Primary Source Readings In Catholic Church History

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  • Copyright: 2005-04-01
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Primary Source Readings in Catholic Church History is designed to accompany Catholic Church history textbooks, but may be used with any course. It is a collection of significant primary sources through the Church's history. Thirty chapters include select documents along with commentary on who wrote them and why, how each document is significant to its time, and why it has endured as an important writing in Church history. The following are some of the historical writers included in this book: Saint Perpetua Saint Augustine Pope Saint Gregory Saint Catherine of Siena Martin Luther Saint Theresa of Avila Saint Francis Junipero Serra Dorothy Day Second Vatican Council

Table of Contents

Introduction 9(2)
Initiation into a Community: The Body of Christ as a Model of the Church
A Rite of Passage
Rev. Aidan Kavanagh, OSB
The Ship of Salvation: The Church as an Institution
The Dream of Saint John Bosco
Saint John Bosco
The Descent of the Holy Spirit: The Church Is Revealed
Acts of the Apostles 2:1--42
Saint Luke the Evangelist
Expanding the Church: The Gentiles and the Mosaic Law
Acts of the Apostles 15:1--31
Saint Luke the Evangelist
Saint Paul's Letter to the Galatians 2:1--21
Saint Paul
From Movement to Institution: Practices and Guidelines for the Early Church
The Didache
Executions and Torture: Treatment of Christians During Roman Persecution
Pliny's Questions to Emperor Trajan Concerning
Policy Toward Christians
Pliny the Younger, Governor of Bithynia
Emperor Trajan's Reply to Pliny's Questions
Emperor Trajan
The Blood of the Martyrs: A Witness to Love for Jesus
The Martyrdom of Saints Perpetua and Felicitas
Saint Perpetua
New Freedom: The Roman Empire Offers Toleration to Christians
Edict of Toleration
Emperor Galerius
Edict of Milan
Emperor Constantine and Licinius Augustus
Two Cities: The Earthly and the Heavenly
The City of God
Saint Augustine of Hippo
True God Became True Human: Statements on Who Jesus Is
Definition of the Faith
The Council of Chalcedon
Missionary Pope: Saint Gregory the Great Brings the Light of Christ to England
Ecclesiastical History of the English People
Saint Bede the Venerable
Letter to Abbot Mellitus
Pope Saint Gregory the Great
A Father's Wisdom: A Guide for Living in a Community
The Prologue to The Rule of St. Benedict
Saint Benedict
Saint Boniface: Missionary to the Germans
Letter Advising Saint Boniface on How to Convert the Heathens
Bishop Daniel of Winchester
Report to Pope Zacharias on the Foundation of Fulda Abbey
Saint Boniface
Conflicts of Faith: Tensions Between the East and the West
Encyclical Letter to the Archiepiscopal Sees of the East
Patriarch Photius of Constantinople
Pope Against King: The Battle Over Appointing Bishops
Correspondence Regarding Lay Investiture
Pope Gregory VII and Emperor Henry IV
``We Adore Thee, Lord Jesus Christ'': The Last Words of the Tiny Friar
The Testament of Saint Francis
Saint Francis of Assisi
Gentle and Powerful: The First Woman Doctor of the Church
Letters to Pope Gregory XI
Saint Catherine of Siena
Revival of Prayer: A Springtime for Spirituality
The Imitation of Christ
Thomas a Kempis
The Revolutionary Monk: The Protestant Reformation Begins
Writings from Martin Luther
Martin Luther
``What Is Necessary Is a Different Approach'': The Catholic Reformation
The Way of Perfection
Saint Teresa of Avila
``Nor Should They Be in Any Way Enslaved'': Europeans Encounter the West
Inter Caetera
Pope Alexander VI
Sublimus Dei
Pope Paul III
People of Esteem: The Work of Missionaries in China
Letter to Francesco Pasio, SJ, Vice-Provincial of China and Japan
Matteo Ricci, SJ
Money, Workers, and Fairness: Catholic Social Teaching Begins
Rerum Novarum
Pope Leo XIII
The Vicar of Christ: The First Vatican Council Defines Papal Authority
Pastor Æternus
Pope Blessed Pius IX
Year in the Life: An Account of Life in the Spanish Colonies
Report on the Mission of San Carlos de Monterey
Fray Junipero Serra
Concern for Souls: A Bishop's Anxiety over the Faith of Slaves in Mississippi
A Letter to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith
Bishop William Henry Elder
More Than a Tabloid: The Power of The Catholic Worker
The Long Loneliness
Dorothy Day
Traitor to the State, Herald of the Gospel
Letters from a Nazi Prison
Franz Jagerstatter
Reading the Signs of the Times: The Church in the Modern World
Gaudium et Spes
The Second Vatican Council
The Light of the World: The Church as the Sacrament of Salvation
Lumen Gentium
The Second Vatican Council
Appendix A: Chronological Listing of Chapters 185(2)
Appendix B: Topical Index 187(4)
Acknowledgments 191

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