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4.37 of 5 stars 4.37  ·  rating details  ·  5,294 ratings  ·  158 reviews
Here it is -- the first new Catechism of the Catholic Church in more than 400 years, a complete summary of what Catholic throughout the world believe in common. This book is the catechism (the word means "instruction") that will serve as the standarad for all future catechisms.

The Catechism draws on the Bible, the Mass, the Sacraments, Church tradition and teaching, and th
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Paperback, 864 pages
Published April 15th 1995 by Image (first published 1992)
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Deborah
Feb 26, 2008 Deborah is currently reading it
Geez...it actually makes sense. I think I'm a closet Catholic.
Chary
For every Catholic and for anyone who has honest questions about Catholicism. "Why the rosary?...Why Mary...Why communion?...etcetera." This book has direct Biblical reference (by Chapter and verse) to every question that could be possible asked of Catholics. A great resource for Apologetic discussions.
rebecca
This book will probably be on my currently reading list forever for two reasons. first because it is an invaluable tool for my formation and maturing in my faith....secondly, I can't figure out how to add shelves..LOL

going to finish it this year in the Year of FAith!!
Andrew
In a former life I used to believe that the Catechism was a collection of rules imposed on believers. At that time I only understood a quarter of the Church's teachings and disagreed with another quarter (. While I still have much theological ignorance, I would be hardpressed to find a passage in the Catechism with which I now disagree. This is not because I have surrendered my intellect to the dictates of an authoritarian Church. Rather, I have come to believe that the teachings contained in th ...more
booklady
The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) is probably the most difficult book I’ve ever attempted to review—and also one which matters more to me than all the rest. As such, I can’t write about it like some dry theological tome which the vast majority couldn’t understand and the rest wouldn’t bother with even though they could. Experience with using the CCC has taught me that it’s anything but a dusty religious relic. For years I approached the Catechism tentatively and with trepidation, as tho ...more
Jennifer
Feb 13, 2009 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Catholics
Shelves: catholicism
It really upsets me that most Catholics haven't read this. Totally shameless.

Read it people!! You never know, you just might learn something.
Madelyn
Essential reading for any Catholic... Helps so many things to click and make sense. A good resource for any Catholic bookshelf. One that you can go back to over and over for any questions that may arise or ongoing faith formation.
Matt
Jul 04, 2007 Matt rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Want to know what Catholics believe? Read the Catechism.
And if you have any trouble understanding anything stated, simply look up and read the references.
Nicola Mansfield
An absolute read for every Catholic and anyone wanting to know what the Catholic Church actually teaches. Don't take your information from television, the newspaper, your neighbour or even another Catholic to start with. If you want the real, honest teaching, look it up here. I've dabbled in the Catechism many times, looking things up and following rabbit trails. However, I read the Catechism from start to finish using a schedule during the entire year of 2013. Brief readings every single day, e ...more
Julie Davis
I have never actually read through the entire Catechism. The Catechism is often thought of as the Catholic "rule book" and that is true in a way because a catechism is a summary of Catholic belief. However, it is not couched as we would normally think of a "rule book." The Catechism flows through four big ideas: The Profession of Faith, The Celebration of the Christian Mystery, Life in Christ, and Christian Prayer. There is a good explanatory article here by Mary DeTurris Poust who wrote The Idi ...more
Chelsie
Dec 07, 2007 Chelsie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Megan!!!Come borrow it sometime!
If you are considering catholicism or just curious this is an excellent book to read. Full of information of beliefs and practices. Great tool and source of the catholic faith.
Ryan
For "The Year of Faith", Sarah and I read 7 paragraphs per day. What a treasure this book is! Yet another important legacy left by our beloved JP2.
Steven
This catechism is not "user-friendly" in any way. I find it very confusing, and as someone else has noted, far too wordy.
Rachel
Nov 22, 2009 Rachel marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: haven-t-finished
What inspired me to read this book was another book. C.S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters. The book opened my eyes to just how easily one can be led astray, no matter how Christian we believe ourselves to be. All of us slip, it's what we do, and the majority of us don't catch ourselves at it.

I started reading this, because I truly want to answer these questions: What does it mean to be Catholic? If you do not follow the Vatican, are you still Catholic, even if you do live by the Apostle's Creed and th
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Michael
Oct 28, 2007 Michael rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: truth seekers
i learned about the basic structure of the catholic church, how they understand god, jesus, mary, the sacraments, and really the entire mission of salvation; from an insider point of view, I take solace in the sound writing of the catechism as the church faces so much ridicule; it clarified the purpose, mission, and organization of the church for me; it did nothing to help reconcile the conflict of defining the crux of my existence through one of the church's mortal sins, HOWEVER, it was informa ...more
booklady
This book will probably be on my currently reading list forever for two reasons. First because it is an invaluable tool for my formation and maturing in my faith....secondly because I got this great idea for leaving it on my 'currently reading list' from Montanamom! Thanks MM! ☺
Carmen Hartono
So what do I think about the Catechism of the Catholic Church?

