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Studies of Specific Topics

 

Catholic Tradition, Authority and Doctrinal Development  

 

Back To Virtue: Traditional Moral Wisdom for Modern Moral Confusion, by Peter Kreeft. Ignatius Press; (October 1992).
By What Authority?: An Evangelical Discovers Catholic Tradition, by Mark Shea. Our Sunday Visitor; (September 1996).
An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, by John Henry Cardinal Newman. Univ of Notre Dame Pr; Reissue edition (January 1990).
Jesus, Peter & the Keyes: A Scriptural Handbook on the Papacy, Edited by Scott Butler, et al. Queenship Pub Co; (April 1997).
The Teachings of the Church Fathers, edited by John R. Willis, S.J. Ignatius Press; New edition (October 1, 2002).
Where We Got the Bible: Our Debt to the Catholic Church, by Henry G. Graham. Tan Books & Publishers, Inc.; Reprint edition (January 1994) . 

 

Ecclesiology  

 

Called to Communion: Understanding The Church Today, by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. Ignatius Press; (March 1996).
Splendor of the Church, by Henri De Lubac. Ignatius Press; (May 1993). 

 

Christology

 

The Real Jesus: The Misguided Quest for the Historical Jesus and Truth of the Traditional Gospels, by Luke Timothy Johnson. Harper San Francisco; ; Reprint edition (February 1997).
The Lord, by Romano Guardini. Gateway Editions; Reissue edition (January 25, 1982).

 

Ecumenism and Religious Pluralism  

 

The Primacy of the Bishop of Rome and the Ecumenical Dialogue, by Adriano Garuti. Ignatius Press (December 30, 2004).
The Spirit and Forms of Protestantism, by Louis Bouyer. Scepter Pubs (January, 2001).
The Russian Church and the Papacy, by Vladimir Soloviev. Edited by Fr. Ray Ryland Catholic Answers, 2001.
 

The Liturgy  

 

Ceremonies of the Modern Roman Rite, Msgr. Peter Elliot, - Ignatius Press

Liturgical Question BoxMsgr. Peter Elliot, - Ignatius Press

Dictionary of the Liturgy, Rev. Jovian P. Lang, OFM, - Catholic Book Publishing Co.Eucharist: Theology and Spirituality of the Eucharist, by Louis Bouyer. Univ of Notre Dame Pr; (December 1968).
Mass Confusion: The Do's & Don'ts of Catholic Worship, by James Akin. Catholic Answers; Second Expanded edition (January 1, 1999) 

 

Mary and the Saints

 

Mary of Nazareth, by Kenneth Howell. Queenship Publishing Company; (January 1998).
Roses, Fountains, & Gold: The Virgin Mary in History, Art, and Apparition, John Martin, -
Ignatius Press

Theotokos -Woman-Mother-Disciple, Pope John Paul II, - Daughters of St. Paul

All generations shall call me Blessed: Biblical Mariology (Studies and texts), Stefano M Manelli, - Academy of the Immaculate.
Introduction to Mary, Mark Miraville, - Queenship Publishing Co.
Hail Holy Queen, Scott Hahn, -
Doubleday Publishing

 

Apologetics (Catholic-Protestant Relations)  

 

Born Fundamentalist, Born-Again Catholic, by David Currie. Ignatius Press; (June 1996).
Catholicism and Fundamentalism: The Attack on "Romanism" by "Bible Christians", by Karl Keating. Ignatius Press; (May 1988).
Crossing the Tiber: Evangelical Protestants Discover the Historical Church, by Stephen K. Ray. Ignatius Press; (February 1997).
Catholic and Christian: An Explanation of Commonly Misunderstood Catholic Beliefs, by Alan Schreck. Servant Publications; (June 1984).
Evangelical is Not Enough: Worship of God in Liturgy and Sacrament, by Thomas Howard. Ignatius Press; (September 1988).
On Being Catholic, by Thomas Howard. Ignatius Press; (February 1997).
The Salvation Controversy, by James Akin. Catholic Answers, Inc. (2001).
 

Philosophy & Cultural Criticism  

 

The End of the Modern World, by Romano Guardini. ISI Books (April 1, 2001)
The Drama of Atheist Humanism, by Henri De Lubac. Ignatius Press (October 1, 1995).
Chance or the Dance: A Critique of Modern Secularism, by Thomas Howard. Ignatius Press (March 1, 1989). 

