This wide-ranging examination of the origins, rise to power, and present-day role of the Catholic religion has now been updated to include a behind the headlines look at the recent abuse cases within the church, as well as explanations of rituals, beliefs, and sacraments practiced by countless millions around the world.
Bob O'Gorman holds both a Master's degree and a Ph.D. in religious education. He has published several books on U.S. Catholic history and education and teaches at the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola.
Mary Faulkner holds a Master's degree in religious education, and is a freelance writer, director of the Institute of Integrated Healing Arts in Nashville, and a psychotherapist in private practice. She is the author of "Supreme Authority: Understanding Power in the Catholic Church."