By Michael Walsh
From the fundamental rules and phrases, to its buildings and practices, this ebook bargains a plain-speaking creation to Roman Catholicism. It covers:
- Roman Catholic ideals and traditions
- practices and devotional life – rituals, prayer, mass
- Church buildings and authorities – from Vatican to parish church
- Church hierarchies and people – from bishops to the laity
- the position of the Church in society.
With a thesaurus, additional studying sections and an appendix at the background of the Papacy, this can be the fitting consultant for an individual eager to comprehend extra approximately Roman Catholicism.
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162–90 (the Trinity), pp. 305–10 (the resurrection). 137–48. 160–8. McBrien, Catholicism, chapter 2. 3 AUTHORITY In the middle of the sixteenth century there was a Council of the Church (for such Councils, see below) known as the Council of Trent from the place where it met, Triento in Italy. e. legates or representatives of the pope] presiding, keeps ever before its eyes this purpose: that the purity of the gospel, purged of all errors, may be preserved in the Church. Whereas Catholics frequently distinguish between authority as such and the manner in which it is exercised, they have no doubt that it is necessary for the Church.
I am not going to try to explain this three-in-oneness of God. It is not something that human beings would ever think up for themselves. It comes from God revealing him/herself in the sacred writings which Christians call ‘the Scriptures’ (‘scripture’ means ‘writing’ in Latin). Of course, once we know about the three-in-oneness because of the Scriptures we can reflect on it and come up with theories about it. But to do so here would lead us into some extremely difficult questions of philosophy and theology, which have no place in this book – although I will talk a little about the role of philosophy and theology themselves later in this chapter.
It is to the numbers, and distribution, of the Western Catholic Church that we will now turn. THE DEMOGRAPHY OF CATHOLICISM Statistics of religious adherence are notoriously unreliable. The most obvious indicator of commitment, for example, is attendance at a regular place of worship: Catholics will go to Catholic churches, Methodists to Methodist ones, and so on. It should therefore be possible to count attendance on a particular day to decide how many people are Catholic, how many Methodist, and so on.