History of the Catholic Church - A Terrific Resouce


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Today feels like a very historic day for our Church. This morning, we witnessed the first official “tweet” from the newly-minted @Pontifex Twitter account (read a recap here), marking a new phase in the New Evangelization as Pope Benedict XVI engages with the Faithful via social networking. Today, I’m thrilled to share a terrific resource for anyone interested in learning more about the history of our Church. Check out History of the Catholic Church: From the Apostolic Age to the Third Millennium by James Hitchcock, Ph.D. The book releases on 12/19 but is available now for pre-order and would make an amazing gift for any reader on your Christmas list. LMH

Turning the Pages of Catholic History

James Hitchcock offers readable, compelling story of the Church 

History of the Catholic Church

SAN FRANCISCO, DEC. 11, 2012 – “Men are surprised by each new turn of the pages of the book of history.” With those words, esteemed historian James Hitchcock introduces readers to HISTORY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH – from the Apostolic Age to the Third Millennium. The new book is available now from Ignatius Press.

Hitchcock, a leading commentator on the Catholic Church in America and longtime professor of history at St. Louis University, maps a fascinating journey of discovery. HISTORY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH transports readers from Jesus’ call of the apostles and the birth of the Catholic Church, through the struggles of saints and sinners, the rise and fall of empires, the contributions of great Catholic thinkers and the holy lives of simple believers, to the Church’s place today as the longest-enduring social institution in human history. From Peter to Benedict XVI, Hitchcock recounts the divine and human drama of that great community of diverse believers known as the Catholic Church.

“While in every age the Church demonstrates her power to transform the world,” Hitchcock writes, “the moral weaknesses of both her leaders and her members are at the same time both a scandal and an ironic witness to her divine character – mere men could never have accomplished the good that the Church has achieved over two millennia. Left entirely to men, the Church ought to have perished at many points in her long history.”

James Hitchcock, Ph.D.

Hitchcock is an able historian and superb writer, combining keen historical judgment with an entertaining and readable style. He surveys the grand sweep of Church history and the culture-shaping role the Church has played in world history. Only a historian of outstanding skill and intellectual stature could cover such a vast topic with such style, insight, and profound judgment.

This is no mere “historical textbook;” it’s a rich, adventurous true-story told in just as rich a fashion. HISTORY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH is a compellingly hard-to-put-down book, more like an engrossing novel than a “history book.”

Endorsements of HISTORY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH already are impressive.

“To love the Church, we must understand her history,” said Timothy Cardinal Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “As Blessed Pope John XXIII remarked, ‘History is our best teacher.’ Thank you, Dr. Hitchcock, for this timeless gift to the Church for the Year of Faith.”

“If you want an unforgettable account of the fullness and drama of the Christian story, read this book,” said Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia.

“The book is well-written,” said Glenn W. Olsen, emeritus professor of history at the University of Utah. “It is not burdened down with details or many footnotes, but is attached to a strong narrative line centering on meaning.”

“History is indeed the war of good against evil,” Hitchcock writes, “but the progress of that war is hidden from human eyes.” Nevertheless, HISTORY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH provides mere mortals a revealing glimpse into the shape of the war’s course.

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Copyright 2012 Lisa M. Hendey


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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. She blogs at multiple online venues including Patheos. Her articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and the Catholic Press Association tour of Israel as a guest of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism. Hendey lives with her family in the Diocese of Fresno, California.

1 Comment

  1. Looks interesting. I started reading Triump: The Power and the Glory of the Catholic Church b H.W. Crocker and I am only 1/2 way throught that one. However I am wondering if this book you have spoken about will be available on kindle. Do you have any idea?

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