The word catechism means “instruction”. The Catechism of the Catholic Church instructs us on the teachings of the Church. It presents “an organic synthesis of the essential and fundamental contents of Catholic doctrine, as regards both faith and morals, in the light of the Second Vatican Council and the whole of the Church’s Tradition. Its principal sources are the Sacred Scriptures, the Fathers of the Church, the liturgy, and the Church’s Magisterium” (from the Prologue).
The official Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition*, clearly spells out the Church's beliefs on:
Love and marriage
God, creation, humanity, life, death, and the afterlife
Mary, the Church, the saints, and the sacraments
And much, much more
*The second edition is revised to conform completely with the official Latin text promulgated by Pope John Paul II in 1997, the book now also includes an extensive glossary and analytical index to make it even more "user friendly." Unlike the catechism you may have used as a child, the official Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition, doesn't have a question-and-answer format. Designed for lay use, it can be read from cover-to-cover or with its handy index, used as a resource to find a specific teaching on a specific topic. A "must" for every Catholic household. The official Catechism of the Catholic Church makes the perfect gift for graduation, Confirmation, birthdays, and Christmas. Having the Catechism to turn to is a great comfort when faced with questions about the faith or perhaps just trying to figure out where we stand as Catholics in today’s fast paced and often times confusing world. If you have ever needed a little guidance or questioned exactly what it means to be Catholic, the Catechism of the Catholic Church is an excellent and reliable resource.
I have purchased two copies to date - one for our family and one as a gift. This is an excellent edition of a text that all Catholic families should have in their home. Best Uses: Reference/Learning; Pros: Comprehensive/Complete
Great way to learn about the faith
Thomas (Kokomo, IN, June 14, 2010)
Great Confirmation gift.
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Patriot (Davie, Florida, November 16, 2010)
This is the Teaching of our Catholic Faith. If we call ourselves Catholics then we must be able to explain our religion.
The great thing about it is it lays out the foundations of our religion.It is a great read and reference.
I can't find anything negative. It is genuine,systematic presentation of the faith and Catholic doctrine.
ACCURATE - "CCC Second Edition"
Annie (Florida USA, November 24, 2010)
This "CCC 2nd Ed" covers everything we need to know about Church teachings regarding Faith and Morals.
It cuts out any confusion in today's secular society.
Contains all teachings of the Church that Catholics are REQUIRED to believe.
This is truly a gift from the Magesterium of the Church, promulgated by Pope John Paul II, with Imprimi Potest by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, copywrite held by the Holy See. First printing in the USA in March 2000.
A previous copy that was printed in the late 1990's had translation errors. This version does not. Best Uses: Doctrine - Faith Morals, For everyone over age 15, Makes great gifts, Sure Norm for teaching; Cons: none; Pros: A MUST for EVERY HOME
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A Catholic Who Came Home, (Northern California, March 11, 2011)
As a reference guide, this book will have a great deal of use over a long period of time, so I was concerned that it might not stand the test. I examined it as closely as I could, without downright subjecting it to abuse, and it seems very flexible and well put together. Altogether a good value.
A must have for Catholics
Scott (San Francisco CA, February 28, 2011)
I also use the CCC when reading a passage from the Bible. I go to the index look up the passage I just read and read the related paragraphs. Cons: none; Pros: Easy to find subjects, Easy To Read, Has great source indexes
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Carol (Largo, FL, March 6, 2012)
I have browsed and even have done research on one subject in this book. Will take me a long time to digest all that is printed.
Words to Reference, for a Catholic
Brother (USA, May 1, 2012)
Catholic Reference Material
Dorothy (Stillwater, March 29, 2014)
Wonderful resource for our faith. I refer to it on a regular basis as a reference.