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The bestselling guide to the ins and outs of Catholicism

What does it mean to be a Catholic? What are the fundamental beliefs and history behind this religion? Catholicism For Dummies, 2nd Edition is an intelligent and faithful look at Catholicism that will open your eyes to this religion and answer many of the questions you may have about it. Plus, in this new edition, you'll find the updated text of the Mass according to the Roman Missal, Third Edition, as well as all-new chapters on creation, deepening your faith, and what joining the Church is all about.

  • In the beginning — find out what Catholics believe about creation, angels and devils, where sin came from, and what will happen at the end of the world

  • Membership has its privileges — discover how Catholics see the Church and how the act of fulfilling its missions makes membership a rewarding experience

  • Who's who — get to know the many players in the Catholic Church, from how the pope gets his job to what it's like being a parish priest — and all the important jobs in between

  • Catholic symbolism — understand the meaning behind the sign of the cross, the crucifix, Holy Water, incense, and more

  • Follow the Mass — appreciate the tradition of the Catholic Mass, from the opening prayer and the homily to going for Holy Communion

Open the book and find:

  • What "the Church" really is

  • How the Gospels came to be

  • The Church's stance on gay marriage, abortion, and war

  • Catholic prayers and devotions

  • What Catholics really think about Mary and the saints

  • The virtues to strive for and the sins to avoid

  • How Catholics can take their faith to the next level

  • A guide to praying the Rosary

Learn to:

  • Explore the foundations of the Catholic faith

  • Make sense of the sacraments and symbols

  • Understand issues modern Catholics face

About the Author

Rev. John Trigilio, Jr., PhD, ThD, is President of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy and co-hosts with Fr. Brighenti several programs on the Eternal Word Television Network.

Rev. Kenneth Brighenti, PhD, is a member of the Board of Directors for the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy and was a U.S. Naval Reserve Chaplain.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (November 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118077784
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118077788
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Father John Trigilio, Jr. is a native of Erie, Pennsylvania, son of the late John Trigilio, Sr. (of Sicilian heritage), and his surviving wife, Elizabeth of Polish heritage). He is the eldest of five children, three of whom predeceased their parents. After attending eight years of parochial grade school at Blessed Sacrament, Fr. Trigilio entered Saint Mark High School & College Seminary in 1976. He graduated from Gannon University in 1983 with a B.A. in Liberal Arts (concentration in Theology and Philosophy). After studying for the Diocese of Erie and then for the Diocese of Arlington, Father Trigilio joined the Diocese of Harrisburg where he was ordained in 1988 by William Cardinal Keeler. He completed his seminary training at Holy Apostles Seminary, Cromwell, CT and at Mary Immaculate Seminary, Northampton, PA. Fr. Trigilio is also a cooperator in the Personal Prelature of Opus Dei.

His first two assignments were as Parochial Vicar, then one year in the Diocesan Tribunal and as Catholic Chaplain to two hospitals. He was reassigned as Parochial Vicar in three parishes respectively, and was made pastor of two parishes in June, 2002 (Our Lady of Good Counsel, Marysville & St. Bernadette, Duncannon) where he is presently working.

Father Trigilio earned a Doctorate (PhD) in Mediaeval Philosophy and a Doctor of Theology (ThD) in Biblical Studies; is a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and has been President of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy (national association of 600 priests and deacons) since 2002.

He has hosted a weekly TV series on EWTN with Father Robert Levis, entitled WEB OF FAITH for more than eight years and has been an online internet spiritual advisor for EWTN for fifteen years. Fr. Trigilio co-authored with Fr. Ken Brighenti several books, including CATHOLICISM FOR DUMMIES, WOMEN IN THE BIBLE FOR DUMMIES, JOHN PAUL II FOR DUMMIES, SAINTS FOR DUMMIES, EVERYTHING BIBLE BOOK, CATHOLICISM ANSWER BOOK. He has also hosted television & radio series 'Council of Faith', 'Crash Course in Catholicism' and 'Crash Course on John Paul II' for EWTN which are broadcast on cable, satellite, internet and short-wave.

Fr. Trigilio is a regular contributor of articles to 'Homiletic & Pastoral Review' as well as 'The Priest Magazine.' Listed in 'Marquis' Who's Who in Religion' and 'Who's Who in America', Father John Trigilio is also a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus and Chaplain to the Sons of Italy, as well as Director of the Italian-American Apostolate for the Diocese of Harrisburg. He preaches retreats at Casa Maria in Irondale, AL and gives lectures across the country as well as appearing regularly twice a month on 'Catholic Answers Radio: Q&A.'

