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"Authentic teaching is not that invented by intellectuals over and above the simple faith of the Church. The true Gospel is the one imparted by the bishops who received it from the Apostles in an uninterrupted chain. They taught no more than this simple faith, which is also the real profundity of God's revelation. There is no secret doctrine behind the shared creed of the Church, there is no superior form of Christianity for intellectuals. ...The transmission of apostolic tradition "does not depend upon the capacity of more or less learned men." It is "pneumatic," guided by the Holy Spirit "which makes the Church alive and young, rich in her many charisms. " - Pope Benedict XVI on 28 March 2007 [read here]
On The Eucharist As The Source And Summit Of The Church's Life And Mission - Pope Benedict XVI (22 February 2007) [read here]
Just As I Have Loved You, You Also Should Love One Another - Pope Benedict XVI (27 January 2007) [read here]
Children And The Media, A Challenge For Education - Pope Benedict XVI given (24 January 2007) [read here]
The Human Person, The Heart Of Peace - Pope Benedict XVI (8 December 2006) [read here]
They Shall Look On Him Whom They Have Pierced - Pope Benedict XVI (21 November 2006) [read here]
Charity, Soul Of The Mission - Pope Benedict XVI (29 April 2006) [read here]
On Christian Love - Pope Benedict XVI (25 December 2005) [read here]
All writings by Pope Benedict XVI [read here]
All writings by Pope John Paul II [read here]
All writings by Pope Benedict XVI, Pope John Paul II, Pope John Paul I, Pope Paul IV, Pope John XXIII, Pope Pius XII, Pope Pius XI, Pope Benedict XV, Pope Pius X and Pope Leo XIII [read here]
Writings of St Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei [click here]
Ascent Of Mount Carmel by St John of the Cross [read here]
Dark Night of the Soul by St John of the Cross [read here]
Dialog of Catherine of Siena by St Catherine of Siena [read here]
Interior Castle by St Teresa of Avila [read here]
Loving God by St Bernard of Clairvaux [read here]
Spiritual Exercises by St Ignatius of Loyola [read here]
Summa Theologica by St Thomas Aquinas [read here]
Way of Perfection by St Teresa of Avila [read here]
Imitation of Christ by Thomas Kempis [read here]
Sinner's Guide by Venerable Louis of Granada [read here]. St. Teresa of Avila stated that this work of Venerable Louis converted over 1,000,000 souls in her day. She, along with St. John of the Cross, St. Francis de Sales, St. Charles Borromeo, St. Vincent de Paul, and St. Rose of Lima, all counted it among their favorite spiritual books.
Writings of Blaise Pascal. Pensees [read here]. Blaise Pascal (1623 -1662) was a French mathematician, physicist, and religious philosopher. He was a child prodigy who was educated by his father. Pascal's earliest work was in the natural and applied sciences where he made important contributions to the construction of mechanical calculators, the study of fluids, and clarified the concepts of pressure and vacuum. He was a mathematician of the first order. Following a mystical experience in late 1654, he abandoned his scientific work and devoted himself to philosophy and theology.
Writings of Cardinal John Henry Newman. Collection [read here]. Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890) was an English Anglican convert to Roman Catholicism, later made a cardinal, and in 1991 proclaimed 'Venerable'. In early life he was a major figure in the Oxford Movement to bring the Church of England back to its Catholic roots. Eventually his studies in history persuaded him to become a Roman Catholic.
Writings of Peter Kreeft. Collection [read here]. Peter Kreeft is a Catholic apologist for Christianity, professor of philosophy at Boston College and The King's College, and author of over 45 books including Fundamentals of the Faith, Everything you Ever Wanted to Know about Heaven, and Back to Virtue. His ideas draw heavily from religious and philosophical tradition, especially Thomas Aquinas, Socrates, G.K. Chesterton and C.S. Lewis.
Writings of the Church Fathers can be found at Faithful Christians [click here] and at New Advent [click here] and at Stay Catholic [click here] and at Christifideles Pizza And Theology Society [click here].
The Church Fathers or Fathers of the Church are the early and influential theologians and writers in the Christian church, particularly those of the first five centuries of Christian history. The term means specifically writers and teachers of the Church, not saints in general; usually it is not meant to include the New Testament authors.
