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Dig into Catholic ecclesiology, the Sacraments, and the organization of the Catholic Church with the Catholic Church and Ecclesiology Collection. This collection is designed to help readers study and understand all levels of Catholic religious and lay life, from the catechumen, the laity, the priesthood, the bishopric, right up to the papacy. These volumes enlighten and teach on Catholic doctrine and practices, bridging the profound teachings of Vatican II with Catholic Tradition that reaches centuries back. Your study of the Catholic Mass, the Holy Orders, and the papacy will not be complete without these quintessential volumes.

The Logos digital edition of these volumes brings incredible value to your library. Bible and Catechism references appear on mouseover and references to Vatican documents you own (as well as other books in your library) link directly to the page cited, allowing you to jump deeper into your studies. All of these volumes are fully searchable, allowing you to instantly find references you need when you’re looking for answers.

Key Features

  • Explains post-Vatican II Catholic practice and teaching on Mass and the priesthood
  • Provides apologetics on the Sacraments and the Mass
  • Explores Pope John Paul II’s encyclicals and papacy

Individual Titles

Sacraments in Scripture: Salvation History Made Present

  • Author: Timothy Gray
  • Publisher: Emmaus Road Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 96

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Sacraments in Scripture: Salvation History Made Present is a Bible study on the seven Sacraments, prefigured in the Old Testament and instituted by Jesus Christ in the New.

Following the teaching of the Second Vatican Council and the Catechism of the Catholic Church on Sacred Scripture, Timothy Gray delves into the biblical origin for each of these masterpieces of God’s love. In this Scripture study, Gray guides readers through the Gospels, showing Christ’s deliberate acts to inaugurate these sacred signs as the foundation of the New Covenant. With review questions at the end of each chapter, this study is ideal for both group and individual study, and is perfect for learning how to answer contemporary objections to the Sacraments.

This fine little book will open to you the ancient meaning of the Sacraments which the Church has kept alive to this day. In the Sacraments Christ himself ministers to us through the Church. This book will be an excellent antidote to watered-down versions of sacramental theology.

—Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR

No doubt, you will leave Sacraments in Scripture—as I did—empowered for a richer experience of the liturgy. But, as time goes on, you’ll notice something more. After reading this book, your experience of the Sacraments will, in turn, empower you for a richer reading of the Scriptures.

Scott Hahn, professor of theology and Scripture, Franciscan University of Steubenville

Sacraments in Scripture is an excellent tool for deepening one’s understanding of the mystery of Christ’s abiding presence with us through the Sacraments. . . . I commend this book for the catechesis of young people and adults. It is an excellent tool for studying an essential part of the Church’s teaching on the Sacraments.

—Most Rev. Raymond L. Burke, bishop of La Crosse

Timothy Gray is the president of the Augustine Institute, an MA program in Sacred Scripture and evangelization & catechesis in Denver. He is also a professor of Sacred Scripture at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary. He holds a PhD in biblical studies from Catholic University of America, a ThM in Scripture from Duke University, and an MA in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Servants of the Gospel: Essays by American Bishops on their Role as Shepherds of the Church

  • Editor: Leon J. Suprenant Jr.
  • Publisher: Emmaus Road Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 86

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Servants of the Gospel is a collection of essays by nine American bishops on the bishop’s role in the Church today. Written prior to the Synod (worldwide gathering) of Bishops in 2000 on the very same topic, these essays are geared to helping all people understand the unique and challenging task of the successors of the apostles. This timely work is specifically designed to foster lay cooperation with bishops as the Church continues Christ’s mission into the third Christian millennium.

The Bishops who have contributed their reflections to this volume speak from their profound pastoral experience. All who read them will be better prepared to understand the significance of the Synod.

—Most Rev. Joseph A. Fiorenza, Bishop of Galveston-Houston, president, National Conference of Catholic Bishops

Leon J. Suprenant is the president of Catholics United for the Faith and the editor of Lay Witness, a monthly magazine for lay Catholics. He received his law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and his master’s degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville.

