IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE BEING A CATHOLIC And The Difference Is Grace. In this writing there lies not only teaching for the Catholic in his Faith but of hopeful ecumenical discourse with others. This book does begin with the Roman Catholic Church's affirmation that salvation is for all, who are disposed to obey God and live virtuously and righteously (Pope Pius IX, 1863). Then Vatican II lauded the spiritual uprightness of other churches: Eastern and Western, Protestant and Anglican, the Jewish people, also, the Muslim, the Buddhist, and non-believer as well. Witness the growing responsiveness and respect between those of different religious beliefs, especially Catholic and other Christians who share Holy Scripture, belief in a (Triune God, Divinity of Christ, the Resurrection, etc.) though differing on interpretation of others (the Sacraments, Infallibility, Purgatory, etc.). Yet, if salvation is for all, virtuously disposed of any belief, does it matter which faith? Does it make a difference? Yes, and it lies in the invaluable divine gift of sanctifying grace, which from birth to death, comes primarily through reception of the seven sacraments of the one holy catholic and apostolic Church (Nicene Creed).
Although largely unknown in his lifetime, Gerard Manley Hopkins was, Jill Muller contends, the 'heart in hiding' of Victorian Catholicism. Investigations of Hopkins's spirituality have too often detached his beliefs from their local habitation in a newly industrialized, historically anti-Catholic and increasingly secular England. This book restores the poet to his full intellectual and literary context by exploring his responses to the writings of his Catholic contemporaries, and by situating the preoccupations, dramas and disappointments of his life in the wider setting of Victorian Catholic culture.
Vatican II opened the doors of the Roman Catholic Church for official theological dialogue with separated brethren. The rise of the neo-Pentecostal movement and charismatic renewal caused the doors of the historical Pentecostals to open toward Christians in the mainline churches. This book discusses the historical precedents of the Vatican/Pentecostal Dialogue and reviews the ten-years Dialogue (1972-1982), with special attention given to the second five years. The implications of this Dialogue for ecumenism is also discussed. Volume Two contains all the documents from the second quinquennium, including the 16 theological papers and final report.
The Roman's established one of the key legal systems from which modern European law is derived. It is one of the binding factors "par excellence" within the European community. It is thus vital for the new "Europeans" to have a sound knowledge of of its history. This book presents a brief, accurate and up-to-date survey of the development of Roman law.
Provides a brief, informative, readable, and very helpful explanation of basic parish management to pastors, priests from abroad, deacons, seminary students, pastoral and finance council members, and lay parish workers.
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