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Catechisms and Controversies: Religious Education in the Postconciliar Years Paperback – November, 1991

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (November 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898703719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898703719
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,402,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on September 23, 2009
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Msgr. Michael Wrenn was co-author of the later book, Flawed Expectations: The Reception of the Catechism of the Catholic Church; this earlier (1991) book was published just shortly before the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Second Edition was released in 1992 (the English language edition was not released until 1994).

Wrenn aims to provide a background leading up the first draft/provisional text of the Catechism that was released in 1990, and which stirred up some "lively controversy." He points out that "it was none other than Martin Luther himself who inaugurated the age of the written catechism." Interestingly, Wrenn discounts the importance of the Baltimore Catechism, which "was one of many catechisms produced in varous parts of the Church.... According to some accounts, the Baltimore Catechism was never either as popular or as universal as the later mythology about it contended. Apparently it was subject to criticisms in various American dioceses virtually from the time of its first appearance, and some bishops evern issued their own catechisms in preference to it."

Wrenn is strongly opposed to much modern Catholic religious education, which is part of "The very same process of being 'educated' out of one's faith." For example, he strongly opposed the very popular (more than 1.5 million copies sold) textbook by Anthony Wilhelm,
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The fork in the road came about in 1962 when the avant garde took over the catechism.
Monsignor Wrenn wrote a great book about the catechism of which our children and grandkids have lost out on.
another book that I read over twenty years ago and I don't know of any other person that has.
God Bless
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