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Is Church History Bound to Repeat Itself?

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Is Church History bound to repeat itself?

September 11, 2006

 

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The anniversary of the Vatican II council is on October 11. Until then we are offering 10% off of our Church History section!

Called to Communion: Understanding the Church Today is a precious gift of Wisdom. It explains how providential are the trials through which the Catholic Church is now passing. The need of the Papal Primacy to ensure Christian unity; the true meaning of the Priesthood as a sacrament and not a mere ministry; the necessity of the Eucharist as the Sacrifice of the Savior now offering Himself on our altars; the role of the Bishops as successors of the Apostles, united with the successor of St. Peter, the Bishop of Rome; the value of suffering in union with Christ crucified; the indispensable service of the laity in the apostolate – all these are becoming more clear and meaningful in the life of the Church.

Confusion in the Pews

When Catholics learned a pro-abortionist was speaking at their retreat center, they knew something was terribly wrong. Just what is going on in the Church? Why are the faithful betrayed by abortion scandals? Why is the Blessed Sacrament hidden in a coat-closet? Why is a woman concelebrating Mass with a priest? Why are special liturgies held for “gays”? Why does a Catholic high-school girl work at Planned Parenthood?

Irrespective of your knowledge of the post Vatican II era, you will be shocked to discover how the authentic teachings of the Council were misconstrued by dissidents and why they remain in control.

The Catholic Church in America is in a state of crisis. But what does the crisis really involve? Where did it come from? And how might the Church turn crisis into opportunity? Bestselling author and theologian George Weigel argues in The Courage To Be Catholic that the path to genuine Catholic reform does not lie in accommodating the truth to the spirit of the age, but in a renewed commitment to living the fullness of Catholic faith.

Crouan says in his book, The Liturgy After Vatican II, that the great majority of Catholics need and want, not celebrations that are “pastorally correct”, but a Eucharistic liturgy that offers all the guarantees of Catholicity and leads them to an authentic contemplation of the mysteries being celebrated. He expresses the urgency needed to examine what is going on in parish churches, and to clarify matters by acknowledging the liturgical errors in order to establish a greater fidelity to the real teaching of Vatican II and the Roman Missal.

There are the saints and sinners, popes and kings that God used to shape his Church and change the world. Youll meet Clovis and Charlemagne, Luther and Pope Leo, Suleiman and St. Francis, the Arians, the Franks, the Huguenots, and others whose sins or sacrifices altered the course of history.

Here, too, are the wars and plagues, the ideas and institutions — and, yes, the miracles — that gave birth to our Christian civilization and often threatened to doom it. Experience the battles of Tours and Lepanto, the Crusades, the Russian Revolution, and Fatima, the miracle that foretold (and offered a way to prevent) the conflicts that killed millions in the twentieth century. Wars and terrorism have rendered the first years of our new century no less bloody. Has God now abandoned us?

Ten Dates Every Catholic Should Know finds the answer in history: from the first days of the Christian era, at key moments when civilization hung in the balance, God has intervened — sometimes subtly, sometimes dramatically — but ever and always he has come forward himself or given strength to those who were faithful to him.

The Catholic Church The First 2000 Years is a popular overview and study guide to the history of the Catholic Church. Written for non-scholarly readers with little historical background, it includes descriptions of society in different historical eras in order to make the history of the Church more understandable. The book avoids unnecessary names, dates, and scholarly disputes, but it explains important doctrinal, spiritual, and historical questions and developments. It identifies many popular saints and includes interesting historical characters.

Every Catholic at some time in his life has undoubtedly felt a desire to know the history of the Catholic Church.  But where to begin the study of nearly 2000 years?  Probably no book was better conceived or better executed to fulfill this need than Church History by Fr. John Laux.  Written expressly both for students and adults; anyone who becomes familiar with this book will find that he has acquired an excellent background in Church history.  The author intersperses the history with many brief, interesting biographies of famous people, and at the end of each chapter, he quotes briefly from a famous writing of the era, blending a medley of elements into a comprehensive historical composition that is at once brilliant and fascinating.

How The Catholic Church Built Western Civilization
Ask a college student today what he knows about the Catholic Church and his answer might come down to one word: “corruption.”

But that one word should be “civilization.”

Western civilization has given us the miracles of modern science, the wealth of free-market economics, the security of the rule of law, a unique sense of human rights and freedom, charity as a virtue, splendid art and music, a philosophy grounded in reason, and innumerable other gifts that we take for granted as the wealthiest and most powerful civilization in history. But what is the ultimate source of these gifts? Bestselling author and professor Thomas E. Woods, Jr. provides the long neglected answer:

the Catholic Church.

Great Moments in Catholic History

unique 8”x10” volume explains 100 memorable events in Catholic history. Each page includes the detailed text and a beautiful illustration of a particular event in Catholic history. The answers to thousands of questions will be found in these pages—invaluable to Catholics, and especially to the youth of our day. This book should find a place in every Catholic home, school or office in the English speaking world. The volume is beautiful, the illustrations a treasure and the information priceless. An added attraction is 500 questions (and what page to find the answers) in the back of this beautiful book.

The truth will set us free. So says Christ. If this is so, which of course it is, it follows that falsehood will enslave us. Falsehood in history prevents us from understanding our past and, in consequence, our present.

Properly understood, history is a chronological map that shows us not only where we have come from but also where we are and how we got here. It is also possible to project where we are likely to be going in the future by drawing the line of knowledge on the chronological map from where we have come from to where we are now and extending the line into the realm of future possibilities.
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