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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 relatively think, and the way do they placed their ideals into perform in worship, the relations, and society?

This down-to-earth account is going again to the early Christian creeds to discover the roots of contemporary Catholic considering. It avoids getting slowed down in theological technicalities, and throws mild on features 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? subject matters addressed comprise: • scripture and culture • sacraments and prayer • well known piety • own and social morality • reform, project, and interreligious discussion Lawrence Cunningham, a theologian, prize-winning author and collage instructor, offers an outline of Catholicism this day in order to be vital for undergraduates and lay examine teams.

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The authority of the bishop of Rome rested largely on the claim that he was the keeper of those shrines of Peter and Paul and an inheritor of the authority vested in Peter as the one upon whom Christ would found his church (Matt. 16:18) – claim that would be evoked more frequently after the second century. By the third century, the bishops of Rome would intervene by the invocation of their authority as Peter’s successors even though the autonomy of local churches outside of Rome would still be maintained.

Wildly devoted to enriching himself and his family, personally pugnacious and vindictive, he was not without gifts. To him we owe a great deal in the area of the codification of Church law and in the founding of a university in Rome, and he was the first pope to call a jubilee year in Rome (in 1300), which attracted vast hordes of pilgrims as happens even up to our own day. His struggles with the King of France led him to wield the fullness of his papal powers, and he was responsible for one of the most infamous papal bulls in the history of the Church – a bull directed pointedly at the King of France.

They undertook the task with enthusiasm. 385) saw Rome as a Christian city with the pope as its head. In his program, his zealous promotion of the cult of the saints and preserver of the papal memory, his ruthless political control over the city, and his implacable detestation of the old paganism, Damasus wished to think of Rome not as springing from the mythical figures of Romulus and Remus but from the two Apostles whose shrines he governed, Saints Peter and Paul. Like his successors, Damasus would send legislative briefs, called decretals, to other churches, especially those who had historic connections to the city of Rome itself.

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