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The Catholic Church

What Everyone Needs to Know (What Everyone Needs to Know)

By John L. Allen, John L. Allen Jr

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Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Published In: United States, 01 April 2013
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. 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, a pattern of cover-up of that abuse by the church's authorities. 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 Catholic Church has been even steeper. The overall picture is of a Church with enormous residual strength and exciting future prospects, but also one facing steep internal and external challenges. The question of "whither Catholicism" is of vital public relevance, for believers and non-believers alike. In this book, John L. Allen, Jr., will offer an authoritative and accessible primer on the Church today.

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 ; 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 WeeklyPraise 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

EAN: 9780199975105
ISBN: 0199975108
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Dimensions: 20.9 x 14.3 x 2.1 centimetres (0.29 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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