By Gerald O'Collins
Regardless of a protracted heritage of exterior threats and inner strife, the Roman Catholic Church and the wider phenomenon of Catholicism stay an enormous and priceless presence into the 3rd millennium of global background. What are the origins of the Catholic Church? How has Catholicism replaced and tailored to such immense and numerous cultural affects over the centuries? What nice demanding situations does the Catholic Church now face within the twenty-first century, either inside of its personal existence and in its relation to others world wide? during this Very brief creation, Gerald O'Collins attracts at the most sensible present scholarship to be had to respond to those questions and to offer, in transparent and available language, a clean advent to the most important and oldest establishment on the earth. O'Collins explains in actual fact and concisely the place the Catholic Church comes from, what it believes and practices, the sacraments and the Church's ethical instructing, and the place it truly is heading. The booklet additionally encompasses a timeline of occasions within the historical past of Catholicism and worthy feedback for extra reading.
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The ofﬁcial church granted ‘indulgences’, or remissions of punishment in purgatory, for sinners who had repented of their sins but had died without making full satisfaction for the harm they had caused. On the authority of Pope Leo X, indulgences were being sold to raise money from the German faithful to help pay for the building of the new St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Luther felt outraged not only at this squalid practice but also at the whole idea that Church leaders could exercise control over the fate of human beings in the afterlife.
In the 18th century, Dr Samuel Johnson (1709–84) expressed this difference. Old, ill, and saddened by the thought of dying, he declared in the last summer of his life: A good man of a timorous disposition, in great doubt of his acceptance with God, and pretty credulous, may be glad of a church where there are so many helps to get to heaven. I would be a Papist, if I could. I have fear enough, but an obstinate rationality prevents me. 40 Even before the Council of Trent closed in 1563, the religious map of Europe was being redrawn.
The inﬂuence of Francis and his associate, St Clare (1194–1253), has endured through such ﬁgures as St Antony of Padua 4. Young people holding high the cross on their annual pilgrimage to the shrine of Maipu, Chile 22 (1195–1231), Blessed Angela of Foligno (d. 1309), St Pio of Pietralcina (1887–1968), and other Franciscan mystics and missionaries. The humility, total poverty, and Christ-like love practised by Francis have made him one of the most popular saints of all time. Not as exalted a poet as Dante, Geoffrey Chaucer (1340–1400) pictured in The Canterbury Tales a group of 29 pilgrims on their way to the shrine of St Thomas Becket (d.
Catholicism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Gerald O'Collins