The Pedagogy of God: Its Centrality in Catechesis and Catechist Formation

  • Editors: Caroline Farey, Waltraud Linnig, and M. Johanna Paruch
  • Publisher: Emmaus Road Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 200

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A restoration is currently advancing in the area of religious education and catechesis, a restoration in which the concept of the “pedagogy of God” has a pivotal role to play. According to the General Directory for Catechesis, the primary difficulty facing catechesis today is that catechists do not yet have a full understanding of “the conception of catechesis as a school of faith, an initiation and apprenticeship in the entire Christian life.” The pivotal truth is that God himself is the pedagogue. He has the central role in every catechetical event. Catechists and those being catechized are invited to cooperate with him in learning under his grace.

Catechetical leaders will be happy to find within these pages scholars and practitioners of catechesis, who address many aspects of communicating the faith, yet with the unified purpose of answering the primary question of catechesis as a “school of faith” embracing the entire Christian life. It is here that we find the crucial place of The Pedagogy of God: Its Centrality in Catechesis and Catechist Formation.

Scholars and teachers at multiple institutions have come together to present a unified message in the communication of faith and the process of catechesis. This volume explores their methodology and teaching for catechetical instruction, revealing a plan for both the pre-Christian initiate and the Catholic student of religion.

The Pope, the Council, and the Mass

  • Authors: James Likoudis and Kenneth D. Whitehead
  • Edition: 3rd
  • Publisher: Emmaus Road Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 396

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The Pope, the Council, and the Mass is the definitive response to “Traditionalist” Catholics, first published in 1981, and now updated to include developments up to the beginning of the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI. In addressing the concerns raised by the followers of the late Archbishop Lefebvre and other “Traditionalists,” the authors give a truly Catholic understanding of Tradition, the Second Vatican Council and its implementation, and the nature of true liturgical reform.

This book not only provides the reader with a sound perspective on the past, it also offers insight into the present state of the Church and the outlook for the future. History, canon law, ecclesiastical and papal documents, and Scripture are mined in this solid apologetic for a faith that is one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic.

James Likoudis is a former college instructor in history and government with 20 years of teaching experience in public and private education. A nationally known writer and lecturer on catechetics, sex education, and liturgy, he has published many articles on subjects of interest to the Catholic laity. A convert to the Catholic Church in 1952, Likoudis has since devoted a great deal of his efforts to foster the reunion of the Eastern Orthodox churches with the Catholic Church. Likoudis is president-emeritus of Catholics United for the Faith.

Kenneth D. Whitehead is a former career diplomat who served in Rome and the Middle East and as the chief of the Arabic Service of the Voice of America. For eight years he served as executive vice president of Catholics United for the Faith. He was the United States Assistant Secretary of Education for Postsecondary Education. He is the author of dozens of articles on political, moral, social, and theological issues, and has written a number of books. Educated at the University of Utah and the University of Paris, Whitehead holds an honorary doctorate in Christian letters from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is a recipient of the Cardinal Wright Award from the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and of the Blessed Frederick Ozanam Award from the Society of Catholic Social Studies.

The Unchanging Heart of the Priesthood

  • Author: Thomas Acklin
  • Publisher: Emmaus Road Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 224

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In The Unchanging Heart of the Priesthood: A Faith Perspective on the Reality and Mystery of Priesthood in the Church, Father Thomas Acklin presents an apologetic for that which is immutable—that which cannot change since it is found in the unchanging heart of Christ. Father Acklin refutes modern misconceptions and false understandings of the priesthood, while uncovering the beauty, strength, and hope that is found in God’s plan. This book will encourage the heart of every priest and help the laity to understand and appreciate the reality and mystery of the priesthood in the Church.

Father Acklin dispels many of the great clouds of confusion that have gathered about the priesthood. And he does this in the most effective way: by revisiting the biblical foundations of Holy Orders, in both the Old and New Testaments.

