The history of the Catholic Church is long, complicated, and fascinating, and in this book it is expertly and ably told by James Hitchcock, professor of history at St. Louis University for over 30 years, As in the parable of Christ about the weeds that were sown in a field of wheat, evil and good have grown together in the Church from the start, as Hitchcock honestly records. He brings before us the many characters–some noble, some notorious–who have left an indelible mark on the Church, while never losing sight of the saints, who have given living testimony to the salvific power of Christ in every age. This ambitious work is comprehensive in its scope and incisive in understanding, a valuable addition to any school or home library. Hardcover.
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