Pope John Paul II envisioned the Catechism as a sure and authentic refence text for teaching Catholic doctrine paricularly for preparing local catechists.
The bishops of the United States determined a national adult catechism would be an effective way to achieve the goal of preserving the teachings in the Catechism while taking into consideration the local situation and culture. Explanation, questions and answers in each chapter.
softcover/ 637 pages
This pocket sized paperback is a complete summary of what Catholics throughout the world believe in common. It comes with a full index, footnotes and cross reference for a fuller understanding of every subject.
The Catechism is an essential for every Catholic home. It draws on the Bible, the Mass, the sacraments, Church tradition and teaching, and the lives of the saints. 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 offers challenges for believers and answers for all those interested in learning about the mystry of the Catholic faith.
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.
Companion to the Catechism of the Catholic Church: A Compendium of Texts Referred to in the Catechism of the Catholic Church
The Catechism of the Catholic Church reads "often the texts of Sacred Scripture are not quoted literally but merely indicated as a reference (`Cf.') in the footnotes. For a deeper understanding of those passages, the reader should go to the texts themselves. These Biblical references are a working tool for catechesis." This Companion to the Catechism of the Catholic Church Book of References contains all the passages of Sacred Scripture referred to in the Catechism arranged according to the paragraphs in which the references are made. But that is only a beginning. The Catechism also refers to conciliar texts, papal documents, writings of the Fathers and of the Saints. There are more than 3,600 of these references extending from the earliest credal formulations of the ancient Church to the documents of Vatican II and beyond to the magisterial teaching of Pope John Paul II. The Book of References includes all the texts referred to arranged, along with the Scripture passages, according to the paragraphs of the Catechism in which they are referred. This Book of References is a valuable instrument in teaching, understanding, and implementing the Catechism. It is a handy one-volume reference library for use with the Catechism.