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Publisher Description

Roman Catholicism stands at a crossroads, a classic ''best of times, worst of times'' moment. On the one hand, the Catholic Church remains by far the largest branch of the worldwide Christian family, and is growing at a remarkable clip. Yet the Church has also been rocked by a series of scandals related to the sexual abuse of minors by clergy, and, even more devastating, the cover-up by the Church hierarchy. The decade-long crisis has taken a massive financial toll, but the blow to both the internal morale and the external moral standing of the Church has been even steeper. Today, the Church has enormous residual strength and exciting future prospects, but also faces steep internal and external challenges. The question of ''whither Catholicism'' is of vital public relevance, for believers and non-believers alike. In The Catholic Church: What Everyone Needs to Know, John L. Allen, Jr., one of the world's leading authorities on the Vatican, offers an authoritative and accessible guide to the past, present, and future of the Church. This updated edition includes a new chapter on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, the election of Pope Francis, and his extraordinary tenure thus far.

Religion & Spirituality
March 3
Oxford University Press
The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Oxford trading as Oxford University Press

Customer Reviews

Texana ,

Stop Doing This!

Stop updating the book by a few pages and then selling it separately. Just add the update to the original edition. Give the update to those who bought it already. It's an easy thing to do with eBooks. Offer only the new edition to new customers, instead of multiple editions mixed in the market. This is possible. Good publishers who want to keep customers do it! I was planning on finishing the two I've already bought and then getting a couple more. Now, I'm frustrated to see the new updates. Thanks for leaving me out. I'm walking away because of this.

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