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History of the Catholic Church

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The Catholic Church is the longest-enduring institution in the world. Beginning with the first Christians and continuing in our present day, the Church has been planted in every nation on earth.

The Catholic Church claims Jesus Christ Himself as her founder, and in spite of heresy from within and hostility from without, she remains in the twenty-first century the steadfast guardian of belief in his life, death, and resurrection. The teachings and redemptive works of Jesus as told in the Gospels are expressed by the Church in a coherent and consistent body of doctrine, the likes of which cannot be found in any other Christian body.

The history of the Catholic Church is long, complicated, and fascinating, and in this book it is expertly and ably told by historian James Hitchcock. 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 in incisive in its understanding, a valuable addition to any school or home library.


  • By: James Hitchcock
  • Hardcover. 547 pages.
  • ISBN 13: 9781586176648


What People Have to Say About This Book

"A remarkable achievement that synthesizes a lifetime of learning, James Hitchcock's History of the Catholic Church is also a signal service to twenty-first century Catholicism."

George Weigel

Distinguished Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington D.C.


"It's a masterwork: exhilarating in scope and a joy to read. If you want an unforgettable account of the fullness and drama of the Christian story, read this book."

Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, OFM, Cap, Archbishop of Philadelphia


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  1. Excellently Written

    Posted by Ron N. on 14th Apr 2014

    A much cherished addition to my Christian library. Written by an extraordinary historian in easy to read language. A must have for any Catholic.

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