p. 694. The sacraments and the Catholic Church
- Gerald O’Collins
‘The sacraments and the Catholic Church’ traces the origins, history, and significance of the seven sacraments. Baptism, confirmation, the Eucharist, penance, the anointing of the sick, holy orders, and matrimony bring Catholics together in a community of mutual support and enable them to experience the risen Christ as effectively present in their lives. Though the nature and mission of the Church were much debated, official teaching came mainly in the 19th and 20th centuries. Vatican II launched a new era in the Catholic Church's relations with other Christian communities, and with the followers of different world religions.