Maybe you have heard about it from friends or seen it in the bookstore. Maybe you have wondered: "Can a book with this title possibly be good for the Church?"
Well, wonder no more!
Catholics and non-Catholics alike can all learn something new from Catholicism for Dummies! This reference book covers it all. Catholicism for Dummies contains a wealth of valuable information, including: the Sacraments, celebrating the Catholic Mass, the liturgical year, Divine Law and Moral Law, the Seven Deadly Sins, Celibacy and the Male Priesthood, cultural and social issues, prayer life, the Ten Commandments, the Pope and Church hierarchy, symbols and gestures of Catholic worship, affection for Mary, the Saints/Canonization, Catholic Traditions, Ten Famous Catholics, Ten Popular Catholic Saints, Ten Popular Catholic Places, Solemnities/Feasts/Memorials for the year, and a list of all the Popes. (See below for the Table of Contents)
The material is presented in the very popular, easy-to-read "Dummies" style, including a "Cheat Sheet" with the Twelve Articles of Catholic Faith and common Catholic prayers.
Catholicism For Dummies is not a catechism or religious textbook, but a casual, down-to-earth introduction for Catholics and non-Catholics. It gives commonsense explanations of Catholic weddings, Baptisms, funerals, Confirmations, and First Communions. You'll also discover other important topics that can help you better understand the Catholic culture—from morality and devotions to worship and liturgy.
There are more than one billion Catholics in the world, and each one shares a foundational set of basic beliefs and practices that he or she follows. Some of the teachings of Catholicism are thousands of years old, while others are more recent. So what is the Catholic culture like and what do they believe? Catholicism For Dummies answers these and many other questions.
Catholicism For Dummies presents a rich tapestry and history of the Catholic faith—from devotions to doctrines. This intelligent and faithful look at Catholicism will open your eyes to this religion and answer many of the questions you may have about it.
Rev. Daniel J. Mahan, STB, STL
Rev. Msgr. Joseph F. Schaedel
Vicar General/Moderator of the Curia
Indianapolis, Indiana - March 25, 2003
Feast of the Annunciation
The Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur are official declarations that a book or pamphlet is free of doctrinal or moral error.
Rev. Rev. John Triglio, Jr., PhD, ThD serves as pastor of two parishes. He is also President of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy. He hosts several weekly programs on EWTN (Catholic TV) and can be heard on Catholic Answers Radio. He preaches retreats and missions across the US and Canada. Rev. Kenneth Brighenti, PhD is Vice Rector for Pastoral Formation and Assistant Professor at Mount St. Mary Seminary and University. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy. He also served as a U.S. Naval Reserve Chaplain for ten years and as a parish pastor for eight years.
Table of Contents
Part I: What Do Catholics Believe?
Chapter 1: What It Means to Be Catholic
Chapter 2: Having Faith in God’s Revealed Word
Chapter 3: In the Beginning: Catholic Teachings on Creation and Original Sin
Chapter 4: Believing in Jesus
Chapter 5: Defining "The Church" and What Membership Means
Chapter 6: Who's Who in the Catholic Church
Part II: Celebrating the Mysteries of Faith
Chapter 7: Body and Soul: Worshipping Catholic Style
Chapter 8: Entering the Church: Baptism, Communion, and Confirmation
Chapter 9: The Sacraments of Service and Healing
Chapter 10: Celebrating the Catholic Mass
Part III: Living a Saintly Life
Chapter 11: Obeying the Rules: Catholic Law
Chapter 12: Loving and Honoring: The Ten Commandments
Chapter 13: Being Good When Sinning Is So Easy
Chapter 14: Standing Firm: The Church's Stance on Some Sticky Issues
Part IV: Praying and Using Devotions
Chapter 15: Growing in the Faith
Chapter 16: Showing Your Love for God
Chapter 17: Expressing Affection for Mary
Chapter 18: Honoring the Catholic Saints
Chapter 19: Practicing Catholic Traditions
Part V: The Part of Tens
Chapter 20: Ten Famous Catholics
Chapter 21: Ten (Plus One) Popular Catholic Saints
Chapter 22: Ten Popular Catholic Places
Part VI: Appendixes
Appendix A: A Brief History of Catholicism
Appendix B: Popular Catholic Prayers
|By:||Inquisitive (Mirror Lake , NH, April 22, 2010)|
|Review:||Great reference book that has answered a lot of questions about my faith. I think anyone who is curious about Catholicism or wants to know why Catholics do what they do would enjoy this book. Best Uses: Gift, Reference; Describe Yourself: Casual Reader; Pros: Easy To Read, Informative, Well Written|
|By:||PPT Patty (R. S. Margarita, CA, May 13, 2010)|
