Catechism of the Catholic Church

Catechism of the Catholic Church Here it is the first new Catechism of the Catholic Church in than years a complete summary of what Catholic throughout the world believe in common This book is the catechism the word means instru

  • Title: Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • Author: John Paul II The Catholic Church Pope Benedict XVI United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • ISBN: 9780385479677
  • Page: 182
  • Format: Paperback
  • Here it is the first new Catechism of the Catholic Church in than 400 years, a complete summary of what Catholic throughout the world believe in common This book is the catechism the word means instruction that will serve as the standarad for all future catechisms.The Catechism draws on the Bible, the Mass, the Sacraments, Church tradition and teaching, and thHere it is the first new Catechism of the Catholic Church in than 400 years, a complete summary of what Catholic throughout the world believe in common This book is the catechism the word means instruction that will serve as the standarad for all future catechisms.The Catechism draws on the Bible, the Mass, the Sacraments, Church tradition and teaching, and the lives of saints It comes with a complete index, footnotes and cross references for a fuller understanding of every subject Using the tradition of explaining what the Church believes the Creed , what she celebrates the Sacraments , what she lives the Commandments , and what she prays the Lord s Prayer , the Catechism of the Catholic Church offers challenges for believers and answers for all those interested in learning about the mystery of the Catholic faith Here is a positive, coherent and contemporary map for our spiritual journey toward transformation.The Catechism of the Catholic Church is, as Pope John Paul II calls it, a special gift.

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  • John Paul II The Catholic Church Pope Benedict XVI United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

    Saint Pope John Paul II Latin Ioannes Paulus II , born Karol J zef Wojty a was elected Pope at the Conclave of 16 October 1978, and he took the name of John Paul II On 22 October, the Lord s Day, he solemnly inaugurated his Petrine ministry as the 263rd successor to the Apostle His pontificate, one of the longest in the history of the Church, lasted nearly 27 years.Driven by his pastoral solicitude for all Churches and by a sense of openness and charity to the entire human race, John Paul II exercised the Petrine ministry with a tireless missionary spirit, dedicating it all his energy He made 104 pastoral visits outside Italy and 146 within Italy As bishop of Rome he visited 317 of the city s 333 parishes.He had meetings than any of his predecessors with the People of God and the leaders of Nations More than 17,600,000 pilgrims participated in the General Audiences held on Wednesdays than 1160 , not counting other special audiences and religious ceremonies than 8 million pilgrims during the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000 alone , and the millions of faithful he met during pastoral visits in Italy and throughout the world We must also remember the numerous government personalities he encountered during 38 official visits, 738 audiences and meetings held with Heads of State, and 246 audiences and meetings with Prime Ministers.His love for young people brought him to establish the World Youth Days The 19 WYDs celebrated during his pontificate brought together millions of young people from all over the world At the same time his care for the family was expressed in the World Meetings of Families, which he initiated in 1994 John Paul II successfully encouraged dialogue with the Jews and with the representatives of other religions, whom he several times invited to prayer meetings for peace, especially in Assisi.Under his guidance the Church prepared herself for the third millennium and celebrated the Great Jubilee of the year 2000 in accordance with the instructions given in the Apostolic Letter Tertio Millennio adveniente The Church then faced the new epoch, receiving his instructions in the Apostolic Letter Novo Millennio ineunte, in which he indicated to the faithful their future path.With the Year of the Redemption, the Marian Year and the Year of the Eucharist, he promoted the spiritual renewal of the Church He gave an extraordinary impetus to Canonizations and Beatifications, focusing on countless examples of holiness as an incentive for the people of our time He celebrated 147 beatification ceremonies during which he proclaimed 1,338 Blesseds and 51 canonizations for a total of 482 saints He made Th r se of the Child Jesus a Doctor of the Church.He considerably expanded the College of Cardinals, creating 231 Cardinals plus one in pectore in 9 consistories He also called six full meetings of the College of Cardinals His most important Documents include 14 Encyclicals, 15 Apostolic Exhortations, 11 Apostolic Constitutions, 45 Apostolic Letters He promulgated the Catechism of the Catholic Church in the light of Tradition as authoritatively interpreted by the Second Vatican Council He also reformed the Eastern and Western Codes of Canon Law, created new Institutions and reorganized the Roman Curia.In the light of Christ risen from the dead, on 2 April 2005 at 9.37 p.m while Saturday was drawing to a close and the Lord s Day was already beginning, the Octave of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday, the Church s beloved Pastor, John Paul II, departed this world for the Father On April 1, 2011, he was raised to the glory of the altars and on April 27, 2014 canonized.


