By Lawrence S. Cunningham
The Vatican. The Inquisition. birth control. Celibacy. Apparitions and miracles. Plots and scandals. The Catholic Church is seldom out of the scoop. yet what do its a thousand million adherents quite think, and the way do they positioned their ideals into perform in worship, the kin, and society?
This down-to-earth account is going again to the early Christian creeds to discover the roots of recent Catholic considering. It avoids getting slowed down in theological technicalities, and throws mild on elements of the Church's institutional constitution and liturgical perform that even Catholics can locate baffling: why visit confession? How are humans made saints? what's 'infallible' in regards to the Pope? themes addressed contain: • scripture and culture • sacraments and prayer • renowned piety • own and social morality • reform, challenge, and interreligious discussion Lawrence Cunningham, a theologian, prize-winning author and collage instructor, presents an outline of Catholicism this present day as a way to be critical for undergraduates and lay learn teams.
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There may be problems with the litany of names recounted by Irenaeus, but it is clear that he believed there was a legitimate succession deriving from the Apostle Peter himself – a belief he probably picked up during his own sojourn in Rome. Irenaeus was clear on two points: The Roman church was founded on the martyred presence of the Apostles Paul and Peter, and Peter’s successors had a lineage. 3). That Peter and Paul had died in Rome and were buried there is an ancient tradition which has some compelling historical evidence behind it.
The last pope to serve the See of Peter in the eighteenth century, Pius VI (1775–99), lived through the French Revolution. His problems, however, were manifold. Joseph II of the Austro-Hungarian Empire checked papal intervention in his kingdom, granted full recognition of all religions, and attempted to subject the Church to state control. Attempts were made to distance the Church from Roman control in Italy itself (in Tuscany), and, after the French Revolution, priests were made civil servants; all clerics had to make oaths of allegiance to the State.
Finally, Pope Alexander VII (1655–67) permitted the use of Chinese in the official liturgy of the Church by Jesuit missionaries who had penetrated the Forbidden Kingdom and dispensed Chinese priests from praying the canonical hour in Latin. This far-reaching and early attempt at inculturation had enormous implications for mission strategy, and the withdrawal of that permission in later times was a tragedy of the first magnitude. It would not be until the twentieth century that the need to inculturate the liturgy would get official sanction.
An Introduction to Catholicism (Introduction to Religion) by Lawrence S. Cunningham