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Catholicism Hardcover – 6 Sept. 2011

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  • Hardcover : 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0307720519
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0307720511
  • Publisher : DoubleDay (6 Sept. 2011)
  • Dimensions : 16.1 x 2.64 x 24.23 cm
  • Language: : English
  • Customer reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 892 ratings

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The Catholic Church has certainly faced some difficult challenges in recent years. Sex scandals, bishops who looked the other way, and a shortage of priests are seared into the consciousness of many within and outside this faith tradition. Barron, a Catholic priest and professor of theology at Mundelein Seminary near Chicago, draws attention back to the beautiful and rich tradition of this two-millennia-old religion. The author is able to set politics aside and examine the true heart of the Catholic faith God, Jesus, the Virgin Mary, and the numerous devotional practices and dogmas that have developed over the centuries. He casts a spotlight on some of the holy people who have helped build up the church, such as Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, Katharine Drexel, and Mother Teresa. Barron s engaging stories help to dissect and explain complex theological tenets. One comes to understand that Catholicism transcends religious practice; it is a lifestyle. Those who would like a concise but substantive introduction to the Catholic faith need look no further. --Publishers Weekly

Clarity, intelligence, passion and elegance these are the marks of a writer in top form, and Father Barron brings all these gifts to bear in this extraordinary reflection on the Catholic faith. If you read one book this year on what Catholics believe and why, this is the book to read and to share with others. - --Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap, Archbishop of Denver

Father Robert Barron s Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith takes a path less traveled in leading us to explore the faith through stories, biographies, and images. In these pages, we meet the Word made Flesh not only in theological formulations, but also in saints and poets, cathedrals and chants, priests and prophets. What makes Catholicism so compelling are the ways in which Father Barron shows how the Incarnation goes on in the true, the good, and the beautiful. --Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York

About the Author

Father Robert Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, the Rector of Mundelein Seminary, and the host of CATHOLICISM, a groundbreaking, award winning documentary about the Catholic Faith. Hereceived a Master's Degree in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America (1982) and a doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Institut Catholique de Paris (1992).
He haspublished numerous books, essays, and articles on theology and the spiritual life.He has also appeared on several media outlets including NBC, PBS, FOX News, CNN, and EWTN.His website,, has reached over 3.8 million people and his weekly YouTube videos have been viewed over nine million times. His pioneering work in evangelizing through the new media ledCardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago, to describe him as one of the Church's best messengers."

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