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The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Catholic Catechism (Idiot's Guides) Paperback – March 4, 2008
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David I. Fulton, S.T.D., J.C.D., a priest of the Diocese of Metuchen, New Jersey, holds doctorates in theology and canon law, and is on the faculty of St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore.
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Although I bought the Guide to the Catholic Catechism as a possible reference book, and so have not read it cover to cover, I have dipped into a number of sections and have found it to take its subjects seriously, even while being written in an accessible, conversational way. In other words, you will learn a lot without feeling like you are working at it.
Another plus, important to me, is that every section I have read seems straightforward and free of bias. I could not tell you if the author is a liberal or a conservative. (As someone involved in Catholic education, I was happy to see that the book has an imprimatur, meaning that it is not contrary to defined Catholic doctrine.)
In short, I very much like what I have seen, and would recommend this guide as a personal reference tool or a tool for the classroom.
BOTH "Catholicism for Dummies" AND the "Complete Idiot's Guide to the Catholic Catechism" have imprimaturs AND BOTH serve the common good in evangelization and catechesis. The dichotomy is rather between those authors and books faithful to the Magisterium and those which are disloyal. EITHER orthodox OR heterodox since something is EITHER true or it is false. We wish to congratulate Mary and Fr. David for doing a book on the Catechism. Doing so does not conflict with our pride in our recent work "Catholicism Answer Book: 300 of the Most Frequently Asked Questions" since we sincerely believe our books complement the 'Complete Idiot's Guide to the Catholic Catechism.Read more ›
Since this one is on the Catholic Catechism itself it is really an introduction to the Catholic faith for beginners along with and introduction explaining the Catechism and the format. For many the size of the Catechism of the Catholic Church is daunting and some might find the language used to be difficult so there will always be a place for a smaller catechism. I remember when I first came across a small catechism at the library written by a source I don't remember, though the experience of reading even these short explanations of the Catholic faith had quite an effect on my life and got me to accept some sins that I up to that point I would have rather have not learned were sins. So I can certainly see how important even a shorter treatment of the Catechism can be.
I found the Complete Idiot's Guide to the Catholic Catechism to be totally in conformance with the Catholic faith and presented the faith quite well. There are plenty of sidebars to further explain words and concepts likely to be unfamiliar to the reader as is common with these types of books. It is also written in a manner easy to read and she uses some humor in her explanations. Though she does not let the humor get in the way and mainly keeps to explaining the various paragraphs of the Catechism. As you would expect there are paragraph reference numbers to the Catechism throughout the book.Read more ›
That said, some of the text-box asides are problematic. The "True Confessions" comment for Holy Orders takes a reflexively defensive posture about the all-male priesthood, and explains that women "have always held positions of power within the Church." Should the attainment of power really be held up as a path to follow? In the same text-box, the author explains that "many sisters and lay women and men are administrators of parishes, taking care of most of the nonsacramental work of a local church." Actually, the rise of parish administrators is at odds with canon law and Church teaching. In 1999, the Congregation for the Clergy and seven other dicasteries decreed that "the non-ordained faithful do not enjoy a right to such tasks and functions" and that they should only be performed in extraordinary circumstances ("Instruction on Certain Questions Regarding the Collaboration of the Non-Ordained Faithful in the Sacred Ministry of the Priest.")
Likewise, in one of the early chapters, there is a discussion of how the Church's catechetical establishment moved away from the use of Q&A-style catechisms in the aftermath of Vatican II. (Fans of the time-tested Baltimore Catechism are said to be "traditional Catholics, who prefer the old time religion.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this book for my confirmation. It really helped me grasp a better understanding of the the catholic faith. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent research book. Although the instructor for the group that I am in has had it for the past two weeks. I have not really had it long enough to write a true review of it.Published 14 months ago by Alec M.
I appreciate how some of the older traditions are explained in easy to follow format. Fantastic book for anyone who wants to know more about the Catholic Church.Published 15 months ago by stacey
This book was amazingly helpful for understanding all things Catholic. Let's be frank, the Catechism Is a weighty tome, daunting to anyone discovering Catholicism for the first... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Brother Mark
This book was very easy to understand, I now use it as a reference book.
With Catholic traditions finally, clearly explained. Read more