What Is the Church is Regis Martin's delightful meditation on the beauty and the depth of the Catholic Church. Solidly orthodox and universal in its outlook, this is a work for anyone who wishes to understand more deeply what it means to be Catholic.
In his 1998 encyclical Tertio Millennio Adveniente, Pope John Paul II asked catechists and theologians “to promote a deeper understanding of the ecclesiological doctrine of the Second Vatican Council as contained primarily in the Dogmatic Constitution Lumen Gentium” (no. 47). To respond to this call, Dr. Regis Martin wrote What Is the Church in order to present a faithful ecclesiology in simple, accessible terms.
About the author: Dr. Regis Martin is a longtime Professor of Systematic Theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. A graduate of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, Professor Martin holds both a licentiate and a doctorate in Sacred Theology. He is the author of more than a half-dozen books including The Suffering of Love: Christ's Descent into the Hell of Human Hopelessness (Ignatius Press, 2007).