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Catechism of the Catholic Church Mass Market Paperback – Apr 15 1995

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Image; 2nd Edition edition (April 15 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385479670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385479677
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 3.8 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 99 customer reviews
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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


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

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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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By Steven R. McEvoy HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on March 13 2006
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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The Catechism of the Catholic Church is a deposit of the Catholic faith. It contains all of the doctrines and teachings of the Church with extensive citations to supporting authority. The first universal catechism in over 400 years (the last was the 16th century "Catechism of the Council of Trent"), this Catechism, in the introductory words of Pope John Paul II, is for "every individual ... who wants to know what the Catholic Church believes".
However, for reasons I will explain later, some Catholics strive to steer other Catholics (and non-Catholics) away from the Catechism by claiming it is "against" or "pre" Vatican II. This is an utterly spurious claim, as demonstrated by the following facts:
1. Vatican II explicitly prescribed a new catechesis of the Catholic faithful. Accordingly, in 1985, an extraordinary synod of Catholic bishops mandated a new catechism.
2. The Catechism of the Catholic Church was completed and published in 1992 (First Edition) and 2000 (Second Edition), with extensive citations to: (i) Scripture; (ii) the Councils of the Church during its 2,000 year history; (iii) the writings of the early Church fathers; (iv) the writings of the saints; and (v) other authorities, such as papal encyclicals, etc. Indeed, every doctrine and teaching propounded in the Catechism (and virtually every sentence) is carefully footnoted to supporting authority.
3. The largest source of citations in the Catechism is, naturally, Scripture. That is, the Catechism cites Scripture more times than it cites any other source.
4. However, THE SECOND LARGEST SOURCE OF CITATIONS IN THE CATECHISM IS VATICAN II. That is, besides Scripture, the Catechism cites the 16 documents of Vatican II more times than it cites any other source.
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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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No doubt many other Catholics associate the word "catechism" with the simple and often-mocked books written in the past to introduce children to their Catholic faith. Be assured this is a different creature entirely. In a bit over 800 pages it covers all the basics of Catholic faith. I can't imagine any Catholic who's faith and understanding wouldn't be strengthened by reading the CCC from cover to cover. It's also a reference that can be opened to any page at random and provide insights. For both Catholics and non-Catholics, the CCC is the place to turn to find out what the Catholic Church -really- teaches, as opposed to what some of the more agitated Catholic-bashers may claim it teaches.
I was largely prompted to write this review after reading the bitter comments by "Todd" in an earlier review. Not only is Vatican Council II mentioned in the CCC (starting on, ahem, page 1!), but documents from that council are referenced quite often, as are documents from many other councils, writings of the church fathers, and, of course, the Bible.
As for arcane and difficult to read, here are a couple of passages, chosen at random as I type: "346 In creation God laid a foundation and established laws that remain firm, on which the believer can rely with confidence, for they are the sign and pledge of the unshakeable faithfullness of God's covenant. For his part man must remain faithful to this foundation and respect the laws which the creator has written into it." "2268 The fifth commandment forbids direct and intentional killing as gravely sinful. The murderer and those who cooperate voluntarily in murder commit a sin that cries out to heaven for vengeance.
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