Preface 1: From Pentecost to Christopher Columbus (AD 30-1492) 2: From Christopher Columbus to date (1492-2016) 3: Catholics on God and the human condition 4: The sacraments and the Catholic Church 5: Catholic moral life and teaching 6: Characteristics of Catholicism 7: The future of Catholicism Further Reading Timeline Index
Gerald O'Collins, SJ, PhD (Cantab.) is Adjunct Professor of the Australian Catholic University, a research fellow of the University of Divinity (Melbourne), and Professor Emeritus of the Gregorian University (Rome), where he taught for 33 years and also served as Dean of the Faculty of Theology. He has written or co-written 67 books, including Catholicism: The Story of Catholic Christianity (OUP, 2004), Salvation for All (OUP, 2008), and The Second Vatican Council on Other Religions (OUP, 2013). He has authored hundreds of articles in professional and popular journals, and lectured at many universities and colleges worldwide. In 2006 he was created a Companion of the General Division of the Order of Australia (AC), the highest civil honour granted through the Australian government.
This is an excellent little book which reveals the heart of Catholicism, written by a theologian steeped in the vision of Vatican II and Pope Francis. It would be important reading not only by those who do not profess this faith but also by all those who do. * Jean Vanier, Founder of L'Arche *