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The Catholic Source Book: A Comprehensive Collection of Information about the Catholic Church Paperback – May, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: ACTA Publications; 3 edition (May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0159506530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0159506530
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rev. Peter Klein is a priest of the Diocese of Winona in Minnesota and has been collecting information for this book for many years. This Third Edition includes pertinent references to the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 1, 1999
I received this a few days back and have not been able to put it down. It has answers to questions you didn't even know you had. A clear, concise "almanac" of everything about the Life of Christ, the Bible, and the Catholic Church- the church that Christ founded.
This NEEDS to be on your shelf right next your Bible, Catechism, and Crusifix.
May God bless all who read this with a full appreciation of the Catholic Faith.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 1999
What a fabulous resource! So much in a single book of 500 pages. The anecdotes throughout provide a human touch to the information. The index provides fast access to the book's contents. Wonderfully laid out and really easy to use. I'm ordering one for all the teachers in the religion department.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 17, 2002
This source book contains brief entries on thousands of topics on Catholic history, traditions, etc. You won't find detailed information - but that's not the purpose of the book. It's meant to provide quick facts. I use this as a starting place - this gives me enough information to carry on with a more extensive search elsewhere, if I want to know more.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By GT/PTBI Aggie on April 2, 2006
Even though I'm just 29, I've been in Catholic Education Programs involving Junior High and High School Students for over 15 years now, and when I first read this book, I made it one of the required readings for at least all of the catechists that I have since instructed, especially those that, over the years, have not had adequate religious instruction over the years. These are the ones that complain about reading the bible, left wondering what the point of it is, and in some cases not knowing what the Catechism is. But this book uses larger fonts, pictures, figures, and various facts about church history and saints that make Catholicism so real and interesting. And being a visual person, I love the figures explaining the Reformation, differences we have with the Protestant faith, and the sadness that came from this considering the movement originated from a sorrowful story about difficulties in politics, sinfulness, and poor practices at the time, much as the American Catholic Church has been experiencing in the past decade. But this also explains how the foundations of our faith are what we need to remember and that sinners of our faith should not deter us from the "one holy, catholic and apostolic Church" (Nicene Creed) we declare we believe in.

It's hard to summarize the elements of the Catholic faith in this book, but for the catechists that I instruct , making sure that they are responsible in understanding the faith that they are to state they believe in upon receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation, I make them read every topic we cover in our instruction, knowing that there is a chapter or section that covers this in "The Catholic Source Book." I also recommend "The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth," by Brian Singer-Towns, et al.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 1999
This newest edition is simply beautiful. It is full of information that can satisfy anyone's questions, beautiful illustrations, etc. An absolute must for all Catholic libraries and homes.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jayne on November 2, 2005
Make some room next to your treasured family Bible and Catechism. This reference work is a great tool for your Catholic studies. I especially like the tibits of information on the Church, Traditions, Catholic Symbols, and the Liturgical Year. Its a great refresher for cradle Catholics, and a great starting point for those new to the Church. The book is relatively easy to use. I recommend it for middle school students and older.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "rachellesmommy2001" on November 12, 2001
This book is so informative! I'm new to the Catholic faith, and this book answers almost all my questions! A great book for newbies like me!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Preston on November 15, 2007
This is a great resource for random Catholic questions- on liturgical year, ancient signs and symbols, liturgy topics, etc.
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