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Catechism of the Catholic Church

by U.s. Catholic Church

The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group | April 15, 1995 | Mass Market Paperbound

Catechism of the Catholic Church is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.

Here it is -- the first new Catechism of the Catholic Church in more 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."

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 864 pages, 6.85 × 4.19 × 1.39 in

Published: April 15, 1995

Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385479670

ISBN - 13: 9780385479677

Found in: Bible and Bible Studies

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Have 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, ending late November.  I can't actually review the Catechism; these are just my thoughts.  It is a book of teaching (catechism actually means instructions), rules, explanations and a guide on how to live your life the way Jesus asks us to in the Bible and through oral tradition.  Any question you may have about Catholic doctrine or Christian living is answered within these pages.  Almost the entire book I found enlightening and I'm glad I can say I have read the whole thing.  I found many passages that I've heard spoken by Popes, famous Catholic personages, priests etc. that have been accredited to them but really is just them knowing the Church's teaching so well they can almost quote the Catechism verbatim.  I'll admit some parts were a little tedious and boring for me, it depends on how in depth on a topic you need to personally go, but by far and large I was captivated by most of the reading.  Scripture, the Church Fathers and Doctors of the Church (as well as many other Saints) are quoted extensively, so we are reading a lot of original source material.  The section on the Church's teaching of social justice (which denounces both communism and capitalism), is one where we could only wonder at how perfect and peaceful life on earth would be if all mankind could live according to the Body of Christ.  I find that having read this all the way through I have become a better Christian, a better Catholic, am able to explain my Faith a bit better and live it much better.  I don't think I'll read it front to back anytime soon (though that season may come again at some point) but Ill certainly be pulling it out frequently to see what exactly the Church's teaching is on a subject before I sound off, make a personal decision or try to explain a delicate concept.  You can't live your faith without knowing what that faith is, and the Catechism is where you can first go to get the answers.  Don't get me wrong, this in know way replaces the Bible.  It's purpose is completely different.  Don't let its size intimidate you either, as it is not difficult reading at all and can be read topically or randomly.  But as a Catholic one should never presume or assume one knows what the Church teaches, find out for yourself; the correct answers are only as far as this book which should be on a shelf in your home or office.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great resource This is a compact, easy to access resource for all Catholics who want to be better informed about their faith. Great for Bible Studies.
Date published: 2013-01-11

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Catechism of the Catholic Church

by U.s. Catholic Church

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 864 pages, 6.85 × 4.19 × 1.39 in

Published: April 15, 1995

Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385479670

ISBN - 13: 9780385479677

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Chapter One Man''s Capacity for God I.The Desire for God 27 The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for: The dignity of man rests above all on the fact that he is called to communion with God. This invitation to converse with God is addressed to man as soon as he comes into being. For if man exists, it is because God has created him through love, and through love continues to hold him in existence. He cannot live fully according to truth unless he freely acknowledges that love and entrusts himself to his creator.1 28 In many ways, throughout history down to the present day, men have given expression to their quest for God in their religious beliefs and behavior: in their prayers, sacrifices, rituals, meditations, and so forth. These forms of religious expression, despite the ambiguities they often bring with them, are so universal that one may well call man a religious being: From one ancestor [God] made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him--though indeed he is not far from each one of us. For "in him we live and move and have our being." 29 But this "intimate and vital bond of man to God" (GS 19,1) can be forgotten, overlooked, or e
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From the Publisher

Here it is -- the first new Catechism of the Catholic Church in more 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."

From the Jacket

Four centuries in the making, a monumental undertaking and a magnificent achievement, the first definitive Catholic Catechism since the Council of Trent in 1566 details the doctrine, dogma, and the basic tenets of the Church.

From Our Editors

Requiring more than seven years of research, nine complete redrafts, and more than 84,000 changes, the new Catechism conveys the Church's essential teachings clearly, concisely, and in a way that speaks directly to practicing Catholics. And, because of its interfaith openness, it relates to readers far beyond the borders of Catholicism

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"A sure and certain standard for the teaching of the faith." -- Pope John Paul II
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