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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.

Click here to view sample pages. (PDF)

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.

  • Various stances within American Catholicism today
  • Covers the death of John Paul II and the succession of Pope Benedict XVI, who has supported the return of the Latin Mass among congregations who desire to celebrate it
  • Expanded information on baptism, confirmation, and the other sacraments
  • New information about the priesthood and religious life today
  • Twenty-first-century issues and questions modern Catholics face, including gay marriage, abortion, and the death penalty

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.

Nihil Obstat:
Rev. Daniel J. Mahan, STB, STL
Censor Librorum

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.

The Authors

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


See also:
Catholicism and Saints for Dummies Set
John Paul II For Dummies
Women in the Bible For Dummies
Saints for Dummies

ISBN: 9781118077788
Author: Rev. John Trigilio Jr., PhD, ThD and Rev. Kenneth Brighenti, PhD
Binding: Softcover
Pages: 414

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(4.67/5 Stars, 12 Ratings) Based on 12 Reviews

This book is the best.

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

A good book

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

Good Info

Review: IT helped review all that I had learned many years ago at Catholic School Best Uses: Reference; Describe Yourself: Casual Reader; Pros: Informative

Great Book for Future Converts

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

Continues the format of other "Dummies"

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

An awesome resource for everyone!

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

I highly recommend this book!

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

Great book !

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


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

Catholicism for Dummies

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

Very informative

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

Easy to Understand

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
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