From the Back Cover
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
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.