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There are more than one billion Catholics in the world, and each one has a similar set of basic beliefs and practices that he or she follows. Some of the teachings of Catholicism are thousands of years old, while others are more recent. So what is the Catholic culture like and what do they believe? Catholicism for Dummies answers these and many other questions.

Whether you're a Catholic or not, you may be totally clueless or just unaware of some aspects of Catholic traditions, history, doctrine, worship, devotion, or culture. No sweat. Regardless of whether you're engaged, married, related to a Catholic, or just curious about what Catholics really do believe, this book is for you.

Catholicism for Dummies is not a catechism or religious textbook, but a casual, down-to-earth introduction for non-Catholics and reintroduction for Catholics. It gives commonsense explanations so that the next time you're invited to a Catholic wedding, Baptism, funeral, Confirmation, or First Communion, you won't be totally confused. You'll also discover other important topics that can help you better understand the Catholic culture - from morality and devotions to worship and liturgy. This book will familiarize you with Catholicism by showing you:

  • What it means to be a Catholic: traditions, prayers, beliefs, and holidays
  • Who is who in the Catholic hierarchy
  • How Catholics worship
  • What the Seven Sacraments and Ten Commandments are
  • The book regarded as the holiest to Catholics: The Bible
  • The Church's stand on some sticky issues

    Catholicism for Dummies presents a rich tapestry and history of the Catholic faith - from devotions to doctrines. This intelligent and faithful look at Catholicism will open your eyes to this religion and answer many of the questions you may have about it.

  • ©2003 Wiley Publishing, Inc. (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Informative and easy to digest!

    I’m a convert to the Catholic faith, and bought a physical copy of this book almost a decade ago, but never got around to finishing it. I have family members that are interested in the Catholic faith and I decided to listen to this audiobook to ensure that it was accurate and not too detailed for them to digest. It’s very informative and I would recommend it to anyone interested in learning a bit about the structure and history of the Church simply for the sake of knowledge. It can easily be listened to at 1.25x or even 1.50x speed as well.

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    Interesting

    Well narrated shirt simple explanation of Catholicism. Being raised catholic you often do as you are told and this explains many of the things that just were.

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    Excellent

    If you could sum up Catholicism for Dummies in three words, what would they be?

    As a returning Catholic I found this book very good, it refreshed my memory on all topics.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Catholicism for Dummies?

    The description of the Catholic priest scandals as a bad marriage. The concept of marriage is still sound and not to be blamed. In the Catholic priest scandal the religion is not to be blamed it was just a couple of bad apples.

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    I found this to be a refreshing book to read...

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    Good introduction

    Narration was good and the explanations for why Catholics believe as they do was thorough

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    incredibly informative.

    I'm not a catholic, yet intrigued. this book was teeming with knowledge and insight. Catholicism is such a complex belief system to me but this helped shine some light. It didn't really cover their ideas and thoughts as far as angels and demons per se, however the everyday catholic and his/her life is greatly displayed. Thank you.

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    I simply like to hear my Faith explained in new ways. Pretty good job, fellas.

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