 

Essentials

 

Baltimore Catechism, Seraphim Company Inc. (November 1997).
Catechism of the Catholic Church United States Catholic Conference; 2nd edition (October 2000) .
Faith of the Early Fathers (Vol. 1), transl. by William A. Jurgens. Liturgical Press; (January 1998).
Faith of the Early Fathers (Vol. 2), transl. by William A. Jurgens. Liturgical Press; (January 1998).
Faith of the Early Fathers (Vol. 3), transl. by William A. Jurgens. Liturgical Press; (January 1998).
Vatican Council II: The Conciliar and Post-Conciliar Documents, edited by Austin P. Flannery. Costello Pub Co; 2nd edition (October 1996).

 

Basics of the Faith 

 

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Code of Canon Law -Canon Law Society of America

Basics of the Faith, Alan Schreck, -  Servant Publications
Essentials of the Faith
, Alfred McBride, - Our Sunday Visitor Publishing
Living the Catholic Faith: Rediscovering the Basics, Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., - Servant Publications
Yes or No: Straight Answers to Tough Questions About Christianity, Peter Kreeft, - Ignatius Press
Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth, Catholic Answers, - Catholic Answers
Where is that in the Bible, Patrick Madrid, - Our Sunday Visitor Publishing
Where is that in Tradition, Patrick Madrid, - Our Sunday Visitor Publishing
Pocket Catholic Dictionary, John A. Hardon, - Image Books Doubleday

Theology for Beginners, Frank Sheed, - Servant Publications
 

Introductions to Catholic Theology  

 

The Belief of Catholics, by Ronald Knox. Ignatius Press; (September 2000).
Catholic Christianity by Peter Kreeft. Ignatius Press; (July 2001).
Catholicism: Christ and the Common Destiny of Man, by Henri Cardinal de Lubac, S.J. Ignatius Press (November 1988).
Credo: Meditations on the Apostle's Creed, by Hans urs Von Balthasar. Ignatius Press (August 1, 2000).
Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma, by Ludwig Ott. Tan Books & Publishers, Inc.; (March 1992).
Fundamentals of the Faith: Essays in Christian Apologetics, by Peter Kreeft. Ignatius Press; (November 1988).
Introduction to Christianity, by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. Ignatius Press; (December 1990).
The Spirit of Catholicism, by Karl Adam. Crossroad/Herder & Herder; (November 1997).
Theology for Beginners, by Frank Sheed. Servant Publications; ; 3rd edition (August 1982).
Summa Theologica, St. Thomas Aquinas. . The complete text.

 

ALTERNATIVELY:

  • A Summa of the Summa, by Peter Kreeft. Ignatius Press; ; (December 1990) . Selected essential philosophical passages from Thomas' Summa with footnotes and explanations by Kreeft, a popular Thomist teacher and writer.

  • A Shorter Summa, by Peter Kreeft. Ignatius Press; ; (October 1994). Abridged version of Summa of the Summa.

Summa Theologiae: A Concise Translation, by Timothy McDermott. Thomas More Publishing; (March 1997).

 

Specific Topics in the Catholic Faith

 

Eucharist


The Lambs Supper : The Mass as Heaven on Earth, Scott Hahn, - Doubleday Publishing
This is My Body: An Evangelical Discovers the Real Presence, Mark Shea, - Christendom Press

The Basic Book of the Eucharist, Fr. Lawrence Lovasik, - Sophia Instutite Press

The Holy Eucharist, St. Alphonsus Ligouri, - TAN Books and Publishing

In the Presence of Our Lord, Father Benedict Groeschel, - Our Sunday Visitor Publishing

The Healing Power of the Eucharist, John H. Hampsch, C.M.F., Servant Publications

The Hidden Manna: A Theology of the Eucharist by James T. O’Conner, - Ignatius Press

 

Marriage


Good News About Sex and Marriage, Christopher West, - Charis Books

Sex and the Marriage Covenant, John Kippley, - Couple to Couple League

Catholic Sexual Ethics, 2nd Ed. Lawler, Boyle, and May, - Our Sunday Visitor Publishing

 

Stories of Conversion to Catholicism


Surprised by Truth, Patrick Madrid, - Basilica Press
Surprised by Truth II, Patrick Madrid, - Sophia Institute Press
Rome Sweet Home, Scott and Kimberly Hahn, - Ignatius Press
This is My Body: An Evangelical Discovers the Real Presence, Mark Shea, - Christendom Press

Welcome Home: Stories of Fallen-Away Catholics Who Came Back, Victor R. Claveau, - Ignatius Press

 

Bible

 

Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition, - Ignatius Press

Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition, - Scepter Press

 

Bible Aids

 

