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Author:  Msgr. Laurence J. Spiteri, JCD, PhD
Copyright: 2008
First Printed: 09-04-2008

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This very short introduction to the history of the Catholic Church covers the centuries from the inception of the Catholic Church when Jesus entrusted the keys of the Kingdom to St. Peter to the eve of the Council of Trent in 1545. As a quick overview of these years the work introduces us to saints and sinners, to the authentic doctrine of the Church and to the heresies which have sought to men and women and rejection of the Church on the part of many others. Upheaval on the spiritual and temporal levels, the successes and failures of Popes and secular rulers, the compromises that were made and he clashes which were inevitable as a result, the humility and personal ambitions of many, the struggle for peace on the part of a few in the midst of countless and wars and acts of rebellion are all part of the narrative to be found in these pages. The history of the Catholic Church is marked by ups and downs, sin and bad judgment, constant in the end a determination to fulfill God’s will no matter what – all these indicating how the finger of God has guided and continues to guide His People still in the midst of worldly travail.


About the Author: Monsignor Laurence J. Spiteri PhD JCD is presently in charge of the legal office of the Vatican Apostolic Library and a judge on the Court of Appeals for the Roman See. The author of the Ten Commandments: A Positive Approach Toward Catholic Morality, Lifestyle and Attitude (ST PAULS / Alba House, 2007) and The Code in the Hands of the Laity: Canon Law for Everyone (ST PAULS / Alba House, 1997), he has likewise authored a number of publications in a variety of languages and is the translator into English of the very fine work of Cardinal Pierre Philippe, The Virgin Mary and the Priesthood (ST PAULS / Alba House, 1993).


Book: 230 pages
ISBN-10: 0-8189-1273-1
ISBN-13: 978-0-818

 

 

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Church historyAt Your Fingertips: A History of the Roman Catholic Church Until the Council of Trent" is a very short introduction to the history of the Catholic Church covering the centuries from the inception of the Catholic Church when Jesus entrusted the keys of the Kingdom to St. Peter to the eve of the Council of Trent in 1545. As a quick overview of these years the work introduces us to saints and sinners, to the authentic doctrine of the Church and to the heresies which have sought to undermine it. Written by Msgr. Laurence J. Spiteri JCD PhD the book speaks of the commitment of countless dedicated men and women and the rejection of the Church on the part of many others. Upheaval on the spiritual and temporal levels, the successes and failures of Popes and secular rulers, the compromises that were made and the clashes which were inevitable as a result, the humility and personal ambitions of many, the struggle for peace on the part of a few in the midst of countless wars and acts of rebellion are all part of the narrative to be found in these pages. The history of the Catholic Church is marked by ups and downs, sins and bad judgment, constant efforts at renewal, ongoing attempts to find the proper balance, and in the end a determination to fulfill God's will no matter what -- all indicating how the fingerof God has guided and continues to guide His People still in the midst of worldly travail. --Crux of the News, January 26, 2009

 

          This book's orientation and objective are carried out professionally in such a way that, assisted by an unpretentious, fluid and practical style, render its reading attractive and persuasive. The author states his objectives in the Preface and makes his own, so to speak, the motto of the famous Franch historian, Jean Chelini, who stated that, "the Church does not need an apology but truth" (L'Eglise sous Pie XII, Paris: Fayard, 1983, cited as an epigraph). I sincerely wish that this little volume, which is thick in its contents, be read by many, especially the young, so that they will come to know what has happened over fifteen centuries (down to the Council of Trent) in the history of the Church to which institution they belong. I hope that the readers will approach this history with the same objectivity with which this historian presents his writing, and with the same excitement and curiosity of one who reads one's own family history and surprisingly discovers one's own identity therein. --Cardinal Raffaele Farina, Cardinal Librarian of the Roman Church, Archivist of the Vatican Secret Archives, March 1, 2008, Vatican City, as cited in the Introduction

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