Author: Archbishop Patrick John Ryan
Many good people reject the Catholic Church for what they consider to be its absurd teachings. In these pages, Archbishop Patrick John Ryan shows that these souls are mistaken not in condemning absurd teachings, but in believing those teachings to be Catholic.
Archbishop Ryan considers the most common charges levied against Catholicism, showing that not only are those scorned doctrines not Catholic, they're condemned by the Church! Here are just a few of the common misconceptions that are corrected in this book:
- That the Church claims to endow its priests with the power of forgiveness a power reserved to God alone
- That Catholics believe inanimate objects (such as relics and holy water) can perform miracles
- That Catholics pray as well to statues, images, and relics, offering them worship that belongs to God alone
- And a many more surprising charges!
This book is no catechism nor is it meant to be; reading it won't make a person Catholic. But it will expel from the minds of fair-minded souls scores of popular misconceptions about the Church ones that have for too long served as impediments to persons genuinely yearning for full communion with Christ.
paperback, 4.9 x 0.4 x 6.8 inches, originally published 1878, republished 2016, 112 pages