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Roman Catholicism

Selected Books

Byron, William J.
One Faith, Many Faithful: Short Takes on Contemporary Catholic Concerns
William Byron, a Jesuit, is a university professor of business and society at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, a syndicated columnist and the author of many books on issues of concern to today's Catholic. Here he covers health care, finance reform, the future of catholic schools, caring for the elderly, abortion, abuse scandals in the church, business management, the economy, and the very welfare of our society.
Caruso, Michael P.
When the Sisters Said Farewell: The Transition of Leadership in Catholic Elementary Schools
From 1960 to 1980, women religious (nuns) left Catholic schools as educators and were replaced by lay persons. Caruso describes how and why the sisters left.
The Catholic Church
BX1795.S48 C37 2011
Part of the Greenhaven Press Opposing Viewpoints Series, this volume discusses the celibacy of priests, gays and women in the priesthood, gay marriage, homosexuality, birth control and embryonic stem-cell research.
Donohue, William
Why Catholicism Matters: Celebrating the Importance of the Faith
BV4645.D654 2012x
Donohue, the president of the Catholic League, reminds readers of the great wealth of charity and wisdom that exists in the Catholic tradition and explores the four Cardinal Virtues--prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance.
Noonan Jr., James-Charles
The Church Visible: The Ceremonial Life and Protocol of the Roman Catholic Church
BX1969 .N66 2012
Filled with detailed information (What is a zucchetto and who wears one? Why do cardinals have their title in the middle of their names? How do the Knights of Malta serve in the modern Church?), it's also a reference for scholars, journalists, and anyone in business or government who has practical dealings with the Church.
Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: A Decade of Crisis, 2002-2012
BX1912.9.S387 2011
Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: A Decade of Crisis, 2002-2012 is a thoughtful, multidisciplinary commentary. Beginning when the scandal first broke in Boston in 2002, this work offers a wide range of opinion, both positive and negative, on what has been done in the ensuing ten years to stop and prevent such abuse.
Wuerl, Donald W.
Seek First the Kingdom: Challenging the Culture by Living Our Catholic Faith
BX1753.W84 2012x
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, born in Pittsburgh, makes the case that Catholics do not have the option of absenting themselves from the world, taking refuge in a completely private spirituality. As citizens of two worlds, it is precisely within the context of our faith that we can play a decisive role in transforming American society while furthering the goals of the kingdom of God.
Zagano, Phyllis
Women in Ministry: Emerging Questions about the Diaconate
When Pope Paul VI implemented the decision of the Second Vatican Council to renew the diaconate as a permanent order of ministry, he asked the logical question: "What about women deacons?" That question continues to be asked throughout the Church as the possibility of restoring women to the diaconate emerges more and more as a pressing answer to the ministerial needs of the Church

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Web Sites

  • Vatican: The Holy See
    The Vatican offers an online Bible in English, Italian, Latin, and Spanish; the Catechism of the Catholic Church in English, French, German, Italian, Latin, Latvian, Portuguese, Spanish; news and many informational resources.
  • United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
    On their website, you can search the New American Bible, the Catechism, their Movie Reviews, and Publications.
  • American Catholic
    Find Roman Catholic Saints, Catholic Church Questions and Catholic News. From the Franciscans and St.Anthony Messenger Press.
  • Catholic Digest
    Written for the general audience and published 9 times per year, each issue contains ways to connect faith with everyday life.
  • Catholic Education Resource Center (CERC)
    The online resource center for Catholic faith and culture. It offers articles on controversial topics like abortion, euthanasia, feminism and sexuality.
  • Catholic News Agency
    A nonprofit news agency that provides free, up-to-the-minute news affecting the Universal Church, giving particular emphasis to the words of the Holy Father and happenings of the Holy See. Affiliated with the Spanish language new agency ACI Prensa.
  • EWTN Global Catholic Network
    Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), broadcasting from Alabama, is the largest religious media network in the world. Their website contains a huge collection of Catholic documents online (look under "library".
  • Franciscan Friars
    An order of brothers and priests inspired by the 13th-century example of St. Francis of Assisi.
  • Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR)
    The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is an association of the leaders of congregations of Catholic women religious (nuns) in the United States. The conference has more than 1500 members, who represent more than 80 percent of the 57,000 women religious in the United States.
  • Little Sisters of the Poor
    A community of Women Religious dedicated exclusively to the service of the elderly poor.
  • National Catholic Reporter
    "The National Catholic Reporter Publishing Company provides an independent voice within the church. Its publications value an open and honest expression of faith and are guided by commitments of justice, peace, and a sustainable world." It is a nonprofit corporation.
  • Roman Catholic Womenpriests
    A controversial movement by a group of Roman Catholic women whose goal is to bring about the full equality of women in the Roman Catholic Church, including ordination of women into the priesthood.
  • Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
    Sisters of Mercy are an international community of Roman Catholic women religious vowed to serve people who suffer from poverty, sickness and lack of education with a special concern for women and children.
  • Sisters of the Humility of Mary
    A community of Roman Catholic women religious dedicated to works of peacemaking, justice, and care for Earth through education, health care, social service, and pastoral ministry.

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  • Pennsylvania Catholic Conference
    The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference (PCC) is the public affairs arm of Pennsylvania's Catholic bishops and the 10 Catholic dioceses of Pennsylvania.
  • Whispers in the Loggia
    Rocco Palmo of Philadelphia has taken the role of "Church Whisperer" since 2004 with this blog. In 2012, he was named an at-large member of the Pastoral Council of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.