Where can I read about Catholic morals/values/beliefs?


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  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    For a complete description of what Catholics believe, see the Catechism of the Catholic Church: http://www.usccb.org/catechism/text/index.htm

    For an overview, see: http://www.americancatholic.org/Newsletters/CU/ac1...

    The seven major themes of Catholic Social Teaching are:

    • Life and Dignity of the Human Person

    • Call to Family, Community, and Participation

    • Rights and Responsibilities

    • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

    • The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers

    • Solidarity

    • Care for God's Creation

    For more information, see: http://www.usccb.org/sdwp/projects/socialteaching/...

    Here is a short list of Papal and Vatican Documents on Catholic Social Teaching:

    • Rerum Novarum (On the Condition of Labor) -- Pope Leo XIII, 1891 http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/leo_xiii/encycli...

    • Quadragesimo Anno (After Forty Years) -- Pope Pius XI, 1931 http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/pius_xi/encyclic...

    • Mater et Magistra (Christianity and Social Progress) -- Pope John XXIII, 1961 http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_xxiii/encyc...

    • Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth) -- Pope John XXIII, 1963 http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_xxiii/encyc...

    • Gaudium et Spes (Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World) Vatican Council II, 1965 http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vat...

    • Populorum Progressio (On the Development of Peoples) -- Pope Paul VI, 1967 http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/paul_vi/encyclic...

    • Octogesima Adveniens (A Call to Action) -- Pope Paul VI, 1971 http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/paul_vi/apost_le...

    • Laborem Exercens (On Human Work) -- Pope John Paul II, 1981 http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/enc...

    • Sollicitudo Rei Socialis (On Social Concern) -- Pope John Paul II, 1987 http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/enc...

    • Centesimus Annus (The Hundredth Year) -- Pope John Paul II, 1991 http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/enc...

    • Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life) -- Pope John Paul II, 1995 http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/enc...

    • Fides et Ratio (Faith and Reason) -- Pope John Paul II, 1998 http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/enc...

    • Deus Caritas Est (God Is Love) -- Pope Benedict XVI, 2005 http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/enc...

    • Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church - Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, 2004 http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_counc...

    • Doctrinal Note on Some Questions Regarding the Participation of Catholics in Political Life - Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 2002 http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia//congregations/c...

    • With love in Christ.

  • 1 decade ago
  • Stanbo
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago





    just to name a few. There are many sites online about the Catholic church. Hope this helps.

    God bless,


  • Take a look at the St. Anthony Messenger archives of Catholic Update. http://www.americancatholic.org/Newsletters/CU/Arc...

    These are excellent, readable, articles on Catholicism.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Go to Catholic Apologetics information.

  • 1 decade ago

    Well, you could just google "catholicism" or "Roman Catholic." (I'm assuming you want information on Roman Catholics, and not Eastern Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, Anglican Catholics or any of the other "Catholic" denominations.)

    Here are a few of the sites I've used for information on my Roman brothers:





    You can also try:



    And, of course, you can look it up on wikipedia.

    Good luck on your research.

  • 1 decade ago

    You can find the Catechism of the Catholic Church at: http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/_INDEX.HTM

    For a concise version, see the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church at: http://www.vatican.va/archive/compendium_ccc/docum...

    God bless!

  • 1 decade ago

    http://www.newadvent.org is a great website. just type in what you want in the search box and you'll get a ton of information on the Catholic Church.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The most crucial problem with the Roman Catholic Church is its belief that faith alone in Christ is not sufficient for salvation. The Bible clearly and consistently states that receiving Jesus Christ as Savior, by grace through faith, grants salvation (John 1:12; 3:16,18,36; Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9-10,13; Ephesians 2:8-9). The Roman Catholic Church rejects this. The official position of the Roman Catholic Church is that a person must believe in Jesus Christ AND be baptized AND receive the Eucharist along with the other sacraments AND obey the decrees of the Roman Catholic Church AND perform meritorious works AND not die with any mortal sins AND etc., etc., etc. Catholic divergence from the Bible on this most crucial of issues, salvation, means that yes, Catholicism is a false religion. If a person believes what the Catholic Church officially teaches, he/she will not be saved. Any claim that works or rituals must be added to faith in order for salvation to be achieved is a claim that Jesus’ death was not sufficient to fully purchase our salvation.

    While salvation by faith is the most crucial issue, in comparing Roman Catholicism with the Word of God, there are many other differences and contradictions as well. The Roman Catholic Church teaches many doctrines that are in disagreement with what the Bible declares. These include apostolic succession, worship of saints or Mary, prayer to saints or Mary, the pope / papacy, infant baptism, transubstantiation, plenary indulgences, the sacramental system, and purgatory. While Catholics claim Scriptural support for these concepts, none of these teachings have any solid foundation in the clear teaching of Scripture. These concepts are based on Catholic tradition, not the Word of God. In fact, they all clearly contradict Biblical principles.

    In regards to the question “Are Catholics saved?”, this is a more difficult question to answer. It is impossible to give a universal statement on the salvation of all members of any denomination of Christianity. Not ALL Baptists are saved. Not ALL Presbyterians are saved. Not ALL Lutherans are saved. Salvation is determined by personal faith in Jesus alone for salvation, not by titles or denominational identification. Despite the unbiblical beliefs and practices of the Roman Catholic Church, there are genuine believers who attend Roman Catholic churches. There are many Roman Catholics who have genuinely placed their faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. However, these Catholic Christians are believers despite what the Catholic Church teaches, not because of what it teaches. To varying degrees, the Catholic Church teaches from the Bible and points people to Jesus Christ as the Savior. As a result, people are sometimes saved in Catholic churches. The Bible has an impact whenever it is proclaimed (Isaiah 55:11). Catholic Christians remain in the Catholic Church out of ignorance of what the Catholic Church truly stands for, out of family tradition and peer pressure, or out of a desire to reach other Catholics for Christ.

    At the same time, the Catholic Church also leads many people away from a genuine faith relationship with Christ. The unbiblical beliefs and practices of the Roman Catholic Church have often given the enemies of Christ opportunity to blaspheme. The Roman Catholic Church is not the church that Jesus Christ established. It is not a church that is based on the teachings of the Apostles (as described in the Book of Acts and the New Testament epistles). While Jesus’ words in Mark 7:9 were directed towards the Pharisees, they accurately describe the Roman Catholic Church, “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!”

  • Mac
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Don't laugh, but Catholicism For Dummies is actually really good. :)

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