Scott Hahn, professor of theology and Scripture, Franciscan University of Steubenville

Father Acklin’s timely analysis of the challenges to authentic priestly life and ministry is reflective of the great insights of Pope John Paul II. . . . A true understanding and appreciation of the unchanging heart of the priesthood will attract priestly vocations, help priestly renewal, and ultimately invigorate the Church.

—Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, Harrisburg, PA

Immensely helpful to anyone trying to contextualize the abuse scandals within the Church, while at the same time holding a profound love and reverence for the priesthood.

—Msgr. Steven P. Rohlfs, STD, Rector, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary

Fr. Acklin makes his own statement—clear and solid—about ordained, ministerial priesthood. Any change in the face of the priesthood, however responsive it may seem to contemporary challenges, must be legitimated by a rooting in a clear appreciation of the unchanging heart of the priesthood.

—Fr. George Aschenbrenner, SJ, cofounder, Institute for Priestly Formation, Creighton University

Thomas Acklin a Benedictine monk, first professed vows in 1976 at Saint Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He was ordained a priest in 1980 and studied theology and psychology of religion at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, where he earned the STD (doctorate of sacred theology). He undertook psychoanalytic training at the Belgian School of Psychoanalysis and graduated from the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Institute. Father Acklin then served as master of junior-professed monks for four years and as president-rector of Saint Vincent Seminary for 12 years. He is a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Society and Foundation, the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the International Psychoanalytic Association. He is certified in the psychoanalysis of adults by the International Board of Accreditation and Certification in psychoanalysis and the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. Currently, Father Acklin is professor of theology and psychology at Saint Vincent College and Saint Vincent Seminary, where he has taught since 1982, and is a faculty member of the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Institute and Foundation.

The Legacy of Pope John Paul II: The Central Teaching of His 14 Encyclical Letters

  • Author: Alan Schreck
  • Publisher: Emmaus Road Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 174

Popes are the Church’s chief shepherds. While some focused on governing the Church and addressing challenges from the world, others recognized their primary responsibility to proclaim and teach the Gospel. Alan Schreck calls these the “teaching popes” and John Paul II was such a pope, leading the Church and impacting the world with his witness and his teaching.

The encyclical letter has been, in modern times, the instrument for popes to express their most important teaching—teachings that have lasting value for the Church, and often for the whole world. Schreck invites the reader to become familiar with the encyclical letters of Pope John Paul II. In The Legacy of Pope John Paul II, Schreck breaks down more scholarly writing into accessible language. The reflection questions and suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter help facilitate a systematic study of the central teachings of this brilliant but pastoral pope, who conveyed the truth in love.

Not many people have the time or background to read and understand all of John Paul II’s encyclicals. Alan Schreck has done us all a great service in clearly and carefully bringing out the essential points of all the encyclicals.

Ralph Martin, Sacred Heart Major Seminary

As one who prepares people to be catechists and religious educators, I really appreciate this recent work of Alan Schreck. Here again in The Legacy of Pope John Paul II, he breaks down more scholarly writing into accessible language. The reflection questions and suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter help facilitate a systematic study of the central teachings of this brilliant but pastoral pope, who conveyed the truth in love.

M. Johanna Paruch, professor of catechetics, Franciscan University of Steubenville

This book is a treasury for research, reflection, and meditation. Keep it available, read it, and use it regularly.

—Michael Scanlon, TOR, president emeritus, Franciscan University of Steubenville

Alan Schreck is a professor of theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, specializing in Catholic doctrine, church history, and the teachings of Vatican II. He is the author of several books, including Catholic and Christian, The Essential Catholic Catechism, Vatican II: The Crisis and the Promise, and The Compact History of the Catholic Church.

Product Details

  • Title: Catholic Church and Ecclesiology Collection
  • Publisher: Emmaus Road Publishing
  • Volumes: 6
  • Pages: 1,176