  • This was my third full time to read the Catechism all the way through, though I have read many parts of it piecemeal. This time I read it using an online service which you can subscribe to here. I highly recommend it as a painless way to read though the CCC in a year. You only receive emails during the week; two days off for week-ends. Even if you get behind you can catch-up later just by saving the email notifications. They also offer a similar service to learn the Popes in a year. The papal in [...]

  • For every Catholic and for anyone who has honest questions about Catholicism. "Why the rosary?Why MaryWhy communion?cetera." This book has direct Biblical reference (by Chapter and verse) to every question that could be possible asked of Catholics. A great resource for Apologetic discussions.

  • In a former life I used to believe that the Catechism was a collection of rules imposed on believers. At that time I only understood a quarter of the Church's teachings and disagreed with another quarter (. While I still have much theological ignorance, I would be hardpressed to find a passage in the Catechism with which I now disagree. This is not because I have surrendered my intellect to the dictates of an authoritarian Church. Rather, I have come to believe that the teachings contained in th [...]

  • This book will probably be on my currently reading list forever for two reasons. first because it is an invaluable tool for my formation and maturing in my faithcondly, I can't figure out how to add shelvesLOLgoing to finish it this year in the Year of FAith!!

  • It really upsets me that most Catholics haven't read this. Totally shameless. Read it people!! You never know, you just might learn something.

  • I have never actually read through the entire Catechism. The Catechism is often thought of as the Catholic "rule book" and that is true in a way because a catechism is a summary of Catholic belief. However, it is not couched as we would normally think of a "rule book." The Catechism flows through four big ideas: The Profession of Faith, The Celebration of the Christian Mystery, Life in Christ, and Christian Prayer. There is a good explanatory article here by Mary DeTurris Poust who wrote The Idi [...]

  • Yes, as a baptist I read the Catholic catechism. I wanted to read what the Catholic church said rather than get it from others. There are some portions that are very, very good. The section on the Apostle's Creed, Life in Christ, and the section are prayer.Of course, there are things that I disagree with, but I can also say that many things I have been told Catholics believe did not come through in their catechism.

  • The trouble with reading a book like this one is that it will sabotage all the preconceptions you have so carefully formed over the years about what Catholics really believe. This was an encouraging and often edifying read.That said, I have many fundamental disagreements with the Roman Catholic church. However, not as many as I thought I possessed!I would strongly suggest that you read this along with the official documents of Vatican II so that you can see in full the official dogma of Catholic [...]

  • Essential reading for any Catholic Helps so many things to click and make sense. A good resource for any Catholic bookshelf. One that you can go back to over and over for any questions that may arise or ongoing faith formation.

  • This catechism is not "user-friendly" in any way. I find it very confusing, and as someone else has noted, far too wordy.

  • E finito! I am so proud of myself. I did it! Take that Baltimore Catechism, take that! OK, I must admit I am still going to randomly blabber Baltimore Cathecism answers because I still dig them.

  • An absolute read for every Catholic and anyone wanting to know what the Catholic Church actually teaches. Don't take your information from television, the newspaper, your neighbour or even another Catholic to start with. If you want the real, honest teaching, look it up here. I've dabbled in the Catechism many times, looking things up and following rabbit trails. However, I read the Catechism from start to finish using a schedule during the entire year of 2013. Brief readings every single day, e [...]

  • So what do I think about the Catechism of the Catholic Church?Might as well ask, 'What do I think about the Bible?'The CCC can be called the 'Bible' of the Roman Catholic Church. It is divided into four parts:1) The Creed, which was written at the Council of Jerusalem in 50 AD. Any Christian should know it by heart, "We believe in God " But few Christians fully understand what they are professing. Part one reaffirms the intention that has not changed for two thousand years.2) The Sacraments are [...]

  • This is a wonderful volume. It has been criticized for being dry and overly verbose, and then defended by its encyclopedic nature. But I don't find it to be all that dry, and actually read the entire thing over the course of a year and quite enjoyed doing so. It's a great reference. I have both the small white hardcover edition, which makes for easy reading, and the large green edition, which is unwieldy but has a great index along with other supplements. A must-have for any Catholic home.

