This short book covers most of the basics of Church history in Question and Answer form, from the Apostolic age to the end of the nineteenth century. Lists of Fathers and Doctors of the Church, Popes and Ecumenical Councils are also listed, with a brief of what they are best known for

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Preface

THE CATECHISM OF CHURCH HISTORY which is herewith presented to the public, will receive a cordial welcome from our Catholic teachers. The educational value of history is universally conceded, and no history has such lessons of wisdom and conduct to teach as that of the Church, which is the continuation of the life and the work of Our Divine Lord. It is His permanent, visible presence in the world. It is the continuous verification of His words that the gates of hell shall not prevail. It is all-important, therefore, that the young be made acquainted with the leading facts of Church History, and a Catechism of Church History offers the simplest and most effective means of imparting to them this knowledge. The author of the present volume has had long experience as a pastor and teacher, and it is confidently believed that in publishing this work, he renders a genuine service to our schools.

J. L. SPALDING,

Bishop of Peoria

Peoria, March 10, 1899


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