For the documents issued by the the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, please click here (for the online documents published on its official website) or click here (from Giga-Catholic Information).
Founded in 1542 by Pope Paul III with the Constitution "Licet ab initio," the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was originally called the Sacred Congregation of the Universal Inquisition as its duty was to defend the Church from heresy. It is the oldest of the Curia's nine congregations. Pope St. Pius X in 1908 changed the name to the Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office. It received its current name in 1965 with Pope Paul VI. Today, according to Article 48 of the Apostolic Constitution on the Roman Curia, Pastor Bonus [ click here for the full text], promulgated by the Holy Father John Paul II on June 28, 1988, "the duty proper to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is to promote and safeguard the doctrine on the faith and morals throughout the Catholic world: for this reason everything which in any way touches such matter falls within its competence".
Catechism of the Catholic Church (1992) [click here] - approved on 25 June 1992 and published on 11 October 1992 by virtue of the Apostolic Authority of Pope John Paul II, is a statement of the Church's faith and of catholic doctrine, attested to or illumined by Sacred Scripture, the Apostolic Tradition and the Church's Magisterium and is declared by Pope John Paul II it to be a sure norm for teaching the faith and thus a valid and legitimate instrument for ecclesial communion.
Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (2005) [click here] - an accessible and comprehensive summary of the Catechism in the form of a dialogue between a catechist and a listener.
Catechism of the Council of Trent (or Roman Catechism or Catechism of St Pius V) (1566) [click here] or [click here] - issued by by order of Pope Pius V in 1566 as a work sanctioned by the authority of the Council, from which pastors and all others on whom the duty of imparting instruction devolves, may be able to seek and find reliable matter for the edification of the faithful; that, as there is one Lord, one faith, there may also be one standard and prescribed form of propounding the dogmas of faith, and instructing Christians in all the duties of piety.
Catechetical Instructions of St Thomas Aquinas (1273) [click here] or [click here] - used generally throughout the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries as manuals and text-books for priests and teachers of religion.
Catechism of St Pius X (1904) [click here] - a simple, plain, brief, popular catechism for uniform use throughout the whole world and directed to the layman.
Catechetical Lectures of St Cyril of Jerusalem (386) [click here] - a very early catechism.
Catechizing the Uninstructed by St Augustine of Hippo (400) [click here]
Baltimore Catechism - Baltimore Catechism Complete 1891 [click here] and Baltimore Catechism Basic 1885 [click here] - a catechism of Christian doctrine, prepared and enjoined by Order of the Third Council of Baltimore, the de facto standard Catholic school text in the United States from 1885 to 1960.
Catholic Answers [click here] | Faithful Christians [click here] | Stay Catholic [click here] | Catholic Biblical Apologetics [click here] | Catholic Apologetics International [click here] | Our Catholic Faith [click here] | The Catholic Legate [click here] | Peter Kreeft [click here]
Catholic Culture Library [click here] | Catholic Educator's Resource Center [click here] | Catholic Treasury [click here] | Catholic Primer [click here] | EWTN [click here] | His Mercy E-Books [click here] | Good Catholic Books [click here] |
It’s incredible how long science has succeeded in keeping men’s minds off their fundamental unhappiness and its own very limited power to remedy their fundamental unhappiness. One marvel follows another — electric light, phonograph, motor car, telephone, radio, airplane, television. It’s a curious list, and very pathetic. The soul of man is crying for hope of purpose or meaning; and the scientist says, "Here is a telephone" or "Look, television!" — exactly as one tries to distract a baby crying for its mother by offering it sugar-sticks and making funny faces. - Frank Sheed
It is no disgrace to Christianity, it is no disgrace to any great religion, that its counsels of perfection have not made every single person perfect - GK Chesterton
Let us weigh the gain and the loss in wagering that God is. Let us estimate these two chances. If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager, then, without hesitation that He is - Section 233 Pensees by Blaise Pascal.
Who has most reason to fear hell: he who is in ignorance whether there is a hell, and who is certain of damnation if there is; or he who certainly believes there is a hell and hopes to be saved if there is? - Section 239, Pensees by Blaise Pascal