The Catholic Church: What Everyone Needs to Know® by John L. Allen

By John L. Allen

Roman Catholicism stands at a crossroads, a vintage ''best of instances, worst of times'' second. at the one hand, the Catholic Church continues to be via a ways the biggest department of the global Christian relations, and is turning out to be at a amazing clip. but the Church has additionally been rocked via a chain of scandals relating to the sexual abuse of minors via clergy, and, much more devastating, the cover-up through the Church hierarchy. The decade-long predicament has taken an incredible monetary toll, however the blow to either the inner morale and the exterior ethical status of the Church has been even steeper. this day, the Church has huge, immense residual energy and intriguing destiny clients, but additionally faces steep inner and exterior demanding situations. The query of ''whither Catholicism'' is of significant public relevance, for believers and non-believers alike. In The Catholic Church: What every person must Know®, John L. Allen, Jr., one of many world's prime specialists at the Vatican, deals an authoritative and available advisor to the prior, current, and way forward for the Church.

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Often, it’s as simple as being born into it. In a family, people don’t get to pick their parents or siblings, yet most end up loving them. Many Catholics feel the same way. Fr. Andrea Gallo, for instance, is an eighty-four-year-old Italian priest who’s achieved celebrity status for challenging Church teaching: he’s advocated the legalization of drugs (once smoking a joint in public as part of a protest), aligned himself with the Italian Communists, and openly supported the Gay Pride movement. During a 2012 TV interview, Gallo was asked why he didn’t simply leave the Church.

Through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered, died, and was buried. On the third day he rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

Argentina: 34 million Based on projections from the United Nations Population Division, here’s what that list should look like in 2050: 1. Brazil: 215 million 2. Mexico: 132 million The Catholic Church 101 35 3. Philippines: 105 million 4. United States: 99 million 5. Democratic Republic of Congo: 97 million 6. Uganda: 56 million 7. France: 49 million 8. Italy: 49 million 9. Nigeria: 47 million 10. 1 million Are the clergy distributed the same way? The Church’s new demography really isn’t reflected in the clerical ranks.

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