  • I hardly know where to start. Parts of this book have the potential for much good in the world. the actual Church that comes out of this document, or from which this document comes, depending on your point of view, is so morally bankrupt that one imagines they have had no exposure to the message of Jesus. Much of Christianity falls out based on the writings of Paul, the most successful, long term productive spy of all time. Sent as a Roman spy to destroy the church of Christ from within, he kind [...]

  • What inspired me to read this book was another book. C.S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters. The book opened my eyes to just how easily one can be led astray, no matter how Christian we believe ourselves to be. All of us slip, it's what we do, and the majority of us don't catch ourselves at it. I started reading this, because I truly want to answer these questions: What does it mean to be Catholic? If you do not follow the Vatican, are you still Catholic, even if you do live by the Apostle's Creed and th [...]

  • Want to know what Catholics believe? Read the Catechism. And if you have any trouble understanding anything stated, simply look up and read the references.

  • For "The Year of Faith", Sarah and I read 7 paragraphs per day. What a treasure this book is! Yet another important legacy left by our beloved JP2.

  • Hard to put down at night! The read is satisfying, productive, and effective. It's well written, flows nicely, and will answer your questions about the Roman Catholic Church. It's far from a book of rules, as some may be wary about by the look of it. The Catholic articles of faith are declared simply, clearly, and yes--even beautifully on occasion. It's solemn, yet does not come across (AT ALL) as self-righteous. The size and title of the book make it appear laborious and tremendously boring. It [...]

  • Started this as spiritual reading thanks to a recommendation from the Happy Catholic. The early part makes me want to read the bible more, for as St. Jerome says, "He who is ignorant of Scriptures is ignorant of Christ."UPDATEFinally finished it. It is not the best book to read straight through. It is well organized but a little dry. Not completely dry, though. Many quotes from saints writings (including biographies like Augustine's Confession and St. Teresa's Story of a Soul) are used to illust [...]

  • You know, the religion where the founder said blessed be the humble while the current king lives in a palace and makes people kiss his finger when they meet him. Lies, lies, lies that were once upon a time shoved down my throat. Religion is the drug of the people. Catholicism is Adderall. Buddhism is oxycodone. Any religion is a fable, some a bit fancier than others (you probably stopped believing in the tooth fairy before you gave up on Santa Claus, right?) Either way, they are all lies. Libera [...]

  • i learned about the basic structure of the catholic church, how they understand god, jesus, mary, the sacraments, and really the entire mission of salvation; from an insider point of view, I take solace in the sound writing of the catechism as the church faces so much ridicule; it clarified the purpose, mission, and organization of the church for me; it did nothing to help reconcile the conflict of defining the crux of my existence through one of the church's mortal sins, HOWEVER, it was informa [...]

  • The CCC was promulgated at a time when there was so much confusion about what the Church actually taught. It's remarkable not only for the breadth and depth of its presentation of the faith, but also for the clarity with which it is presented. While there were some minor revisions made a few years after its publication it can safely be said it was exactly what was needed, when it was needed (OK, to be honest I would have liked it to have been published about 25 years earlier, but still). The boo [...]

  • After returning to the church, I used this as a reference for everything catholic for many years. Then, at the suggestion by our priest for a new years resolution, I decided to read this book from front to back. I was little hesitant to read this because I might come across something I would not agree with and have to struggle with. I was delighted by the eloquence in writing. The clarity of what exactly the church believes on many subjects, the references to scripture and early church fathers w [...]

  • I've always considered the Catechism a reference book, so it never occurred to me to read it through cover to cover. When Flocknote did their "Read the Catechism in a Year" e-mails, though, I decided to try it, and I'm so glad that I did! Amazingly, the readings matched up well with whatever was currently going on in the Church, especially reading about specific Sacraments and then participating in them soon afterwards. I don't know if this was due to a special grace or the fact that the Church [...]

  • I started reading this in 1995, however, I started only referring to it when I had a specific question regarding the Church's teachings. I just finished it.I am so happy that our church leaders have compiled the teachings of the church into this book. I sometimes think about the reasons why there are so many different Christian denominations, 30,000 reported, and believe sola scriptura along with the lack of guidance and solidarity among our Christian brothers has caused the perpetual divisions [...]

  • Even if, like a few of my friends, you are a stone-cold atheist, you could still profit immensely from an attentive reading of the catechism. In many ways it's a history of Western philosophy from 325 AD to the Reformation, and you cannot claim to understand the history and development of Europe without at least a rudimentary grasp of the Catholic Church and its theology. Sure, it can be dry and exasperatingly circular, BUT this book is so well indexed and footnoted that you can lay it aside for [...]

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