From the most basic terms to the structures and practices of the Church, this book offers a plain-speaking introduction to Roman Catholicism. Now in a second edition, it contains new sections on relations with other faiths, coverage of recent controversies in the Church and an expanded section on social teaching. It covers:
With a glossary, further reading sections and reference to official documents of the Church, this is the perfect guide for students approaching the study of Roman Catholicism for the first time.
"Michael Walsh is a learned, lucid and insightful guide to grasping the wonders and complexities of Roman Catholicism. He is thoughtfully aware of critical issues faced by the tradition. It would be difficult to find a better short introductory book. This new edition is to be welcomed."
Gavin D'Costa, University of Bristol, UK
"Walsh’s book is practical, nuanced, and easy to read. He writes with a good sense for history which enables him to contextualize his narrative, explaining how Roman Catholics may differ from other Christians on a particular issue or teaching, and he is critical about historical claims without being dismissive. (…) Walsh’s book gives a fine overview of the basics of Roman Catholic faith, life, and Church. Those unfamiliar with Catholicism will find it very helpful."
Thomas P. Rausch, SJ, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, USA
1. The Church - Catholic and Roman
2. What do Catholics believe?
6. The Vatican
7. The Liturgy
8. Devotional Life
9. The Church in Society
10. Unfinished Business
Appendix: The history of the Papacy
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