Catholicism Series, Introduction to

Hosea 4:6: "My people have been silent because they had no knowledge"

Catholicism is a series of concise articles on a comprehensive set of essential Catholic topics. The articles, some 300 words each, anchor Catholic concepts with precise definitions and related Catholic teaching. A touch of theology is added for depth while striving for simplicity. The goal is for Catholics to learn the One True Faith in authentically Catholic terms.

For certitude, the articles have key points linked to the following authoritative sources: Magisterial teaching of popes and councils; Sacred Scripture; Code of Canon Law; Summa Theologica; Catechism of the Catholic Church; approved writings of Saints, especially the Fathers and Doctors of the Church; and approved catechisms. These sources not only lend certitude to the doctrine contained in each article but also puts readers in touch with authoritative sources so they can dig even deeper.

Each article's topic is literally the title and listed alphabetically so individual topics can be located readily. Similar concepts are grouped together by title to foster systematic learning of the whole series. A designated search feature will be added so minor Catholic terms, not in the titles, can also be found.

Cardinal Raymond Burke, former prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, at a 2016 conference in Rome quoted the famous catechist Fr. John Hardon S.J.: "Catholicism is in the throes of the worst crisis in its entire history." The cardinal added: 

Fr. Hardon knew that the necessary strong Catholic witness depends essentially upon the right understanding of the Faith and its demands provided by sound catechesis. He saw how decades of a thin and even false catechesis had created a situation in which many Catholics ... were left in confusion and error regarding the most fundamental tenets of the Catholic faith and of the moral law.

In these articles, Church Militant is providing objective catechesis so that Catholics will persevere and even flourish during the crisis of faith that has engulfed many in the Church.

Get introduced to the timeless Catholic Church founded by Christ in Season One of Church Militant's Premium show The One True Faith: Revisited—The Church: The Same Yesterday, Today and Forever.

Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th. is a staff writer for ChurchMilitant.com.

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