This annotated bibliography covers the available literature on the relationship between Soviet and Eastern European churches and the societies in which they have existed since the end of World War II. In order to shed some light on the mutual relations between the churches and society, two survey chapters provide a general orientation. The attitude of the churches toward their society is analyzed first, then the reverse is attempted with a description of the societal attitudes toward the churches. The bibliography proper first presents books and articles dealing with the entire region, the on a country-by-country basis. Because the sources dealing with the Soviet Union are most numerous, they have been broken down into materials dealing with general and inclusive religious policies and issues, the Russian Orthodox Church, the Oriental Apostolic Churches (Georgian and Armenian), the Roman Catholic Church, and the Protestants and sectarians. This bibliography is among the first to deal with the historic and current status of the Christian churches in Eastern Europe.
This book provides a critical sociology of religion in Latin America. Its purpose is to discuss the notion of religion as part of social, cultural, and political processes in capitalist societies, drawing on the classics of sociological thought (Marx, Durkheim, Weber, and Gramsci). Thus, churches are analyzed as organized institutions of religious mediation intimately linked to the production of social, cultural, and political hegemony in Latin America. The Catholic Church, the dominant church in the region, is analyzed in terms of its different faces, changes, and transformations from conquest and colonization through the changing winds of Vatican II to the revolutionary experiences of the popular church in the 1970s and 1980s. This work will be of interest to scholars of Latin American studies, politics, religion, culture, and sociology. It also speaks to theologians and philosophers working in Latin America.
IT is with painful feelings that the Catholic at his private devotions in churches at home and abroad, has oftentimes to observe groups of non Catholics examining the objects of the sacred buildings, and then departing evidently as uninstructed on what they have seen, as when they first entered. There can be but little doubt that most frequently such visitors would be delighted to receive some information on the things that thus come under their observation. To supply a little of that information in a handy form is the purpose of the present manual. The following pages and include the prayers of the Ordinary of the Holy Mass, with the hymns usually sung at Benediction; thus making the work useful as a prayer-book, wherewith to follow the words of the principal services of the Catholic Church in Latin or English. It is not intended or expected that this work will be found capable of a full perusal in church, but it is hoped that its pages may prove useful and agreeable matter for reading either before or after such visit. Let us consider the opening chapter: "ON entering a Catholic Church, the visitor's attention is naturally first bestowed on the principal or High Altar. Flowers and candles stand on either side of the Tabernacle which the Altar bears in its centre; while a single lamp, or more, burns night and day before our Lord Whose Divine Presence-reserved in the Tabernacle under the visible form of bread-is the most prominent and most sacred feature of Catholic doctrine and belief. In the Old Law, the Temple of the Jews was more than a mere meeting-house for Divine worship; it was the abode of the Ark of the Covenant of which we read (Exodus xl. 32) that the cloud covered the tabernacle, and the glory of the Lord filled it." In the New Law, as befitting its greater spiritual dignity, the Catholic Church teaches that its temples are not less favoured than the Jewish one of old. Far otherwise, for Catholic doctrine holds as established by Holy Scripture and sacred tradition derived from the Apostles, that the Catholic "House of God" is not only the resting-place of the Cloud of the glory of the Lord, but the residence of the Lord Himself after a special or Sacramental manner.
The purpose of this book is to help Catholic in Recovery see how to Seven Sacraments provide additional spiritual help inhelping achieve freedom from their addiction.
A comprehensive glossary which provides clear definitions of over 500 terms used to describe church architecture and furniture. An invaluable reference for use in the field and for all those who have to describe ecclesiastical buildings.
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