Many Roman Catholics claim that the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) produced the Bible (God’s Word) to which they do not use very often… The truth is that the Roman Catholic Church did not give us our Bible. Rather, we got our Bible from the Holy Spirit through the apostles before the Catholic Church was romanized. Please see CARM www.carm.org
Cuban Catholic Church reveals names of 6 more prisoners Castro’s gov’t has promised to free
Cuba’s Roman Catholic Church on Friday revealed the names of six more political prisoners to be released into exile in Spain under a sweeping agreement with President Raul Castro’s government. Read more on Fox News
St. Florian’s Roman Catholic Church of United celebrates 100 years
The celebration begins Sunday during the church’s annual summer festival, which will act as a kickoff for the monumental year although the anniversary was observed on June 10. Read more on Daily Courier
Faithful flock to Santa Fe church
Hundreds of the faithful flocked to Santa Fe Sunday afternoon for a very special Catholic mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. The Archdiocese of Santa Fe celebrated the establishment of the Roman Catholic Church 400 years ago in the city. Read more on KRQE & KASA FOX 2 Albuquerque
In this extraordinary book, the renowned Hans Kung chronicles the Roman Catholic Church’s role as a world power throughout history. He examines great schisms — between East and West, Catholicism and Protestantism — the evolving role of the papacy and the stories of the great reforming popes; and the expansion of a global Church infrastructure. The book concluded with a searching assessment of how the Catholic faith will confront the immense challenges posed in the new millennium by the scientific community, by women questioning their role in the Church, and by those seeking reform of the strictures against abortion and contraception. The Catholic Church is a landmark book by a controversial and profoundly influential thinker.
From the Hardcover edition.Hans Kung’s The Catholic Church: A Short History is a small masterpiece of historical and theological writing. Kung fairly and comprehensively presents almost 2,000 years of Church history in a mere 207 pages. He begins with Jesus, who “radiated a democratic spirit in the best sense of the word” and “did not proclaim a church, nor did he proclaim himself, but the kingdom of God.” Throughout, in his analysis of every phase of Church history, Kung builds a case for a populist church, challenging the idea of a hierarchical Roman Catholic Church led by an infallible pope. The book concludes with a harsh analysis of the Church’s betrayal of Vatican II. Kung, the primary writer of Vatican II, was censured by the Vatican in 1979 for questioning Church doctrine and banned from teaching as a Catholic theologian. Here, Kung levels particular criticism toward Pope John Paul II, whose primary accomplishment, he argues, has been to revive a “conservative and authoritarian” spirit in the Church. The pope’s conservative views on the ordination of women, sexual morality, mixed marriages, and ecumenism draw Kung’s fire. He calls for nothing less than a new Vatican council in order to bring the Church hierarchy back in line with the Church faithful.
The view of the papacy held by the Catholic Church fellowship, oriented on the New Testament, is different from that of the Roman church bureaucracy. It is the view of a pope who is not over the church and the world in place of God, but in the church as a member (instead of the head) of the people of God.
The Catholic Church is the best history of the Church in many years. Unlike many such books, it is written clearly enough to be understood by lay readers, regardless of their knowledge of Christian history; and it is short enough that it can be read in a day or two. Furthermore, Kung’s controversial views are not presented as mere polemic. They are grounded in objective historical facts. Thus, he succeeds in providing a history that is both committed and objective. Readers who share those commitments will find a trove of knowledge to support their beliefs; readers who disagree will be moved to consider carefully the question of whether and how the Church should be further reformed. —Michael Joseph Gross
Here is the first new Catechism of the Catholic Church in more than 400 years, a complete summary of what Catholics believe in common. This book is the catechism that will serve as the standard for all future instruction within the Church.Catechism of the Catholic Church is the first new edition of the catechism in 400 years. Catechism means “instruction,” and this text will remain the standard reference for Catholics for many future generations. It is the authoritative summary of Catholic belief regarding the Church creeds, sacraments, commandments, and prayers. To get some idea of the level of detail with which the Catechism engages Catholic doctrine, consider that 17 pages of explanation accompany the opening words of the Apostle’s Creed (“I Believe in God the Father”). The book is exceptionally well organized, with line-by-line explanations of every conceivable aspect of orthodox Catholic belief. Extensive cross-referencing, indexing, footnotes, and “In Brief” summaries of each section further ease the project of finding the precise answers to any questions a reader might have. Even the layout of information on the page is easy on the eyes, with wide margins for readers who wish to make notes. Furthermore, the back cover features a true rarity in the annals of world literature: a blurb by the Pope. –Michael Joseph Gross