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The Catholic Church
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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 ; Recommended Reading

About the Author

John L. Allen Jr. is Senior Correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and the Senior Vatican Analyst for CNN. He's the author of six 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.

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"an excellent handbook for those who want (or need) to know more about the Catholic Church and for those who think they already know it all." -- Publishers Weekly Praise for John L. Allen, Jr.: "Paints a fair-minded picture of the Roman Catholic strain of the faith, its beliefs, its worship and its structures. [Allen] gets behind the image of stern Catholic uniformity and begins to show what a remarkably diverse body this really is." --Times Literary Supplement "John Allen is the English-speaking world's most informed, most insightful and most balanced commentator on the Roman Catholic Church today."--America "The best Anglophone Vatican reporter ever."--George Weigel, author of Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II "The journalist other reporters-and not a few cardinals-look to for the inside story on how all the pope's men direct the world's largest church."--Kenneth Woodward, Newsweek "The most authoritative writer on Vatican affairs in the English language."--The Tablet "Allen's engaging writing keeps readers' attention and interest... Highly recommended." --CHOICE Praise for John L. Allen, Jr.: "John Allen is the English-speaking world's most informed, most insightful and most balanced commentator on the Roman Catholic Church today."--America "The most authoritative writer on Vatican affairs in the English language."--The Tablet "The best Anglophone Vatican reporter ever."--George Weigel, author of Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II "The journalist other reporters-and not a few cardinals-look to for the inside story on how all the pope's men direct the world's largest church."--Kenneth Woodward, Newsweek

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