The Church Visible: The Ceremonial Life and Protocol of the Roman Catholic Church Hardcover – Aug 7 2012
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The book is divided into five sections: the Vatican itself, papal honors including orders of knighthood, Church protocol, vestments and insignia, and a brief history of the papacy. A glossary, a name and subject index, and a variety of appendixes including several Church documents are included. Several impressive Catholic figures also have brief forewords including John Cardinal Krol, John Cardinal O'Connor, and Archbishop John P. Foley.
Noonan has done a wonderful job of answering those niggling questions that never seem to be answered in the standard Catholic Q and A books, such as the reason why cardinals have their title placed in the middle of their name and how exactly a papal election is performed. For the latter, the author leads the reader step by step through the protocol that follows the death of a pope, citing examples from recent history, and then to the elections process and then enthronement of a new pope. He even includes sample liturgies and ceremony programs that have been used in the past. The chapter on the College of Cardinals is especially a gem.Read more ›
The author's research was meticulous, and his sources well-documented. There is so much useful information that I hardly know where to start! Do you have questions about the day-to-day operation of the Vatican as a city-state? It's in here. Wondering how to address the papal nuncio, should you meet him at the airport? It's in here. Ever wonder about the pope's coat of arms? It's in here. And a *whole* lot more! Be aware, though, that this is not a theology reference; Noonan occasionally states official Roman dogma, and leaves it at that. If you are not Roman Catholic (or if you're not up on all the latest dogmatic dirt), a good, basic introduction to Roman Catholic beliefs would be a perfect partner to this book.
Anyone who needs to know *anything* about protocol and etiquette in the Roman Catholic Church (and that would include all clergy, many involved laity, and anyone outside the Roman church who deals with Roman prelates [or the Vatican directly]) *must* have this book. Anyone else with even a passing interest in the history or customs of the Roman church will find hours worth of enjoyable reading. I have yet to find any information here that was not clear and fun to read, yet thorough and well-documented.
"I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is remotely interested in Holy Mother, the Church. If nothing else, the photographs are worth the cost of the book alone. For me, it is a cherished book in my library; although, it is rarely on the shelf -- most often on my desk."
Rudy Reyes, Jr., Ss. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, Diocese of Corpus Christi, USA
4 May 1998, Blessed Marie-Leonie Paradis, religious
Present Assignment: St. Mary's University, Archdiocese of San Antonio, USA
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Fascinating work detailing the sometimes bewildering and archaic sights, sounds and ceremonies of the upper echelons of the Roman Church. Read morePublished on July 15 2000
A primer for all that are either Catholic or not! Catholicism 101Published on Oct. 7 1999 by Ed Kasprzycki (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mr. Noonan is a great writer. His beautiful book shows the Church protocol, the Papal Orders and the ceremonial life in the Church. Read morePublished on May 21 1999
This is a thoroughly researched compendium of the Ceremonial Life and Protocol of the Catholic Church. Read morePublished on Oct. 31 1998