|Review:||I always liked the "Dummy" series and this book is exactly what Catholics like me need! A clear, easy to read "reference" book about our faith! It cuts through the clutter and terminology that often confuses the faithful. This books keeps the information in "English" - I'd recommend it to all my Catholic friends! Best Uses: Gift, Reference; Describe Yourself: Casual Reader; Pros: Deserves Multiple Readings, Easy To Read, Informative, Well Written|
|By:||Debi (NC, February 4, 2012)|
|Review:||I'm still in the process of reading this informative book. It is a great reference book that is easy to understand. It also makes for a great refresher of knowledge on the Catholic religion. I'm glad I purchased this book. Best Uses: Older Readers, Reference, Younger Readers; Describe Yourself: Casual Reader; Pros: Easy To Read, Informative, Well Written|
|By:||Rankk (Greenwich, CT, November 7, 2010)|
|Review:||Great book for those like me who have forgotten their earlier teachings Best Uses: Older Readers, Reference, Younger Readers; Describe Yourself: Casual Reader; Pros: Easy To Read, Informative, Well Written|
|By:||JD (Orange Beach, Alabama, April 28, 2009)|
|Review:||I would highly recommend this book for both Catholics and non Catholics, very down to earth, written as if the authors were speaking to you personnaly. Really explains the Catholic belief Best Uses: Gift, Older Readers, Reference, Travel Reading, Younger Readers; Describe Yourself: Everyday Reader; Pros: Deserves Multiple Readings, Easy To Read, Engaging characters, Informative, Very easy to understand, Well Written|
|By:||Ang (Virginia, November 13, 2008)|
|Review:||I am teaching CCD for the first time this year, and needed a book that I could read to help me sort of "refresh" my own education. This book is great for anyone who has questions about the Catholic faith and want to answers in simple, to the point answers. This book is also great for parents and teachers, to not only help themselves but to help their children grow and learn. Best Uses: Education, Entertainment, Everyone; Describe Yourself: First Year CCD teacher, Parent; Pros: Engaging, Entertaining|
|By:||Bonny (Scottsdale, AZ, January 22, 2009)|
|Review:||IT helped review all that I had learned many years ago at Catholic School Best Uses: Reference; Describe Yourself: Casual Reader; Pros: Informative|
|By:||Alex in CO (Denver, CO, January 24, 2009)|
|Review:||This book provides a lot of answers to us non-catholics about the Catholic faith. It is a book which describes Catholicism in and easy-to-understand way. The authors provide some levity which is always helpful when writing about a serious subject as religion. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to know more about the Catholic faith. Pros: Deserves Multiple Readings, Informative, Well Written|
|By:||Nancy the runner (Tacoma, WA, April 11, 2009)|
|Review:||Easy to skim through what you already know and what you don't need to know. Very informative. Best Uses: Gift, Reference; Describe Yourself: Everyday Reader; Pros: Easy To Read, Informative, Well Written|
|By:||Tom (Harrisburg, PA, September 8, 2009)|
|Review:||This book is ideal for everyone! For the cradle Catholic, there's stuff in here that you have forgotten or may have never know. For the convert or those considering the Catholic Church, there is no better place to start for the fundamentals. For the teacher, it is well organized and provides a wealth of material to assist you in the classroom. For the student, all the answers are in here! What more could you want? I know the authors personally and can attest to their faithfulness, orthodoxy, and love for Holy Mother Church! This book is great to own as a resource for when those questions pop up, and to give as a gift to those you love and care about their eternal life! Best Uses: Converts, Gift, Older Readers, Reference, Travel Reading, Truth Seekers, Younger Readers; Describe Yourself: Bookworm; Pros: Deserves Multiple Readings, Easy To Read, Informative, Page-Turner, Well Written|
|By:||(none) (MN, October 22, 2009)|
|Review:||Very informative and great format. Great for old & new readers; Catholic or non-Catholic. Best Uses: Older Readers, Reference, Younger Readers; Describe Yourself: Casual Reader; Pros: Deserves Multiple Readings, Easy To Read, Informative|
|By:||Lisa (Royal Oak, MI, February 20, 2010)|
|Review:||I bought this book for myself and my husband. We both love it. It explains every single thing about the Catholic faith in a way that is very easy to understand. I have given several of them away. Some to people who are Catholic but not familiar with all Best Uses: Gift, Older Readers, Reference, Travel Reading, Younger Readers; Describe Yourself: Bookworm; Pros: Deserves Multiple Readings, Easy To Read, Informative, Well Written|