Cambridge An Introduction To Catholicism by Lawrence S. Cunningham

Cambridge An Introduction To Catholicism by Lawrence S. Cunningham

By Lawrence S. Cunningham

The Vatican. The Inquisition. birth control. Celibacy. Apparitions and miracles. Plots and scandals. The Catholic Church is seldom out of the scoop. yet what do its one thousand million adherents particularly think, and the way do they positioned their ideals into perform in worship, the family members, and society? This down-to-earth account is going again to the early Christian creeds to discover the roots of contemporary Catholic pondering. It avoids getting slowed down in theological technicalities, and throws gentle on points of the Church's institutional constitution and liturgical perform that even Catholics can locate baffling: why visit confession? How are humans made saints? what's 'infallible' concerning the Pope? themes addressed contain: • scripture and culture • sacraments and prayer • renowned piety • own and social morality • reform, undertaking, and interreligious discussion Lawrence Cunningham, a theologian, prize-winning author and college instructor, presents an summary of Catholicism this present day to be able to be critical for undergraduates and lay learn teams.

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It was the same pope, however, using the powers of the Roman Inquisition, who censured the opinions of Galileo, putting his works on the Roman index of forbidden books. Gregory XV (1621–3) demonstrated another aspect of the dynamism of the Catholic Reformation. He established a congregation for missionary work (Propaganda Fide) in 1622, which was to become the headquarters and dynamic center for Catholic missionary efforts both in mission lands and in those places where Protestantism had taken firm root.

People are increasingly on the move in many parts of the world through immigration, the search for better economic opportunities, the collapse of agricultural smallholdings, and so on. ) that ring the major cities of most of the world bring new challenges that make the settled parishes of integral geographical locations more problematic and the need for imaginative approaches more pressing. It may well be that the recent emergence of “small Christian communities” provide a new model for the Catholic congregation(s) of the future.

An ecumenical council? But an ecumenical council must meet in communion with the pope, and the legitimacy of the pope was the issue at hand. Could a council make a final judgment? The healing of the schism was finally accomplished at a general council held at Constance in 1415 called by one of the then three papal claimants. After much wrangling, the Council deposed the claimant from Pisa as well as the Avignon claimant and persuaded the Roman claimant to resign. Finally, in 1417, Martin V was elected and effectively ended what had been a terrible situation in the Church.

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