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American Catholics And Civic Engagement

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Sheed & Ward, in partnership with the Commonweal Foundation and with funding from the Pew Charitable Trust, proudly presents the first of two volumes in a groundbreaking series called American Catholics in the Public Square. The result of a three-year study sponsored by Pew aimed at understanding the contributions to U.S. civic life of the Catholic, Jewish, mainline and evangelical Protestant, African-American, Latino, and Muslim communities in the United States, the two volumes in this series gather selected essays from the Commonweal Colloquia and the joint meetings organized by the Commonweal Foundation and The Faith and Reason Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington. Participants in the Commonweal colloquia and the joint meetings--leading Catholic scholars, journalists, lawyers, business and labor leaders, novelists and poets, church administrators and lobbyists, activists, policy makers and politicians--produced approximately forty-five essays presented at ten meetings that brought together over two hundred and fifty participants. The two volumes in the American Catholics in the Public Square Series address many of the most critical issues now facing the Catholic Church in the United States by drawing from the four goals of the colloquia-to identify, assess, and critique the distinctive elements in Catholicism's approach to civic life; to generate concrete analyses and recommendations for strengthening Catholic civic engagement; to encompass a broad spectrum of political and social views of Catholics to encourage dialogue between Catholic leaders, religious and secular media, and political thinkers; to reexamine the long-standing Catholic belief in the obligation to promote the common good and to clarify how Catholics may work better with those holding other religious or philosophical convictions toward revitalizing both the religious environment and civic participation in the American republic. This first volume, American Catholics and Civic Engagement: A Distinctive Voice, includes a general introduction by Peter Steinfels and is structured in four parts, each of which include a brief overview. Part One, Catholic Thought in the American Context, explore the fundamental concepts that underlie Catholic social thought and their relevance to American public debate and public policy-the intellectual tools with which Catholics have often participated in the public square. Part Two, Catholic Institutions in the American Public Square, reveals the Church's vast presence in the American public square-from the church steeples that dot urban landscapes to primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, clinics and nursing homes, social service centers, orphanages, and shelters-and provides a detailed analysis of the place of the parish in the public square, the activities of the bishops' conferences in New York, Wisconsin, and the California, and the challenges facing Catholic health care providers. Part Three, Catholics in the Public Square: Autobiographies, includes the personal stories of politicians, journalists, lawyers, business executives, and labor leaders who describe how their faith shaped and is shaped by their work. Part Four, Catholics in the Voting Booth, relies on data from two wide-ranging surveys of how Catholics vote and assesses the impact on Catholic voters of the Catholic social tradition, of sermons, of parish community and sacramental life, and of papal and episcopal statements.


Practice Makes Catholic

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Third Place, Resources for Ministry categoryACP Excellence in Publishing Awards, 2012Third Place, Popular Presentation of the Catholic Faith categoryCatholic Press Association book awards, 2012 Paprocki s book is rich with information, wit, and wisdom and short on preachiness. It is said that practice makes perfect, but what else does practice make? If you ask Joe Paprocki, he ll say that practice makes Catholic that is, there are certain distinct practices that make us essentially Catholic. The problem is that many Catholics don t understand or at least misunderstand why we engage in the many practices we do. In "Practice Makes Catholic," Paprocki addresses the all-important why of many Catholic practices by articulating five key characteristics that form our Catholic identity: a sense of sacramentality, a commitment to community, a respect for the dignity of human life and commitment to justice, a reverence for Tradition, and a disposition to faith and hope rather than despair. Under each of these categories, he explores and explains multiple Catholic practices, then describes how following each one can make a profound difference in our faith and in our lives. Informative and inviting, Practice Makes Catholic is the perfect resource for RCIA candidates and their sponsors, for Catholics returning to the faith, and for all Catholics who want to get to the heart of what their faith is really about."


What Every Catholic Should Know

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Is God a Catholic? What does He have to say about the sacraments of penance, the Eucharist, and baptism? How does God see the Blessed Mother and the Pope? What Every Catholic Should Know answers these questions and more using the Scriptures.

The Catholic Church teaches countless doctrines regarding many important spiritual matters. But the complex teachings of the church leave many Catholics wondering what to believe. In many cases they find themselves going through the rituals with an indifferent attitude. This apathy leads many parishioners unfulfilled spiritually and unsure of their standing with God.

Using the Bible as the single source of truth, A. J. Gary offers simple explanations and inspiring insight into what every Catholic should know to be true. Each chapter focuses on a specific belief taught by the church and applies facts from God's Word to address it.

Catholicism declares that the Bible is truly the Word of God and cannot err. With this in mind, using an easy-to-understand approach, What Every Catholic Should Know compares Catholic doctrine with biblical facts and establishes some eye-opening information.



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