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The Faith of Our Fathers

James Cardinal Gibbons (1834-1921)

1. 00 - Preface and Introduction
2. 01 - Chapter 1 - The Blessed Trinity, The Incarnation, Etc.
3. 02 - Chapter 2 - The Unity of the Church
4. 03 - Chapter 3 - The Holiness of the Church
5. 04 - Chapter 4 - Catholicity
6. 05 - Chapter 5 - Apostolicity
7. 06 - Chapter 6 - Perpetuity of the Church
8. 07 - Chapter 7 - Infallible Authority of the Church
9. 08 - Chapter 8 -The Church and the Bible
10. 09 - Chapter 9 - The Primacy of Peter
11. 10 - Chapter 10 - The Supremacy of the Popes
12. 11 - Chapter 11 - Infallibility of the Popes
13. 12 - Chapter 12 - Temporal Power of the Popes
14. 13 - Chapter 13 - The Invocation of Saints
15. 14 - Chapter 14, Part 1: The Blessed Virgin Mary - Is It Lawful to Honor the Blessed Virgin Mary as a Saint
16. 15 - Chapter 14, Part 2: The Blessed Virgin Mary - Is it Lawful to Invoke Her? Is it Lawful to Imitate Her as a Model
17. 16 - Chapter 15 - Sacred Images
18. 17 - Chapter 16 - Purgatory and Prayers for the Dead
19. 18 - Chapter 17 - Civil and Religious Liberty
20. 19 - Chapter 18 - Charges of Religious Persecution
21. 20 - Chapter 19 - Grace-The Sacraments-Original Sin-Baptism-Its Neccesity-Its Effects-Manner of Baptizing
22. 21 - Chapter 20 - The Sacrament of Confirmation
23. 22 - Chapter 21 - The Holy Eucharist
24. 23 - Chapter 22 - Communion Under One Kind
25. 24 - Chapter 23 - The Sacrifice of the Mass
26. 25 - Chapter 24 - The Use of Religious Ceremonies Dictated by Right Reason
27. 26 - Chapter 25 - Ceremonials of the Mass
28. 27 - Chapter 26, Part 1 - The Sacrament of Penance: The Divine Institution Of The Sacrament Of Penance
29. 28 - Chapter 26, Part 2 - The Sacrament of Penance: On The Relative Morality Of Catholic And Protestant Countries
30. 29 - Chapter 27 - Indulgences
31. 30 - Chapter 28 - Extreme Unction
32. 31 - Chapter 29 - The Priesthood
33. 32 - Chapter 30 - Celibacy of the Clergy
34. 33 - Chapter 31 - Matrimony

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Summary

The Faith of Our Fathers: A Plain Exposition and Vindication of the Church Founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ is a book published in 1876 by archbishop James Gibbons, which became a best-selling conversion manual in the United States, and by 1980 was in its 111th printing.(From the preface) “The object of this little volume is to present in a plain and practical form an exposition and vindication of the principal tenets of the Catholic Church. It was thought sufficient to devote but a brief space to such Catholic doctrines and practices as are happily admitted by Protestants, while those that are controverted by them are more elaborately elucidated......As his chief aim has been to bring home the truths of the Catholic faith to our separated brethren, who generally accept the Scripture as the only source of authority in religious matters, he has endeavored to fortify his statements by abundant reference to the sacred text. He has thought proper, however, to add frequent quotations from the early Fathers, whose testimony, at least as witnesses of the faith of their times, must be accepted even by those who call in question their personal authority.”