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Author: Fr Bill Bausch
6 X 9" -- 480 pages
From background and beginnings, through the early Church, through the Renaissance and Reformation, to the post-Vatican era, here William Bausch takes readers on an enjoyable and comprehensive journey into the Catholic Church.
The lives of people, the hopes of communities, the fears and courage of leaders are all here in this balanced portrait of history, philosophy, and theology. These are arranged against the backdrop of social and cultural factors that influenced and helped shape the course of events within the life of the church.
As Bausch states in his introduction: "The more I listen to people, the more I realize how wide is the gap between their understanding of the Church and the Church's historical realities." He seeks to close this gap by critically exploring such areas as the rich variety of ministries in the early church; the crusades; the piety of the Middle ages; the challenge of the Reformation; the role of the pope; the rise, fall, and recent reinstatement of the deaconate; the changing role of women in the church, and the origins of various liturgies and popular customs.
Written in a style that is easy to read and designed for study, Pilgrim Church contains a comprehensive index and bibliography. Whether you read this book for personal enrichment or in the context of group study, it offers a clear, useful, and enlightening pilgrimage through the history of Catholic Christianity.
A WONDERFUL REVIEW FOR THIS BOOK:
"It's always a pleasure to read Father Bill Bausch's books because he instills even the most complex topics with vibrant new life. Pilgrim Church is no exception. His insights, humor, and practical considerations make reading church history a pleasure."
--Gwen Costello, author of Blessed Are You: A Prayerbook for Catholics