming Trauma.

What's a Catholic?
Can You Judge a Catholic by the Cover?
Why You Might Be Interested
What Catholics Believe
Same Church Different Pews
What You Have to Do
The Classic Definition
The People: Many Faces, Many Flags
Would I Know One If I Saw One?
So Where Would I Find a Catholic?
Catholicism: It's a Big Tent
Image: The Power of the Press
From Bing to Bono
From Bishop Sheen to Dan Berrigan
From Cesar Chavez to Clarence Thomas
The Vatican: The Church That's a Country
Just Who Is the Pope?
The Big Church and the Little Church
Rules and Regulations
The '60s: Seeds of Revolution
The Stillness Before the Storm
Church as Listener
Ecumenism: Catholics' Relationship to Other Christians
Conscience Reigns Supreme
A Painful Side Effect of Vatican II: Loss of Tradition
Putting the "Ism" in Catholicism: Becoming Catholic, Becoming Different
"It's Elementary, My Dear Watson"
Ritual: The Old Religion, Roots, and Renewal
"Yada, Yada, Yada"
Influences of the Greeks, Romans, and Indigenous Peoples
The Bible
Sacred Scriptures
The Canon: How Are We Sure What Texts Are Sacred?
All God's Children
Jesus: Spirit of a New Religion
How We Know What We Know About Jesus
The Key Stories of the Christians
Was Jesus the First Catholic?
Catholics Separate from the Jews
The Sensuous Side of Catholicism: How Catholics Experience God
Catholic Imagination: The Sacred Space of Ritual
What Is Ritual and Why Do Catholics "Do" It?
The Theology of Catholic Ritual
Imagination: Tasting, Touching, Smelling God
Sacred Elements: Air, Earth, Fire, and Water
When No One Is Watching
Jesus: The Original Sacrament
Omnipresence: The Catholic Sacramental Principle
Church as Sacrament
Religion: The Marriage of Form and Spirit
Ignatius Loyola's Spiritual Exercises: A Journey into Sensual Imagination
Seven Sensual Sacraments
Baptism: More Than Just Water on the Head
Eucharist: First Holy Communion
Confirmation: It's No Longer a Slap on the Face
Menage a Trois: It's More Than Just Two in a Marriage
Holy Orders: More Than Just Oil on the Fingers
Penance: More Than Just a Kick in the Pants
Anointing of the Sick: More Than a Simple Good-Bye
Who Is Mary?
Do Catholics Workship Mary?
Mary, the People's Choice
Mary's Incomplete History
Council of Ephesus
Apparitions: Here, There, and Everywhere
Feasts and Devotions to Mary
Imagination and Prayer
Feeding the Imagination
Sacramentals: Little Sacraments
Sacramental Gestures
The Liturgical Calendar: Sacred Time
Celebrating the Final Journey
Catholic Prayers and Music: Tangible Poetry
Personal Prayer
The Rosary
Monasteries, Mysticism, and Contemplative Prayer
Liturgy of the Hours
Sacred Music
The Mass: The Catholics' Big Dinner Party
Celebration or Sacrifice: What Is the Mass?
The Liturgy of the Word
The Liturgy of the Eucharist
The Eucharist: Feeding the Flock
Here's the Church, and Here's the Steeple, Open the Doors, and See All the People!
Catholic Identity: How Are Catholics Wired?
It's a Tribe
Where the Tribe Meets
Catholics' Social Face
Getting In and Out of the Tribe
The Teaching Church: More Than Just a Slap with the Ruler
The Sources of the Church's Teaching: Scripture and Tradition
Theology: Faith Seeking Reason
Bargains from the Border: Liberation Theology and Base Communities
Stirring the Pot of Change
The Catholic Church's Best-Kept Secret: Social Justice
Lucy's Enlightenment
Charitable Work and Social Activism
Religion and Politics: Beyond Polite Conversation
The Nine Themes in Catholic Social Teaching
Dorothy Day and The Catholic Worker Movement
Conclusion: The Church Today
The Teachings of the Church: Moving Beyond Sin
Sin: Missing the Mark
Human Sexuality: "Male and Female He Created Them"
The Seamless Garment
The Church: Moving from Steeple to People
A Call to Hierarchical Communion
The Unified Church
Vocation: No Family Is Complete Without One
Religious Orders: Know Your Players
Lay Vocation: What About the Rest of the Folks?
The Church's History
The Roman Establishment
From Underdog to Top Dog
Christianity Comes to Your Hometown
From Rationality to Mysticism
A New Empire Is Born
Division, Debauchery, and Reform: The Church's Second Millennium
Catholic and Orthodox: The Church's Y1K Problem
Catholicism's Dark Side
Problems, Protest, and Protestants
Trendy Trent: Going to Reform School
The Church Turns Its Face to the New World
The Birth of the Church in the New Land
Colonization: Ready or Not, Here We Come!
A New People Emerges
Cultural Contributions to Today's Catholicism
Catholics Earn Their Citizenship
Catholicism and Colonial America: There Goes the Neighborhood!
Coming in Droves: The Immigrant Experience
A Checkered Church Solidifies
Catholics Come of Age
A Look to the Future
Catholic Sexuality: The Church's Dirty Little Secret?
Sex, Lies, and Vatican Tapes
Our Legacy: Dualism and the Mind/Body Split
Clericalism: The Secret Culture
Sexual Imagination (Thou Shall ...)
Face-to-Face in the Third Millennium: The Church Looks to the Future
Recap: Past, Present, and Future
The Church Is One
The Church Is Holy
The Church Is Catholic
The Church Is Apostolic
The New Generations: Passing the Cup
Incarnation: Celebrating Life
In Conclusion
Appendixes
Glossary
Recommended Reading
Index
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