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About This Series vii
Chapter 1 What Is the Catechism of the Catholic Church? 1
Chapter 2 A Walk Through the Catechism 11
Chapter 3 The Four Pillars: Creed, Sacraments, Morality Prayer 17
Chapter 4 A Quick Look at the U.S. Catechism 33
Posted January 6, 2013
The introduction to this new Catholic Update Guide describes the Catechism of the Catholic Church as a comprehensive summary of Catholic doctrine that “articulates and elaborates what we say every Sunday in the Creed, the way we strive to live morally and ethically, and the way we communicate with God in prayer. Yet, writes Editor Carol Kendzia, the catechism is unfamiliar to a significant number of people. Upon its publication in 1992, Blessed Pope John Paul II declared the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) a “sure norm for teaching the faith.” We learn that the 1992 edition was written in French, and it was intended as an aid to others to draw up new local catechisms that allow for cultural differences while preserving the unity of the faith. To that end, in 2006 the United States Conference of Catholic bishops published the “United States Catholic Catechism for Adults.” This Catholic Update Guide traces the history of catechisms in the Church, including spoken (later written) instructions by Church Fathers, the Council of Trent’s Roman Catechism, and the United States bishops’ Baltimore Catechism, familiar to older Catholics. Kendzia explains that the new catechism was designed to address such topics as ecumenism, revised liturgy, and current social and moral issues. It “builds upon the traditional teachings of the Church and incorporates the insights of Vatican II and other major documents published since that council. With its concise overview of the CCC, this guide urges all Catholics to look to the current catechism as a primary sourcebook on their faith.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.