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101 Things Everyone Should Know About Catholicism: Beliefs, Practices, Customs, and Traditions [Paperback]

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Pages   246
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5.5" Height: 6.25"
Weight:   0.44 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2005
Publisher   Adams Media
ISBN  1593372663  
EAN  9781593372668  

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An essential primer for both new and longtime Catholics presents the fundamental history, origins, and meanings of the faith in a thoughtful and engaging style that offers a concise and accessible insight into one of the world's great religions. Original.

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The mysteries behind the world's most enigmatic faith--revealed

What is catechism?Why do Catholics turn to the saints for inspiration?What is purgatory?

"101 Things Everyone Should Know About Catholicism" crystallizes these and other key components of this influential, enduring faith. Whether you're curious about the symbolic meanings of Mass or intrigued by the deeper significance of the seven Sacraments, this book answers all your questions. Inside this compact yet comprehensive volume, you'll also learn about:

  • Major events that have shaped Church history
  • The Catholic understanding of Heaven and Hell
  • The structure of Church hierarchy
  • The Catholic interpretation of scripture
  • The significance of major Catholic holidays
  • Modern-day challenges and reform movements
Encompassing everything from the birth of Jesus to Vatican II and beyond, this thoughtful, engaging guide provides a wealth of indispensable information.

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Helen Keeler has been a writer, editor, and educator for twenty years. She has worked in public education in the areas of health and safety, has taught evening classes in journalism, and teaches catechism as a volunteer. Ms. Keeler lives in Toronto, Canada.

Susan Grimbly has been a journalist for twenty years, writing for "The Globe and Mail, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, Quill & Quire, Books in Canada," and "Maclean s Magazine," among others. Ms. Grimbly, who lives in Toronto, Canada, has also been a member of the Catholic Church for forty-seven years."

Helen Keeler currently resides in Toronto.

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Helen Keeler and Susan Grimbley are both long time Catholics and long time writers based in Toronto. This 250 page 4 x 4 x one inch manual presents their well researched perceptions, as long time Catholic laywomen, of the "beliefs, practices, customs and traditions" of our Church. This book apparently is one of a series of informative manuals published by Adams Media out of Avon Massachusetts and printed in Canada edited by PrRofessor James Wiggins, PhD., director of the Inter-religious Council of Central New York and former professor of religious studies at Syracuse. Therefore we discover here general observations regarding Catholicism.

I was inspired by the other reviews on this product detail page to give this book a good look and find that it might serve thinking and searching adults intrigued by learning what our Churh is all about, and here they may find well written such popular and complex fare extensively presented.

Rather than serving as an encyclopedia of Catholicicm, such as that excellently edited by the Reverend Father Richard P. McBrien in his monumental The HarperCollins Encyclopedia of Catholicism, we find here topics for discussion well arranged under the general sections: History (from the Annunciation to the post Conciliar Church), Essential Beliefs (from the Catechism through essential theological points to faith and good works), The Sacraments (their essence and elements with a special discussion of marriage), Scriptural Interpretation (from the compilation of the Bible through the laity and Scripture study), Practices and Customs (from family worship through the Creeds and Liturgy to conversion, for whom this book seems apostolically intended), ending with Contemporary Issues Confronting Catholics, including human rights and charity as well as interfaith dialogue. This summary cannot be complete, and even less so without mention of the excellent and comprehensive general Introduction to the text.

Qualms expressed here regarding Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat are irrelevant to this work, as the vast majoirty of Catholic publications this century proceed without such formalities and even in their presence the same reviewers find fault with the works and authors so approved. In any case this present work is designed as a general presentation of the Catholic Church, her history and how she is and operates today. Published in 2005 it admirably fulfills this function arranged as it is by the themes as laid out above.

Nevertheless, for a more precise, scholarly and well researched resource, please acquire the Father McBrien Encyclopedia mentioned above: The HarperCollins Encyclopedia of Catholicism which discusses several similar issues and more, and better. Yet this present small, understandable and portable text may help convince you to begin your own personal salvation journey within the great Mother Church and all her good works and graces on the Pilgrim path to peace and compassion in the practice of God's commandments to Love one another. In doing so this book overcomes any and all nits that others might pick and serves admirably the intention for which it was so well and recently written.
Awful!  Jan 25, 2006
Full of mistakes! Try "Catholicism for Dummies" instead, or read the Catechism! As a reviewer below pointed out, it doesn't even have the imprimatur, and no wonder.
"Things" you should know about this book  Jan 21, 2006
The recent interest of mainstream secular publishers in all things Catholic is a very positive development. Wonderful books like Thomas Woods's "How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization" and Fr. John Trigilio's "Catholicism for Dummies" might not have seen the light of day fifteen years ago, but today they are selling in droves.

Unfortunately, with that interest comes the risk that bad offerings go to press, as publishers rush to fill the vibrant Catholic marketplace with new titles. The atrocious, downright heretical "Idiot's Guide to Catholicism" is a prime example, and so, disappointingly, is "101 Things."

Most of the 101 entries are at best politically correct exercises in Catholic "lite" thinking, e.g., the predictable handwringing over the Crusades and the dreaded Inquisition. More than a few, however, misrepresent Church teaching.

For example, I opened the book at random to find entry 56, "Receiving First Communion and First Reconcilation." The authors state the following: "Today, Catholic children normally have their First Reconciliation around the age of seven or eight. In fact, First Confession was once a prerequisite for First Communion, but that is no longer the case. Most theologians acknowledge that most children do not have serious sins to take care of before receiving the Eucharist."

"In fact," what the Church teaches about the matter is the polar opposite. Here is paragraph 1457 of the Cathechism of the Catholic Church: "Children must go to the sacrament of Penance before receiving Holy Communion for the first time."

Sadly, there has been a thirty-plus year agenda by self-styled progressives within the Church to undermine authentic catechesis. The illegitimate inversion of Confession and Communion has served as one of the line items of that agenda.

Readers are told of a supposed new awareness of the Sacrament of Marriage. The Council of Trent's teachings on the subject are called "strict" and "rigid," while Vatican II is described as having deemphasized the parental obligation to have children. Yet paragraph 1664 of the Catechism is as follows: "Unity, indissolubility, and openness to fertility are essential to marriage."

It isn't surprising that this book lacks an imprimatur, a seal which assures readers that a publication is error-free. If readers seek a book describing the core "things" one ought to know about Catholicism, the soon-to-be-published "Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church" fits the bill. If they seek an explanation of Catholic customs and traditions, they might try Kevin Orlin Johnson's "Why Do Catholics Do That?" or Fr. Trigilio's "Dummies" book.
This book is a great reference!!!!  Dec 2, 2005
As a young (under 30) man looking to "return" to the catholic faith after a 20+ year absence, I found this book essential on my personal quest. It may seem to oversimplify everything it talks about, and it does. But it serves as a real down and dirty quickie guide on eveything catholic. Eveything is boiled down to a quick 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 page (pages are 4" square) Each point of the 101 points is readable on it's own, but they flow from one to another quite smoothly. I read it the first time as a book, but will keep it around as a quick reference.
There were many things I had questions that were not really impoortant to my decision ( like why catholics eat fish on fridays) I did not really need a long discourse on the reasons, I was just curious, and the quick page-and-a-half passage on it in this book was perfect. Other things, like the reconcilliation between faith and science, (a biggie for me...) filled a few passages, amd was maybe 6-8 pages. It served as a wonderful jumping off point to open the discussion with the priest I am working with.

If you are a catholic, you really need this little book around.

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