New Testament: Navarre Bible, - Four Courts Press

Pentateuch: Navarre Bible, - Four Courts Press

Joshue to Kings: Navarre Bible, - Four Courts Press

Chronicles to Maccabees: Navarre Bible, - Four Courts Press 

Psalms and Song of Solomon: Navarre Bible, - Four Courts Press

A Guide to the Bible, Antonio Fuentes, - Four Courts Press

The Essential Bible Handbook: A Guide for Catholics, Liguori Publications 

The Apocalypse Explained, Fr. H. M. Feret, O.P., - Roman Catholic Books

Bible History, Fr. George Johnson, Ph.D. – TAN Books and Publishing

A Father Who Keeps His Promises: God's Covenant Love in Scripture, Scott Hahn, - Charis Press.

My Meditation on the Gospel, Austin P. Bennit, - Confraternity of the Precious Blood
Where is that in the Bible, Patrick Madrid, - Our Sunday Visitor Publishing

 

Prayer Help


Prayer for Beginners, Peter Kreeft, - Ignatius Press
My Meditation on the Gospel, Austin P. Bennit, - Confraternity of the Precious Blood

 

Moral Theology

 

An introduction to Moral Theology, William May, - Our Sunday Visitor Publishing

Catholic Sexual Ethics, 2nd Ed. Lawler, Boyle, and May, - Our Sunday Visitor Publishing

 

Church History

 

A Concise History of the Crusades, by Thomas F. Madden. Rowman & Littlefield; ; (October 1, 1999).
How the Reformation Happened, by Hillaire Belloc. TAN Books (October 1992) .
History of the Protestant Reformation in England and Ireland, by William Cobbett. Tan Books & Publishers, Inc.; (October 1988).
Triumph: The Power and Glory of the Catholic Church, a 2,000 Year History, by H. W. Crocker III. Prima Publishing; (November 21, 2001).
The Western Rising, 1549: The Prayer Book Rebellion, by Philip Caraman. Westcountry Books; (January 1994). ["on the popular revolt against the imposition of the new Anglican state religion and suppression of Catholicism in England" - PB].
Church History, Fr. John Laux, MA., - Tan Books and Publishers.

Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent, Rev. H. J. Schroeder, O.P., - Tan Books and Publishers.

Characters of the Inquisition, William Thomas Walsh, - Tan Books and Publishers.

Characters of the Reformation, Hilaire Belloc, - Tan Books and Publishers.

Christ and the Americas, Anne W. Carroll, - Tan Books and Publishers.

Christ the King, Lord of History, Anne W. Carroll, - Tan Books and Publishers.

The Crusades, Hilaire Belloc,  - Tan Books and Publishers.

Europe and the Faith, Hilaire Belloc, - Tan Books and Publishers.

The Facts About Luther, Msgr. Patrick O’Hare, - Tan Books and Publishers.

The Great Herisies, Hilaire Belloc, - Tan Books and Publishers.

Isabella of Spain, (1541-1604), William T. Walsh, - Tan Books and Publishers.

The Martyrs of the Coliseum or Historical Records of the Great Ampitheater of Ancient Rome, Fr. A. J. O’Reilly, D.D., - Tan Books and Publishers.

Mexican Martyrdom, Fr. Wilfrid Parsons, S.J., - Tan Books and Publishers.

Philip II (1527-1598), William T. Walsh, - Tan Books and Publishers.

The Rise and Growth of the Anglican Schism, Dr. Nicholas Sander and Fr. Edward Rishton, - Tan Books and Publishers.

Pope Fiction, Patrick Madrid, - Basilica Press

 

Pope John Paul II

By Pope John Paul II

Crossing the Threshold of Hope
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The Jeweler's Shop Ignatius Press (June 1, 1992).
Love and Responsibility Ignatius Press; Rev. ed edition (April 1, 1993).
The Way to Christ : Spiritual Exercises Harper, San Francisco (October 7, 1994).


About Pope John Paul II

At the Center of the Human Drama : The Philosophical Anthropology of Karol Wojtyla/Pope John Paul II, by Kenneth L. Schmitz
The Legacy of Pope John Paul II: His Contribution to Catholic Thought, edited by Geoffrey Gneuhs.
The Splendor of Faith : The Theological Vision of Pope John Paul II , by Avery Dulles
The Theology of the Body According to John Paul II : Human Love in the Divine Plan, contains talks given by John Paul II in which he discusses the bodily dimension of human personhood, sexuality, and marriage in the light of biblical revelation.
Witness To Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II, the officially-commissioned biography by George Weigel.
 

 

 

 

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