Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Catholicism by Mary Faulkner, Bob O'Gorman

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By Mary Faulkner, Bob O'Gorman

The entire Idiot's advisor To Catholicism explores the world's biggest spiritual denomination and brought you to the Catholic perform. It will give you a brand new method of studying Catholicism, overlaying the rituals and logos of the faith, similar to Mass, the Seven Sacraments, and the holy days and their that means. The authors inform you how Catholicism has unfold during the global, its roots, and the way it has grown and adjusted over the process this century. It's a helpful software for somebody drawn to examining--or reexamining--this huge and intricate religion.

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As a result, many church leaders, both clerical and lay, take an activist role in the politics of Latin Americans.  Catholics live: • Los Angeles has 3 million Catholics, making up 30 percent of the population. 3 million Catholics, representing 41 percent of the population. • New Orleans has 500,000 Catholics, making up 35 percent of its population. • Boston has two million Catholics, representing 53 percent of its population. 3 million Catholics, which is 45 percent of its population. • El Paso has 600,000 Catholics, which represents 76 percent of the population.

Nearly one in every five people in the world is Catholic.  In the following chapter, we'll look at some well­known Catholics who represent a wide range of spiritual expressions.  In this chapter, we'll explore that diversity with you by introducing some famous Catholics and their contributions.  The Catholic leaders of these times reflected these trends.  He became a kind of pop culture icon for the Catholic Church and established himself as the best­known and most popular Catholic in 1950s America.

Thomas's independence of spirit and strong belief in hard work and self­reliance articulate an American belief that everyone can succeed and speak to the spiritual belief that humans can overcome the odds and excel.  Two of the most popular singers of these eras had one thing in common: being Catholic.  He won best actor in 1945 for his portrayal of a priest, Father O'Malley, in Going My Way.  The immensely popular film and its songs made a deep impression on the Catholic imagination in the 1940s and on the public's imagination of Catholics as well.

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