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April 15 1995

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."


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Catechism of the Catholic Church is the first new edition of the catechism in 400 years. Catechism means "instruction," and this text will remain the standard reference for Catholics for many future generations. It is the authoritative summary of Catholic belief regarding the Church creeds, sacraments, commandments, and prayers. To get some idea of the level of detail with which the Catechism engages Catholic doctrine, consider that 17 pages of explanation accompany the opening words of the Apostle's Creed ("I Believe in God the Father"). The book is exceptionally well organized, with line-by-line explanations of every conceivable aspect of orthodox Catholic belief. Extensive cross-referencing, indexing, footnotes, and "In Brief" summaries of each section further ease the project of finding the precise answers to any questions a reader might have. Even the layout of information on the page is easy on the eyes, with wide margins for readers who wish to make notes. Furthermore, the back cover features a true rarity in the annals of world literature: a blurb by the Pope. --Michael Joseph Gross

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

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Protestant's Point of View July 19 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Being a Protestant, yet deeply respectful and, at the same time, curious about the Catholic Church, I was looking to learn more about Her. Regrettably, there are many misguided people out there who have very one-sided, skewed, and often just plain incorrect views of the Catholic Church. Sometimes, as a Protestant who just didn't know any better, it was difficult for me to seperate the fact from the fiction.
That's where this book came in. I found that if you want answers on something, go to the source. And the Catechism of the Catholic Church is just the source I needed. I found this book extremely useful in learning exactly what the Catholic Church believed without all that outsider bias.
For anyone outside the Catholic faith who really wants to know more true, bare facts about what it is to be Catholic and hold Catholic beliefs, this is book is a great start.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Edition March 13 2006
By Steven R. McEvoy HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
There are many versions of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and even many different editions of each of those versions, so one would beg the question why review a book so readily available and so accessible. That would be a good question to ask. There is the "original edition" the "second edition" and now there is also a "Definitive editiom" so why would we examine this work?

The answer is that like with Shakespeare, for which there are innumerable editions each reader tends to gravitate towards a specific version or set of editions. In having spent many hours reading these documents over the last few months I can only state categorically that this is the "best packaging" of the Catechism that I have yet to investigate. The larger format makes it easier to work with than many of the smaller pocket version, the wide margins left for personal notes and thoughts is much appreciated. As well this edition is the only one I have found with a glossary and it also has a more extensive index then the other two editions I examined.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding catechism, if used properly ! April 26 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Some reviewers have given one star to this book because they misused it. Obviously, this book contains the whole teaching of the Catholic Church, and is therefore a condensed book with lots of useful references. If one buys this book for a child or for an adult new to the Catholic Church, it would be like feeding a 2-month old child with solid food. There are different levels of books on the market to introduce the Catholic faith to newcomers.
This book is a rich source of information for both Catholics and non-Catholics, who want to go deep in the teachings of the Catholic Church.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK Oct. 3 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I bought this particular version of the catechism and returned it to the book store two days later. The book is not decently made and the pages start coming off of the binding as soon as you start looking through the book. In trying to read one of the first chapters, the pages just kept falling out. I also know two other people that this happened to with this version of the catechism.
Buy any other version, but not this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good product Feb. 21 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Its a Catechism, and what's there to say. It helps you in every single way, so don't you fret, don't you fear, this big green book will help you steer, (in the path of being a catholic).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Product Review Feb. 11 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Every Catholic who wants to deepen their faith and understand what he or she believes in and why should read this book. Not in a hurry but in bite size sections for daily reading. The lay out is actually structured in that format of short readings so it is easy to read. You need time to meditate and digest the reading. It has become part of my daily devotional.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have Dec 1 2013
By Nicola Manning-Mansfield HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book arrived on time and in great shape and the cost was barely...
I will use this book as a constant reference. Cant beat the truth and its all in this book. I have already given away a couple of copies to others who were searching for the truth.
Published 5 months ago by Nancy T.
5.0 out of 5 stars It has all the answers!
This book has all the answers you may possibly want to know! Dive into this especially with the DVD Set "Catholicism" by Father Barron and you'll be able to learn in so... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lydia Liao
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST!
I love it because it is a wonderful and secure way of knowing my faith better. Have been reading it since it came out in 1992. I love to hand it out as a gift. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Michele Gauthier
2.0 out of 5 stars Not well formatted for Kindle
It appears the basic Catechism text was copied, pasted, and converted to a kindle file without actually being reformatted for reading on a kindle. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Tim V
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Study Book
I actually thought I was going to get the shortened version for the price I paid, but I was absolutely delighted to see that I got the full version. Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2011 by ShelleyMaxwell
4.0 out of 5 stars Mannys catholic experience
The book Catechism of the Catholic Church is a real good informational book. You gain a lot by just reading this book. Read more
Published on March 22 2004 by Manny Gonzalez
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not purchase!!
Unbelievable. As a lifetime Catholic for 43+ years and just made my spouse recently convert, I wanted to purchase a book that can tell us about the Roman Catholic faith in simple... Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2004 by Arthur Felix
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