Might as well ask, 'What do I think about the Bible?'

The CCC can be called the 'Bible' of the Roman Catholic Church. It is divided into four parts:

1) The Creed, which was written at the Council of Jerusalem in 50 AD. Any Christian should know it by heart, "We believe in God ..." But few Christians fully understand what they are professing. Part one reaffirms the intention that has not changed for two thousand years.

2) The Sacraments a
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Joseph R.
Started this as spiritual reading thanks to a recommendation from the Happy Catholic. The early part makes me want to read the bible more, for as St. Jerome says, "He who is ignorant of Scriptures is ignorant of Christ."

UPDATE
Finally finished it. It is not the best book to read straight through. It is well organized but a little dry. Not completely dry, though. Many quotes from saints writings (including biographies like Augustine's Confession and St. Teresa's Story of a Soul) are used to illust
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Stephy
Mar 16, 2008 Stephy rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: sheep, millions of sheep, baa baa sheep
Recommended to Stephy by: my former church
I hardly know where to start. Parts of this book have the potential for much good in the world. the actual Church that comes out of this document, or from which this document comes, depending on your point of view, is so morally bankrupt that one imagines they have had no exposure to the message of Jesus. Much of Christianity falls out based on the writings of Paul, the most successful, long term productive spy of all time. Sent as a Roman spy to destroy the church of Christ from within, he kind ...more
Sten-Erik Armitage
The trouble with reading a book like this one is that it will sabotage all the preconceptions you have so carefully formed over the years about what Catholics really believe. This was an encouraging and often edifying read.

That said, I have many fundamental disagreements with the Roman Catholic church. However, not as many as I thought I possessed!

I would strongly suggest that you read this along with the official documents of Vatican II so that you can see in full the official dogma of Catholic
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Emily
I've always considered the Catechism a reference book, so it never occurred to me to read it through cover to cover. When Flocknote did their "Read the Catechism in a Year" e-mails, though, I decided to try it, and I'm so glad that I did! Amazingly, the readings matched up well with whatever was currently going on in the Church, especially reading about specific Sacraments and then participating in them soon afterwards. I don't know if this was due to a special grace or the fact that the Church ...more
Juan
Even if, like a few of my friends, you are a stone-cold atheist, you could still profit immensely from an attentive reading of the catechism. In many ways it's a history of Western philosophy from 325 AD to the Reformation, and you cannot claim to understand the history and development of Europe without at least a rudimentary grasp of the Catholic Church and its theology. Sure, it can be dry and exasperatingly circular, BUT this book is so well indexed and footnoted that you can lay it aside for ...more
TeacherMrLoria
You know, the religion where the founder said blessed be the humble while the current king lives in a palace and makes people kiss his finger when they meet him. Lies, lies, lies that were once upon a time shoved down my throat.

Religion is the drug of the people. Catholicism is Adderall. Buddhism is oxycodone. Any religion is a fable, some a bit fancier than others (you probably stopped believing in the tooth fairy before you gave up on Santa Claus, right?) Either way, they are all lies. Libera
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Zelie
This book is NOT Catholic. It is totally evil; for it purports to be authoritative and definitive about the doctrines of the Catholic Church when the truth is just the opposite. It doesn't deserve even 1 star but there was no lower rating I could give. It is filled with heresy and apostasy which is no surprise because John Paul 2 was not a true pope but a manifest heretic and an apostate antipope. There have been over 40 antipopes in Church history. John 23, Paul 6, John Paul 1, John Paul 2, Ben ...more
heardtheowl
Great information book for research that explains all the doctrines and canon laws. I've renewed it three times already at my library (even though it is available in its entirety at the Vatican's website). It lead me to a lot of additional documents written by philosophers and Doctors of the Church.
Manuel Alejandro
Si desea formarse en la fe o quiere conocer las supersticiones de la Iglesia Católica, este es el libro indicado. Trabaja todo, desde la explicación ultra detallada del credo hasta el estudio minucioso de los mandamientos. Por cada tema tiene un resumen, lo cual es muy importante para tener a mano. Lamentablemente, al igual que otras religiones o iglesias, el texto falla en evidenciar todas sus doctrinas: solamente se valida en la fe.

"No hay límites a la misericordia de Dios, pero quien se nieg
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William Martin


The teachings of the Catholic Church. This is one of those books, second only to Scripture, that is forever on one's " currently reading" shelf.

Rich, beautiful, and rewarding. The CCC is worth constant reference and reflection.
Aijo Francis
A very authentic important book for the reference and handbook for teachings and studies on Catholic faith.
Judie
Holy Mother Church laying it all out there for the flock- how great is that? No need to reinvent the wheel!
Tracy
Reading the Catechism for the Third time!! It's ALIVE I tell you!!! It's ALIVE!!! :) THANK YOU Jesus!!!
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