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United States Catholic Catechism for Adults

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  665 ratings  ·  38 reviews
The presence of the Catholic Church in the United States reaches back to the founding days of our country through the leadership of Archbishop John Carroll, the first Catholic bishop in the United States. His story like the stories at the start of each chapter in the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults give us a glimpse into the lives of Catholics who lived out the ...more
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Published July 31st 2006 by USCCB Publishing (first published 2006)
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Jul 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-my-shelves
I didn't know that the Catholic church agreed with me on so many issues until I read this book. There is still a list of things I disagree on, but the Church is more liberal and Bible-based than any other Christian denomination. I'm proud to be a Catholic after reading this book! ...more
Margo Brooks
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, religion
The United States Catholic Catechism for Adults proves that love and mercy were the foundation of Catholic faith long before Pope Francis. As a returning Catholic, I decided to read this book to learn about Catholicism and grow my faith. Frankly, I was afraid to read the Catechism of the Catholic Church itself because the numbered paragraphs were daunting. This catechism takes to heart Pope John Paul II's direction to promulgate local catechisms to help people understand how to apply Church teac ...more
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: study
Recommended by a Deacon when I complained that I had to read the Catechism with a dictionary standing by! I am a cradle Catholic, educated 7 years in a Catholic school and never knew my religion until I returned after a 50 year absence. What a blessing to find God waited for me to get a clue....
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This year I'm an RCIA catechist for the first time, so I picked up this catechism for American adults to get ideas on teaching those coming into the church. It's a nice, easy read considering the often weighty topics it discusses, and it gives clear, easy-to-understand explanations of Catholic teachings interspersed with prayers, reflections, and profiles of saints and blesseds, mostly from North America. The audio version includes nice background music for the prayers, reflections, and profiles ...more
I am currently going through RCIA and couldn't help but jump around to get various questions answered. I must say that despite going to mass with my Dad as a child, I still had a lot of misconceptions about the church. I was also raised and baptized in a Baptist church. Neither church demonized the other so I never had conflict of beliefs, but understanding the traditions and stances was a different story. This book allowed for me to get a solid understanding of church doctrine and the reasoning ...more
Dec 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
We use this book in our Parish for RCIA class. It is a very approachable way to walk through the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Previously we used "This Is Our Faith", which I also recommend, but that book is somewhat more technical and heady than this volume. This book works for those with no exposure to the Faith all the way to the most seasoned Parishoner. ...more
Karen Hesson
Mar 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Each chapter is introduced from the viewpoint of a well known catholic. These intros are the best parts of the book. I gave the book three stars due to the many editing errors. Incomplete sentences, misguided syntax, and placing words into quotes are some of the quirks. Once I figured out this ongoing problem, I was better able to use this bopk.
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting, but of course I have conflicting views with several aspects of the church. This was required reading for RCIA. The material was explained clearly and was easy to understand.
Joseph McGarry
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: inspirational
Good book to read. Good summary of the Catechism. It is the official US Catholic Bishops summary, so this is their official position. I would recommend it for anyone looking to understand the Catholic faith more. I would also get a copy of the Catechism as well.
Sep 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
I thought it was well structured and a fairly easy read. A good introduction.

I do opt for the full Catechism (green book); it is a more definitive text.
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
"No one can live without the hope that life has ultimate and lasting meaning beyond the concerns and struggles, the joys and satisfactions of each day." ...more
James Laginess
Mar 02, 2014 rated it liked it
I began reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church Four years ago and today on October 27th, 2014 I'm officially done..... I can honestly say without hesitation; this book isn't for everyone. ...more
Paul Lee
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great information for converting people as well as young and old Catholics. So much good information. Explanations, definitions and common prayers are included in here as well
John Prejean
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must have for every Catholic or those looking to become Catholic.
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, christianity
This Catechism was very contradictory at parts and seemed like it had different bishops tasked at writing different chapters of the book. Some were reasonably written, others came straight from your social justice 101 textbook. Similarly, in some chapters such as the one on “thou shalt not kill”, one sentence would logically make sense and the next sentence would not coincide with the first. Just war is permissible but what qualifies as just war depends on the country waging it. Lots of critical ...more
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had to read the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults for a course that I took. I expected it to be very dry and boring. I admit that it was well-written and simple to understand. The book is divided into thirty-six chapters and deals with the Catholic creed, the sacraments, Christian morality, and prayer. My favorite aspect of this volume is how each chapter is introduced with a relevant saint or holy person of the Catholic faith. Each chapter ended with discussion questions, a meditati ...more
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Perspective up front: I just withdrew from my RCIA class.

The U.S. Catechism is a decent manual for learning about the basics of the Catholic Church, so long as the basics are all you want. Each chapter starts with a story of a saint, which they sometimes need to stretch to make relevant to the subsequent chapter. The prose is clear and unambiguous.

I'm giving it 4 stars, because it does its job, but in a classroom-textbook kind of way. It will leave those of us hungry for a deeper understanding o
Vance J.
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was our assigned text for a course for Catholic school teachers that I took through Notre Dame University. I recommend this highly, especially for other “cradle Catholics” who may think they know the doctrine of the faith, but I am betting that much will be learned / relearned through a close reading.
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing, informative, and easy read. I read this as an optional supplement to RCIA and found it very helpful. I would recommend it to anyone considering joining the church or anyone interested in learning more.
Nina Mcdaniel
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
A more narrative form of the universal catechism, devotion and discussion elements included.
Katarzyna Balutowski
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very good intro to Catholic teaching. Slightly dated in the references to events but still good. A worthy read for all interested in Catholic teaching.
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this as part of a Notre Dane theology class. Very enlightening and help you gain a better understanding of the Catholic Faith
Jul 22, 2020 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in learning about the Catholic faith
Recommended to Richard by: A gift to everyone in RCIA
Is the go to book for teaching the Catholic faith.
Gerald Savelson
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Derek Emerson
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a long-time Catholic, I was not sure how I would like this, but it was very readable and informative. An excellent book to read.
Luke Langley
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This Catechism was written in response to the Universal Catechism published by the Vatican which encouraged local Catechisms to be written to elaborate on local needs and local Catholic Cultures. Throughout the Catechism are biographies or holy men and women, some saints and many of them Americans. There are also addressed issues important to American history and politics, such as slavery, abortion, and same sex marriage. These served to connect me not only with my identity as a Catholic, but as ...more
Nov 24, 2009 rated it did not like it
Finished chapter 4 - all highlighted and outlined. Can't really say it's a riveting read. :)
What's to like? It was just to do. Got me an advanced religious ed. certification renewal that I didn't really need for another 4 years.
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
It is a good review of the Catechism for the uninitiated. It is fairly conservative, though, and lacks some of the shades of grey in the actual, full Catechism. Not surprisingly, the authors consider the Roman Catholic church (and those whom they have admitted to communion) as "the Church." ...more
Jan 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this look at the faith, organized and explained.
Jun 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Not something you sit down and read cover to cover; but a chapter a night is good.
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The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is the episcopal conference of the Catholic Church in the United States. Founded in 1966 as the joint National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB) and United States Catholic Conference (USCC), it is composed of all active and retired members of the Catholic hierarchy (i.e., diocesan, coadjutor, and auxiliary bishops and the ordinary of the ...more

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