By Gerald O'Collins
Regardless of a protracted historical past of exterior threats and inner strife, the Roman Catholic Church and the wider phenomenon of Catholicism stay an enormous and beneficial presence into the 3rd millennium of worldwide historical past.
What are the origins of the Catholic Church? How has Catholicism replaced and tailored to such massive and various cultural affects over the centuries? What nice demanding situations does the Catholic Church now face within the twenty-first century, either inside its personal lifestyles and in its relation to others around the globe? during this Very brief creation, Gerald O'Collins attracts at the top present scholarship on hand to respond to those questions and to offer, in transparent and obtainable language, a clean advent to the most important and oldest establishment on the planet. O'Collins explains sincerely and concisely the place the Catholic Church comes from, what it believes and practices, the sacraments and the Church's ethical educating, and the place it truly is heading. The booklet additionally incorporates a timeline of occasions within the historical past of Catholicism and precious feedback for additional studying.