Lawrence S. Cunningham's An Introduction to Catholicism (Introduction to Religion) PDF

By Lawrence S. Cunningham

ISBN-10: 0521608554

ISBN-13: 9780521608558

The Vatican. The Inquisition. birth control. Celibacy. Apparitions and miracles. Plots and scandals. The Catholic Church is seldom out of the scoop. yet what do its a thousand million adherents quite think, and the way do they placed their ideals into perform in worship, the kinfolk, and society?

This down-to-earth account is going again to the early Christian creeds to discover the roots of recent Catholic considering. It avoids getting slowed down in theological technicalities, and throws gentle on features of the Church's institutional constitution and liturgical perform that even Catholics can locate baffling: why visit confession? How are humans made saints? what's 'infallible' concerning the Pope? issues addressed contain: • scripture and culture • sacraments and prayer • renowned piety • own and social morality • reform, project, and interreligious discussion Lawrence Cunningham, a theologian, prize-winning author and collage instructor, offers an summary of Catholicism this present day that allows you to be critical for undergraduates and lay examine teams.

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Today, popes are elected in the Sistine Chapel under the great ceiling painted by Michelangelo – a commission by Julius, as were the frescos in the Vatican stanze done by Raphael. ” The Florentine son of Lorenzo the Magnificent, he looks out on posterity from the famous portrait painted by Raphael: corpulent, smug, and elegant. A lover of the fine things of this world, he is best remembered in history for two things that are, in fact, intimately connected: the preaching of an indulgence all over Europe to raise monies for the building of the new Saint Peter’s basilica and the excommunication of an obscure German Augustinian friar named Martin Luther who was vehemently opposed to the preaching of the indulgence in general and the attendant abuses connected with the preaching in particular.

The new pope’s reign began on a happy note, but unrest developed when it became clear that the pope had no intention of creating a constitutional democracy. The Italian insurgents, driven to create a free Italy, slowly annexed parts of the Papal States, and finally, after some protracted battles, the Italian forces entered Rome in September 1870 and later incorporated Rome into the new Italian state. The pope was guaranteed his own person but now was virtually confined to the Vatican. Pius responded to these events by declaring himself a prisoner of the Vatican, withheld recognition of the new state, and forbade Catholics from participating in the new political process.

Many thought that the papacy was coming to a sad end. the recreation of vatican city state Leo XIII ushered the papacy into the twentieth century; he reigned from 1878 to 1903. While he followed the policy of his predecessor relative to the new Italian state (he forbade Catholics from voting or taking part in the political life of the Church), he showed himself, in other ways, to be a progressive pope. His most famous encyclical Rerum novarum (1891) was the first great papal encyclical on social justice; he asserted the rights of private property but he also asserted the rights of workers to organize and to be paid a decent wage – with the right to private ownership came the obligation of justice.

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