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The Faith of Our Fathers

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Explains the basic tenets of the Catholic Faith and why we hold them. Delves into the historical background of virtually everything people find hard to understand about our Religion, such as priestly celibacy, sacred images, the Church and the Bible, the primacy of Peter, Communion under one kind, invocation of the Saints, etc. First published in 1876, when there was much ...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published June 1st 1980 by TAN Books & Publishers (first published December 1876)
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Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Before I read this book, I had heard it referenced a number of times while watching different shows on Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). For many, the book was instrumental in explaining core doctrines of the Catholic faith in plain language, and subsequently brought about their conversion to “the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.” Some of the book’s references are dated — it was originally published in 1876 — but its explanations of the Catholic faith are insightful. Al ...more
Diane Kennicker
Nov 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Interesting book explaining some issues about the Catholic faith. The book was written around the late 1800's so some references are dated. It would be interesting to know the author's take on what the Catholic faith has become because of Vatican II.
Abigail Rasmussen
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The introduction from the author begins with this: “MY DEAR READER:- Perhaps this is the first time in your life that you have handled a book in which the doctrines of the Catholic Church are expounded by one of her own sons. You have, no doubt, heard and read many things regarding our Church; but has not your information come from teachers justly liable to suspicion?…”

I feel this is so true. So many Protestants, myself included, think we know what the Catholic Church teaches. But how many of us
Jay D
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A good apologetic introduction to Catholicism.
Feb 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Solid apologetics from the late 19th century, aimed at Protestants. It's outdated here and there but most of it holds up well.
Nov 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
a pretty clear explanation of things. a dockworker, for example, could read this a in few lunch breaks and come away with a thing or two...
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
A Catholic apologetic. I am not convinced yet but I appreciate hearing his perspective.
Missy Funderburk
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, doctrine
This book was essential during my conversion to Catholicism. It answered every question I could think of in a logical, easy to understand, well supported manner. Even if you think you don't want to be Catholic, this explains why Catholics do what they do. Simple understanding of others builds so many bridges. A must read for all Christians!
Elizabeth Mcnally
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A classic, easy to read catechism.
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An American prelate, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Baltimore from 1877 until his death. In 1886 he became the second man from the United States to be made a cardinal.
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