NEW EDITION OF THE CATHOLIC CLASSIC WHY DO CATHOLICS DO THIS? ANSWERS PERSISTENT QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CHURCH
Postscripts added to each chapter answer many perennial questions to expand understanding of the Catholic Church in all its complexity and spirit, its influence on cultural norms, and its place in America today. “Most books about the Church focus on feelings,” Johnson says. “But it’s information – good, clear information – that’s really empowering. Faith depends on knowledge, and knowledge enables you to make better decisions in life.”
The book also promises cultural enrichment in its answers to questions about Catholic art, architecture, literature, music, devotional practices and all. “Understanding the meaning and purpose of the Church’s intellectual contributions,” Johnson says, “allows you to connect your life to a meaningful past and organize things for a positive future.” Even outside of matters of doctrine, he says, this is how the Church provides stability and clarity in an increasingly unstable and confusing world.
Johnson also stresses the responsibility of lay Catholics to correct abuses. “We are the Church,” he said: “the clergy work for us. You don’t leave your Church because of a few bad priests. You don’t leave Jesus because Judas did.
Pope John Paul II simplified the Code of Canon Law specifically to help Americans prosecute wayward clergymen in Church courts, Johnson says. “It’s like a business letter. Consult canons 1501 to 1506 for guidance and send your letter to the Congregation for Divine Worship for liturgical irregularities, to the Congregation for the Clergy for the personal faults of priests and to the Congregation for Bishops for non-compliance with these infractions. . They are all at the Palazzo delle Congregazioni, Piazza Pio XII 10, 00120 Città del Vaticano.”
Why do Catholics do this? is available in bookstores nationwide and by direct order at whydocatholicsdothat.org.
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