Item description for Catholicism: New Study Edition--Completely Revised and Updated by Richard P. McBrien...
Overview Examines the character of the contemporary Catholic Church, the roots of the present crisis in Catholicism, and the Catholic doctrines concerning human existence, Jesus Christ, Christian existence, and the nature and mission of the Church
A new study edition of the classic that has sold over 150,000 copies.
Citations And Professional Reviews Catholicism: New Study Edition--Completely Revised and Updated by Richard P. McBrien has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Library Journal - 06/01/1994 page 114
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.21" Width: 6.13" Height: 2.2" Weight: 3.1 lbs.
Release Date May 19, 1994
ISBN 0060654058 ISBN13 9780060654054 UPC 099455036009
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More About Richard P. McBrien
Richard P. McBrien is Crowley-O'Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. Educated at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, he has also served as president of the Catholic Theological Society of America. A leading authority on Catholicism, he is the bestselling author of Catholicism, Lives of the Popes, and Lives of the Saints, as well as the general editor of The HarperCollins Encyclopedia of Catholicism. Most recently a consultant for ABC News, McBrien offers regular commentary on all the major television networks. He is also a prizewinning syndicated columnist in the Catholic press.
Richard P. McBrien currently resides in South Bend, in the state of Indiana.
Reviews - What do customers think about Catholicism: New Study Edition--Completely Revised and Updated?
Excellent resource May 31, 2008
This is probably the best single volume on Catholicism. Anyone who is serious about wanting to understand this faith should read this.
Biased Apr 22, 2008
If your looking for a non biased history of Catholicism this isn't it. Fr. McBrien is a well known dissident who doesn't believe in the sacred ministry or the unique aspects of the Church. He disagrees with traditional liturgy, supports womens ordination and all the other liberal causes. He is a well known critic of Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI and this book shows that bias. Avoid this ideological tome, and seek out a non biased book.
Something Wicked This Way Comes Feb 1, 2008
My apologies to Ray Bradbury for nicking one of his titles for my headline, but Richard McBrien's "Catholicism" is certainly closer to science fiction than it is to being a true exposition of the Catholic faith. That this book should be considered useful a teaching tool in any catechetical setting is regrettable. The book has no Nihil Obstat, which guarantees a publication is free from doctrinal or moral error, nor does it have an Imprimatur from any bishop, which grants permission for a book to be published. This alone should disqualify "Catholicism" from being used in any Catholic university, grammar or high school, or parish faith formation program. The fact is that Richard McBrien's "Catholicism" has been rejected by the doctrinal board of the US Bishop's Conference on more than one occasion, the last being in 1996. The committee found inaccuracies in the text that forced the board's members to strongly question the book's suitablity as an introductory text on the Catholic faith. Uncorrected ambiguities in the third edition that caused concern included the book's treatment of the Blessed Mother's perpetual virginity & its suggestion that Jesus Christ, true God & true man, could have sinned (we all know that Scripture tells us that He was like us in all things except sin.) All of this information is easily accessible on the web. Also disturbing is McBrien's heavy reliance on theologians well known to be strong dissenters from the accepted teachings of the Church's Magisterium. It is a clear fact that Hans Kung & Charles Curran, two McBrien favorites, lost their licenses to teach in Catholic institutions due the their dissenting views. If you want a sure norm for teaching the faith, as Pope John Paul II would have suggested, than simply go to Catechism of the Catholic Church: Second Edition. If a more accessible presentation of Church teaching is desired, then select Catholic Christianity: A Complete Catechism of Catholic Beliefs Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church by noted & loyal Catholic author Peter Kreeft. This book was granted an Imprimatur by William Cardinal Leveda, the current Prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith when His Eminence was still Archbishop of San Francisco (recall once again that Richard McBrien's "Catholicism" has no Imprimatur.) In any event, do not use "Catholicism" as a true expression of what the Catholic Church actually teaches. To say that McBrien's book is a solid representation of what Holy Mother Church has always taught, and continues to teach today is, at best, wishful thinking on the part of the crowd that has granted this text iconic status; at worst, it can be argued that such a claim is a possible step on the way scandalizing the faithful who might read the book, or even a possible first step on the slippery slope to heresy.
great book, but controversial Jan 3, 2008
This book, written by a well known Catholic priest professor, first came out as a two volume set without specific approval by the Church. The Study Edition, which I have, came out later as one volume, and received conditional approval from the local bishop. Space is given to non-catholic as well as catholic writers, which some church authorities felt could confuse catholic readers. The study of God and the soul is such a profound study that some controversy and perhaps confusion is understandable. But it is a deep and significant history of Catholicism.
NO Imprimatur! Catholics AVOID! Huge Stumbling Block! Jan 6, 2007
Hi Any Catholic should make sure any book regarding doctrine has an Imprimatur which is an official declaration from the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church that a literary or similar work is free from error in matters of Roman Catholic doctrine and morals, and hence acceptable reading for faithful Roman Catholics either or both a Nihil Obstat or Imprimi potest. This book has NONE SUCH ergo it may be full or heresies and or stumbling blocks for Catholics and I experienced quite a few in a brief time I spent with it and hope I can save any Catholics out there from wasting time or money.
Catholic or not you can do your self much better with many other books. My favorite is Peter Kreeft's Catholic Christianity available right here at this site and with Imprimatur!
Try some Thomas Merton or St. Augustine's "Confessions". Thomas a'Kempis Imitation Of Christ..and countless others. Of course the official "Catechism Of The Catholic Church" is straight from the horses mouth so any questions may be referred there.
But please this book varies from worthless to dangerous! I'm throwing away my copy and won't allow anyone to be stumbles by Mr McBreins poor work and be responsible for confusing anyone.
I'll leave you with a verse from Luke that sums it up for me regarding this book: Luke 11:52 " Woe to you lawyers, for you have taken away the key of knowledge. You yourselves have not entered in: and those that were entering in, you have hindered."