Catholicism is the largest Christian affiliation in the world, with over 1.1 billion Catholic Christians accounted for. Throughout the entire world, you can find Catholics living faithfully in ways handed down from the Apostles and their successors for the last 2000 years.
With about 41,000 mostly-recent Christian denominations, 21 major world religions, and a growing percentage of non-religious and non-believing people, religion can be an overwhelming topic. Questions such as “Is there an absolute truth?” and “What does this mean for me?” may come up that need answering, for if any of these religions are indeed true in everything they say, then it is of absolute importance for you to discover that.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church
The universal Church wrote the Catechism to put all of the fundamental Christian truths together in a way that can be understood. It was began in 1989 and finally approved in 1992 by Pope John Paul II. While the Catechism was mainly intended for teachers of the faith, it can be freely ready by anybody. It does not replace any other official Church documents, but it does include teachings from them. It includes both explanations of the Bible and of the history and tradition of the Church in a complete and summary way.
The Holy Bible
For a Christian, reading the Holy Bible, the contents of which were written in the first century and decided upon at the Council of Carthage in 397 AD, will give you indispensable knowledge on the teachings of Jesus and the Apostles and of the workings of God. For non-believers and those from other religions, this book can help you understand those who are religious, or it can guide you through your own walk into faith.
Search through the Bible here.
Catholic Answers operates Catholic.com and Chastity.com, the leading website for finding expert apologists’ explanations of everything related to religion from a Catholic perspective. They also have the largest, most active Catholic web forum with even more content and discussion.
Badger Catholic Office
Stop by the Badger Catholic office in the Student Activity Center (SAC) at 333 E Campus Mall. We are available between the hours of 1 PM and 4 PM every weekday to answer questions about anything regarding faith and spirituality.
Badger Catholic Peer Mentors
Our peer mentors can answer your questions regarding not only the Catholic Christian faith, but of any matter of faith. You can request a mentor to personally meet with you at any time throughout the semester. They will happily address your questions in a non-intimidating setting. To do so, click here.
How to Become Catholic
Joining the Roman Catholic Church is as easy as RCIA, which is the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. You can learn more about the RCIA program on the UW-Madison campus at the St. Paul University Catholic Center’s website, here. In addition, you can find RCIA programs at Catholic parishes throughout the Madison area or in your hometown.
Here is an explanation of RCIA by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops:
” [RCIA] helps them respond more deeply to God’s gracious initiative in their lives and prepares them for union with the Church community. This process is meant to form them into the fullness of the Christian life and to become disciples of Jesus, their teacher. This includes an initiation into the mystery of salvation, the practice of faith, hope, and love, and other virtues in a succession of liturgical rites.”