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  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: St. Anthony Messenger Press (January 4, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569552436
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569552438
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

A popular Catholic radio broadcaster answers many puzzling questions always asked about Catholic beliefs, practices and customs. Questions like these and many more: Were Catholics ever forbidden from reading the Bible? Do Catholics still believe in purgatory? Why do Catholics confess their sins to a priest? Do Catholics really believe the Eucharist is literally the body and blood of Christ? Why are Catholic priests celibate? Are Catholics trying to work their way to heaven? Why don’t Catholics use artificial contraception? Do Catholics worship Mary and the other saints?

About the Author

Al Kresta is executive editor of the award-winning Catholic weekly newspaper Credo and general manager of the Ave Maria Radio Network. An enthusiastic convert and veteran broadcaster, he has fielded numerous questions about the Catholic faith from callers on his nationally syndicated radio talk show, Kresta in the Afternoon. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his wife, Sally, and their five children.

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Al Kresta is a broadcaster, journalist, President and CEO of Ave Maria Communication, host of the nationally syndicated Catholic talk show "Kresta in the Afternoon" and National Spokesman for StopHHS.com, the largest grassroots effort to combat the HHS Mandate. Heard on over 200 stations and Sirius Satellite Radio, Kresta in the Afternoon is broadcast each weekday from 4-6 p.m. Eastern Time and looks at all areas of life through the lens of Scripture and the teaching of Christ's Church. Al is the co-author with Nick Thomm of Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories From Well-Known Catholics, and is the author of Why Do Catholics Genuflect?, and Why Are Catholics So Concerned about Sin?

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Normally, the book moves along briskly with a memorable thought every page or two.
Charles Francis
I also highly recommend it for Catholics who wish to learn more about their faith and be able to share it with others in a competition manner.
Gary Michuta
Mr. Kresta's articulate explanations shed a lot of light on centuries old doctrines and practices of the Church.
Tyrone Hill

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Tyrone Hill on July 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is an informative book and should be read by all Catholics who want to better know their faith and be able to defend it charitably. Mr. Kresta's articulate explanations shed a lot of light on centuries old doctrines and practices of the Church. His writing style is easily understood yet conveys deep meanings which all make good sense.
The chapter on Sacred Tradition shows how the Catholic Church guarded the Gospel and the deposit of faith for its first 330 years, before defining the books of Sacred Scripture and compiling the canon of the bible at the end of the 4th century. He explains how the Bible is a Catholic book, and was translated into vernacular versions well before the Protestant Revolt. Contrary to what some may claim, the Church never kept the bible from the faithful.
Another great chapter is the one on authority, which tells how the Church is apostolic, with apostolic teaching and apostolic succession. I like the author's reference to the "Evangelical Dictionary of Theology," a standard Protestant reference book, which says, "Peter's primacy or leadership among the twelve apostles and in the primitive church is now generally accepted by Protestant and Catholic scholars alike." And of course Pope John Paul II is the 264th successor of Saint Peter.
Mr. Kresta well explains the truth found in Matthew chapter 16, where Jesus "In keeping with the ancient custom, appointed Peter as the chief steward over the royal household, the Church, and gave him the keys of the kingdom." Peter was given the power by Christ to bind and to loose in matters of faith, morals, doctrine, and conscience.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By George J. Kloss on June 18, 2002
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I picked up this book to learn more about my Catholic faith because of the title. I have a pre-disposition not to like Apologetics because I tend not to want to be confrontational.
So, I read this book to further develop my sense of awe of the Catholic faith's symbols, sacraments and saints. As it turns out the book uses scripture and church history to clarify differences between Catholics and other Christians.
Through this interesting and well-written book, I have completely changed my view of Apologetics. I no longer see it as a dry - intellectual exercise. I now see it as a simple and meaningful part of my Catholic faith.
Al Kresta's straightforward manner clarified the issues and helped me see that Catholics can easily answer Scriptural issues brought to them by Non-Catholics.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gary Michuta on March 25, 2002
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Let's face it, Catholics and Protestants, while using the same words and terms, operate with different definitions and with different emphasizes. At times, it can feel like we are almost speaking two different languages. It takes some doing for Catholic apologists to learn how to communicate their faith in a manner that is easily accessible to Protestant Christians. I know. I've been running a Catholic apologetic ministry for a number of years now and Al Kresta - more than anyone I know - has mastered and is fluent in both these religious dialects. With years of experience on Protestant and Catholic radio, Al has honed his skills in communicating the faith in a manner that is clear, insightful and compelling regardless the religious affiliation of his audience. Al applies these same "bi-lingual" skills masterfully in his new book, "Why Do Catholics Genuflect?" The result is an accurate, punchy, non-threatening and entertaining read. "Why Do Catholics Genuflect?" is one of only a few books that I can recommend without reservation for Catholics to give to their Protestant friends and family members. I also highly recommend it for Catholics who wish to learn more about their faith and be able to share it with others in a competition manner.
BTW... This is also a great book to have a few copies placed near your front door for any unexpected door-to-door evangelists who may show up.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 15, 2002
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As someone who spends a lot of time on the road in Southeast Michigan, I've enjoyed Al Kresta's radio show immensely-- both when he was an evangelical Protestant, and now his Catholic show.
One thing I've always appreciated is Al's knowledge of ALL types of Christianity, even obscure denominations. I would marvel as people called in and said, "What does so and so believe differently than such and such?" and BOOM, Al would rattle it off in a clear and understandable way.
So, it's not surprising to me that his book is clear, understandable, witty, engaging, AND intellectually stimulating.
WHY DO CATHOLICS GENUFLECT? belongs on the shelf of every Catholic who has trouble answering specific questions about their faith, but would be equally valuable for any Christian who wants a clearer understanding of what the largest chunk of Christendom really believes-- or at least is SUPPOSED to, if they really understood their own Church.
Kresta attacks stereotypes of Catholicism which are spread by many fundamentalists (though Catholics who don't understand their faith very well certainly contribute to these misunderstandings) but never attacks his counterparts on the other side of issues. The tone is never harsh, and is sometimes even playful.
Kresta is firm about his beliefs, but never off puttingly polemical. He clearly explains positions, and offers memorable illustrations.
WHY DO CATHOLICS GENUFLECT is a valuable book for anyone who has any questions about Catholic belief and practice. It's lucid and logical, and best of all, it's easily the most enjoyable book I've ever picked up on the subject.
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