One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic: The Early Church was the Catholic Church

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Ignatius Press, 2000 - Religion - 350 pages
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Very often in the history of Christianity, "reformers", by whatever name, have aspired to return to "the early Church". The Church of their own day, for whatever reason, fails to live up to what they think Christianity should be] in their view there has been a falling away from the beautiful ideals of the early Church.

Kenneth Whitehead shows in this book how the early Church has, in fact, not disappeared, but rather has survived and persisted, and is with us still. "Reformers" are not so much the ones needed by this Church as are those who aspire to be saints -- to follow Christ seriously and always to fulfill God's holy will by employing the means of sanctification which Christ continues to provide in the Church.

Whitehead shows how the visible body which today bears the name "the Catholic Church" is the same Church which Christ established to carry on and perpetuate in the world his Words and his Works -- and his own divine Life -- and to bring salvation and sanctification to all mankind. Despite superficial differences in certain appearances, the worldwide Catholic Church today remains the same Church that was originally founded by Jesus Christ on Peter and the other apostles back in the first century in the ancient Near East. The early Church, in other words, was always! -- nothing else but -- the Catholic Church.

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This book is fascinating! The more I learn about the ancient history of Catholicism the more I am convinced that is really is the church willed by Christ and built on Peter. As the title indicates ... Read full review

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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. Later, after rejoining the government in the Reagan Administration, he rose to become a United States Assistant Secretary of Education for Postsecondary Education. He now works as a writer, editor, and translator in Falls Church, Virginia. He is the author of dozens of articles on political, moral, social, and theological issues; and of eight books, including, most recently, One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic: The Early Church Was the Catholic Church (Ignatius Press, 2000) and Political Orphan: The Prolife Cause after 25 Years of Roe v. Wade (New Hope Publications, 1998). His latest book, What Vatican II Did Right: Forty Years after the Council and Counting, is forthcoming from Ignatius Press.He is also the co-author of Flawed Expectations: The Reception of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Ignatius Press, 1996; co-authored with Msgr. Michael J. Wrenn); and he is the translator of twenty books from French, German or Italian. He is also the editor of a number of volumes, including, most recently, The Catholic Citizen (2004) and The Church, Marriage, and the Family (2006), both published by Saint Augustine's Press, South Bend, Indiana. Educated at the University of Utah and the University of Paris, Mr. 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. He is married to the former Margaret O?Donohue, a professional parish Director of Religious Education (DRE), currently serving at Holy Spirit Church in Annandale, Virginia. They are the parents of four grown sons.

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