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Catechism of the Catholic Church/English Paperback – July 27, 1994

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 802 pages
  • Publisher: Liguori Pubns; E Printing edition (July 27, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892435666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892435661
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 1998
Written by the Vatican and translated by the Vatican as the official, most complete answer to "What are Catholics to believe?" short of visiting the Vatican itself and conducting interviews with Vatican officials. Written in modern English, it is very readable cover to cover or as a reference manual. The only aspect of this work which mars it from a perfect 10 rating in my opinion is the fact that it is not simply one volume in a multivolume set, where these other hypothetical volume(s) would delve into apologetic biblical/historical evidence supporting each Catholic belief and explaining away Protestant objections to Catholic beliefs. This book exhaustively answers "What do Catholics believe?" but not "And why do they believe that?" nor "And why don't they believe these Protestant beliefs?"
As a practicing Latin Rite Roman Catholic, I refer to this book all the time. I would consider the book useful to non-Catholics as well, who want to learn precisely what Catholics believe, straight from the horse's mouth: the Vatican, which is the custodian and focal point of all statements, decisions, and publications of Roman Catholic bishops worldwide (who are believed to be, by Catholics, successors of the 11 apostles---minus Judas---after Christ's resurrection and who are the modern day apostles). All other cathecisms are knock-offs and immitations of this official Vatican publication.
803 pages total
This feedback is solely my individual opinion and is in no way associated with my employer nor with any other organization.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10, 1998
"Dad, what HAPPENS when you go to cofession?" "Do dogs have souls?" "What about capital punishment?" "My friends say evolution is wrong. What does the Church teach?"
Answers to these and hundreds of other questions your kids (or you) are likely to ask while you try to raise them in the faith are answered here. And, they are good answers ... ones that just about anybody can understand.
An great book, essential for answering the tough questions your kids come up with in between dinner and bedtime.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert B. Makinson on December 22, 2007
Comprehensive book of catholic teachings. The rhetoric is powerful as is the moral message. For example, in the section on Conscience we read: "Deep within his conscience man discovers a law which he has not laid upon himself but which he must obey. Its voice, ever calling him to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil, sounds in his heart at the right moment....For man has in his heart a law inscribed by God....His conscience is man's most secret core and his sanctuary. There he is alone with God whose voice echoes in his depths." All aspects of catholic teaching are clearly explained, and a summary is given at the end of each section. It is a good education for catholics and non-catholics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A.Trendl HungarianBookstore.com VINE VOICE on September 25, 2013
I grew up Catholic, served as an altar boy, followed the sacraments and thought I was a Catholic.

I received this as a gift from my parents. While thumbing through it, I realized I had no idea what being a Catholic was.

"Catechism of the Catholic Church" -- officially published by the Vatican -- is used by both protestant and Catholic schools to teach what Catholics believe. The top evangelical college in America (Wheaton College) even uses it for their Catholic theology course.

I realized while reading this I had no idea what a Catholic baptism was, what the Catholic Church said about saints, what Rome has to say about Catholics who have converted to another Christian faith. And I learned some things the priest in our Chicagoland parish was not teaching Catholic doctrine.

Whether you are Catholic or not, there is a fair chance you've bought into some of what pop-culture has said Catholic is and is not. This easy-to-read (thick, but well-organized) book will give you the Catholic position on the matter.

I fully recommend "Catechism of the Catholic Church."

Anthony Trendl
americanspeechwriter.com
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Honesty on April 8, 2015
This (beige type cover) CCC is outdated due to language translation errors.
The accurate version of the "Catechism of the Catholic Church" states on the cover: "Second Edition, revised in accordance with the official Latin text promulgated by Pope John Paul II".

In the USA the cover is dark green, and contains the Apostolic Letter "Laetamur Magnopere" in which the Latin Typical Edition of the CCC is approved and promulgated. (This can be found on the Vatican web site.)
The language translation errors were corrected and approved by Pope JP II on Aug. 15, 1997.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Rodriguez on April 8, 2014
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No words can describe this book. Its like having an encyclopedia. All the information and questions you ever had will cease as you read. The table of contents is perfect and so easy to follow. Whatever you want to know you can go to the articles and find the information in simple language. You will love the " Index of Citations" It list the Sacred Scriptures each book of the bible in relations to what you are reading. That's wonderful!
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Anyone who wants to know what Catholics really believe should have a copy of this book. It is easy to read, has an excellent index so one can find almost any topic. I recommend it as a reference manual, but it is good reading also.
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