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" The Church is a lucid, balanced, and readable book— a work of integration that is always reasonable, well informed, honest, and deeply hopeful. " — Commonweal In The Church, renowned religious historian and Vatican expert Richard P. McBrien offers a sweeping history of the evolution of the Roman Catholic Church, its influence and power in an ever-changing world. From Jesus' s apostle Peter to Pope Benedict XVI, The Church is a remarkable achievement that delves deeply into the past and the future of Christianity' s largest branch— in fact, the largest religious institution in the world— exploring its politics, doctrines, and the way the Roman Catholic Church views itself.