By Lawrence S. Cunningham
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 one thousand million adherents relatively think, and the way do they positioned 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 pondering. It avoids getting slowed down in theological technicalities, and throws gentle on points 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? themes addressed contain: • scripture and culture • sacraments and prayer • renowned piety • own and social morality • reform, challenge, and interreligious discussion Lawrence Cunningham, a theologian, prize-winning author and college instructor, offers an summary of Catholicism at the present time for you to be integral for undergraduates and lay examine teams.
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He oversaw the building of a basilica over the tropheum honoring the burial place of Saint Peter on the Vatican hill across the Tiber. That church would last until the late fifteenth century when it began to be replaced with what is today present Saint Peter’s in the Vatican. Constantine’s mother, Helena, a devout Christian, lavished monies on the places associated with the life of Jesus in ancient Palestine. She built the original Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Since Constantine had built a parallel city named for himself in the East – Constantinople (present-day Istanbul) – he had an equal interest in the Eastern reaches of his empire.
That same activity also spread Catholicism in Africa especially, but not exclusively, in the French-speaking areas of the continent. ) or through colonial expansion in North Africa in countries such as Algeria and Morocco. In the Far East, there are small Catholic communities both in the Indian subcontinent (Kerala in the south of India has a long Catholic history) as well as in countries such as Thailand, Laos, and in Vietnam, where the Catholic Church represents a significant minority of the population.
In the Far East, there are small Catholic communities both in the Indian subcontinent (Kerala in the south of India has a long Catholic history) as well as in countries such as Thailand, Laos, and in Vietnam, where the Catholic Church represents a significant minority of the population. China has a small minority population of Catholics as does (South) Korea, with an even smaller one in Japan. Statistics about the overall Catholic population are very hard to come by with any degree of accuracy, but the following are some more or less reliable numbers as of the year 2000: Africa Americas Asia Europe Oceania World total 130,000,000þ 519,391,000þ 107,302,000 280,144,200 8,202,200 1,045,058,100 Of course, those raw statistics (taken from Global Catholicism [Froehle and Gautier 2003]) are only approximate.
An Introduction to Catholicism (Introduction to Religion) by Lawrence S. Cunningham