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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: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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The Catholic Church today is the biggest Christian church in the world with well over 1 billion faithful. The Church believes it is the one true church founded by Jesus Himself when He appointed St. Peter to be the first pope. Catholicism has since developed and persevered for 2,000 years. Catholic practices and traditions may seem odd to those outside of the faith and this book explores some of most important points of Catholicism.

This book looks over several aspects of Catholicism such as what happens at Sunday Mass, what the sacraments are and their significance, the organization of the Church, the importance of prayer, and what Jesus's role in the faith is. I was able to learn about several aspects of Catholicism such as why Catholics adore the Virgin Mary (and not worship her). It also takes some time to debunk some myths about Catholicism that have developed and have caused confusion. Overall, there is much to be learned in this book for those that know little about Catholicism.

There is one issue I had with this book. While reading it I felt it generally assumed that one was already familiar with Christianity in general. If you do not know about the story of Adam and Eve or the life of Jesus, you are probably going to be lost while reading this. It mainly seems targeted to those who are Protestant and are curious about Catholicism or perhaps those that were raised Catholic but fell out later in life.

Overall though, I thought this was a good book to learn about some of the major tenets of Catholicism. I would recommend it to those who want to learn about it.
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Even though I went through the RCIA program I still had some questions about why Catholics did certain things. I also bought it because I wanted a simple book with some of the prayers that are said, that my husband (a cradle Catholic) is unable to repeat unless he's in that setting. This is just a very nice book that easily lays out all of the Why's and How's of Catholicism in an easy-to-read manner. I would recommend it for all Catholics or those who are just curious about Catholicsm in general.
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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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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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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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