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
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.
Very clearly written and easy to understand which is remarkable for such a complex topic.
There is so much information here that I will go back to it periodically, more like a reference book than a straight-through read.
Highly recommended for anyone interested in converting, or for Catholics who just want to learn more about their faith.
Having been raised as a Catholic but couldn't deal with all the seemingly arbitrary rules, it took me a bit to get through the first few chapters without some cynicism. Read morePublished 25 days ago by melody pritchard
I HAVE ONLY READ HALF WAY THROUGH THE BOOK. SO FAR IT HAS BEEN VERY INFORMATIVE, EVEN THOUGH I HAVE BEEN CATHOLIC ALL MY LIFE. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cinda Holaday
lots of information which actually makes sense... some humor added which is greatPublished 1 month ago by lovecolorado
Nice, easy to read book, I was expecting a smaller, reference type book, however the explanations and teaching were educational.Published 1 month ago by CURLIS
Very informative and easy to read and understand. GREAT BOOK for learning the religion!Published 1 month ago by Summer2011
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. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Elbert B. Davis
In this fairly short work, two priests of a fairly traditional bent give a short introduction to the 'essentials' of Catholicism. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Greg