The Catholic Church in Action

The Catholic Church in Action

The Catholic Church in Action

The Catholic Church in Action

Excerpt

In this book an attempt is made to describe briefly and accurately the main outlines of the organized system by means of which the Catholic Church carries on its work in the world today. Only the most elementary summary of this tremendous subject is possible within the limits of a single volume, not meant for ecclesiastical students, but for the average reader, whether Catholic or non-Catholic, who would like to know in a general way how the Church is constructed and how its various parts are put together to function within the frame-work of the institution as a whole. There are a multitude of works, ranging from the most profound theological, historical, and scientific studies of the universal Church, or of its various parts, down to the most elementary pamphlets, but so far as we know, there is no other book in English which provides the average reader with a non- controversial, general account of the whole subject.

It is a non-controversial account in the sense that its authors (or perhaps its compilers would be the more accurate designation) make no effort to prove or to defend the fundamental spiritual, moral, and intellectual teachings of the Church. These teachings are simply stated, or reported, when and where their statement is necessary for the reader to grasp the meaning, the purpose, the end of the operations of the Church as an entity, or of any particular department of its intricate organization.

There are at least two good reasons for believing that a book like this is likely to be useful today and in the years immediately ahead of us. There is, first of all, the interest created by the steadily increasing activities of the Catholic Church throughout the world and, secondly, the still more important fact that the effects and . . .

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