Newman Theological College
CCS 012 Church History II Course Outline
Church History II will continue where the course on Church History I concluded.


  • Identify the major time periods in the early history of the Church.
  • Understand the significant historical issues in the life of the early Church.
  • Recognize the important personalities in the Church’s long history.
  • Understand how the faith was formed and established.
  • Explore the faith of Christendom, from the birth of the Medieval World to the High Middle Ages.


Week 1: The Faith Divided

  • Understand Papal Authority in Crisis: The Avignon Popes and the Great Papal Schism.
  • Explore the Restoration and the Reform.

Week 2: The Faith Divided

  • Learn about the Different Varieties of Reform.
  • Understand St. Ignatius and the Jesuit Way of Proceeding.

Week 3: The Faith in a New World

  • Learn about the World at War: Europe in the Seventeenth Century.
  • Understand the Catholic Church on the Eve of the Revolution.

Week 4: The Faith in an Age of Revolutions

  • Learn about the Church and the Scientific Revolution.
  • Understand the Reform and its Reaction.

Week 5: The Faith in an Age of Revolutions

  • Learn about America and Americanism.
  • Examine the Early Twentieth Century: Catholic Modernism and the Stirrings of Change.


Sandra Talarico


Church History: Faith Handed On. Catholic Basics: A Pastoral Ministry Series. Loyola Press, 2001.


The Holy Bible.


Church History II consists of ten lessons and ten assignments, as well as weekly discussions; with each assignment weighted at 10% (percent) of the total grade. Completion of the entire course is determined by either a pass or fail.


  • You must have Internet access. A high speed connection, either ADSL or cable, is recommended.
  • You should know how to use a web browser to navigate the web to locate educational resources and download files.
  • You will need the files management skills necessary to create directories, to save files and to retrieve files.
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