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dreamy on September 28, 2012
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This Dummies Book about the Catholic Faith was so wonderful. I am not a Catholic but wished to know more about the Catholic Church and what they believed. The book was so interesting and at times even funny. It kept my attention. This would be a great book for those that have been Catholic from birth. In fact, I have had Catholic friends who do not know what their church believes. This is also a wonderful introduction to anyone who is not Catholic. If one is curious about what Catholics believe or how the Mass, priests, deacons, weddings, christenings, baptisms, sacred taking of wine and bread, and more. If you desire to know what the pope has charge of, and about the various Saint days or holidays this is your book to tell you all about them. It just seems to answer every question. This is why in my humble opinion it deserves the best rating.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kona VINE VOICE on November 26, 2011
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This is a well-written, informative, and fascinating book. The authors are priests who cover every imaginable facet of Catholicism, including the Mass, sacraments, traditions, saints, the clergy, and why Catholics believe what they do. This 2012 book is up-to-date and includes the new changes to the liturgy as well as the child-abuse scandal. I think the book would be of equal interest to non-Catholics and Catholics as well. I enjoyed all the trivia and learned new things about the Church's viewpoint on the rapture, evolution, and the death penalty.

Everything you ever wanted to know (and more) about the Catholic Church is included and you can choose the topics you want rather than read the book through, if you like. There's a lot of historical information about the origins of Church doctrine which I found really interesting. Highly recommended.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Toki Mike VINE VOICE on December 12, 2011
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Catholics are encouraged to read the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Catechism of the Catholic Church: Second Edition. Those who want to know about Catholicism in a more informal, easier to understand way may want to read this book as well. Chapter 14 contains Catholic views on many controversial topics such as abortion, contraception, male priests, and capital punishment. Other chapters answer questions about the Mass, Holy Communion, praying to Mary, weddings, and many other topics. An appendix summarizes 2,000 years of Church history in just 27 pages.

Catholics will this book easier to read than the Catechism, which is more of a reference book. They also will find the informal language easier to use when answering questions from Protestant friends. Anyone interested in finding out about the Catholic Church will find that it gives short, simple answers to their questions. And even those opposed to the Catholic Church may find that some of what they think they know about the Catholic Church is wrong.

The book seems to accurately reflect Catholic Church positions on most topics. However, Pope John Paul II disagrees with this book on evolution: The human body may have evolved from lower animals, but the soul was created by God.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janet Michaud on March 2, 2015
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I bought this book because I sometimes find it a challenge to put my faith into words. I've realized that I've put my faith on "automatic". Just
doing what I need to do for tradition or obligation, So I use this as a reminder of the Who and the Why and the What, so back to basics
when I get lost in all the not so important "noise' and remember what is important and why (for me). Informative, renewing, encouraging and
well done. Thank you.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dana Huckleberry on December 23, 2012
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This book is extremely helpful to those who are more interested in exploring about this subject (RCIA) or longstanding Catholics who would like to know more about the whys of the way things are done.
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I especially like the fact that the material is presented in a light-hearted way and that you can start any place you wish and only read the parts you wish. As for me, I began with the Appendix on the history of the Church. My husband, a convert, is also reading this book.

I have purchased additional copies for each of our grown children plus one for a co-worker who mentioned that she is an "off and on" Catholic. She seemed quite pleased to receive the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elbert B. Davis on August 9, 2014
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It's not just informative, it's a really good read. The authors obviously have a great sense of humor, as they integrate it well, making the read very enjoyable. I am a new Catholic and lack the background knowledge of my Church, as well as the meaning of many of our formalities and symbolism. This book has become one of my most favorite. Great read, fun yet simplistic. I highly recommend this to anyone wishing to understand our faith.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By cmiller on March 22, 2012
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My husband is Catholic as are my two children. My daughter started going to non-Catholic church with her friends. Then she started asking questions that I couldn't easily answer. The top statement I heard from her was "I want to be Christain not Catholic". When I explained she was Christian, the why's weren't easy to answer.

This is a perfect book for those who want to know about the Catholic religion. I found it a lifesaver and interesting as well.
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