catholic church

catholic church [Gr.,=universal], the body of Christians, living and dead, considered as an organization. The word catholic was first used c.110 to describe the Church by St. Ignatius of Antioch. In speaking of the time before the Reformation in Western Europe, Catholic is technically used to mean orthodox (i.e., those who accept the tradition as mediated by the Roman Church). Today in English it usually means the Roman Catholic Church. Protestants use the word catholic in its original sense to designate the Christian Church taken as a whole.

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Catholicism: Selected full-text books and articles

The Blackwell Companion to Catholicism
James J. Buckley; Frederick Christian Bauerschmidt; Trent Pomplun.
Wiley-Blackwell, 2011
Understanding Catholicism
Monika K. Hellwig.
Paulist Press, 1981
Catholicism: A Study of Dogma in Relation to the Corporate Destiny of Mankind
Henri de Lubac.
Sheed and Ward, 1958
The Idea of Catholicism: An Introduction to the Thought and Worship of the Church
Walter J. Burghardt; William F. Lynch.
Greenwich-Meridian, 1960
Catholicism: The Story of Catholic Christianity
Gerald O'Collins; Mario Farrugia.
Oxford University Press, 2003
Goodbye Father: The Celibate Male Priesthood and the Future of the Catholic Church
Richard A. Schoenherr; David Yamane.
Oxford University Press, 2002
A Long Way from Rome: Why the Australian Catholic Church Is in Crisis
Chris McGillion.
Allen & Unwin, 2003
FREE! A History of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States
Thomas O'Gorman.
Charles Scribner's Sons, 1895
Democracy and Catholicism in America
Currin V. Shields.
McGraw-Hill, 1958
The Religions of Democracy: Judaism, Catholicism, Protestantism in Creed and Life
Louis Findelstein; J. Elliot Ross; William Adams Brown.
Devin-Adair, 1941
Catholicism and the American Mind
Winfred Ernest Garrison.
Chicago : Willett, Clark & Colby, 1928
Roman Catholicism and the American Way of Life
Thomas T. McAvoy.
University of Notre Dame Press, 1960
The Catholic Counterculture in America, 1933-1962
James Terence Fisher.
University of North Carolina Press, 1989
Contraception and Catholics: a New Appraisal
Louis Dupré.
Helicon, 1964
Catholic Viewpoint on Church and State
Jerome G. Kerwin.
Hanover House, 1960
George Brantl.
George Braziller, 1962
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