Katechismus der Katholischen Kirche

by Katholische Kirche

Paperback, 1993



Call number

BU 4200 K19(1993)





Over 3 million copies sold! Essential reading for Catholics of all walks of life. Here it is - the first new Catechism of the Catholic Church in more than 400 years, a complete summary of what Catholics around the world commonly believe.  The Catechism draws on the Bible, the Mass, the Sacraments, Church tradition and teaching, and the lives of saints. It comes with a complete index, footnotes and cross-references for a fuller understanding of every subject. The word catechism means "instruction" - this book will serve as the standard for all future catechisms. Using the tradition of explaining what the Church believes (the Creed), what she celebrates (the Sacraments), what she lives (the Commandments), and what she prays (the Lord's Prayer), the Catechism of the Catholic Church offers challenges for believers and answers for all those interested in learning about the mystery of the Catholic faith. The Catechism of the Catholic Church is a positive, coherent and contemporary map for our spiritual journey toward transformation.… (more)

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LibraryThing member timspalding
I don't think I'm allowed to rate this one!
LibraryThing member jpsnow
This weighty tome merits the time required for anyone who wants to understand Catholocism. I believe it would be fair to call it the official "layman's guidebook." A lot of new ideas were presented to me. It succeeded in conveying the principal tenets of the Catholic Church and at least touched on
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every major issue or question I have had. Two concepts that were completely new to me and considered with high regard: first, a firm declaration that talents were not distributed uniformly and that this profers interdependence among us; second, that the meaning of "blessed are the poor in spirit" actually encourages us all to become poor in our mentality (not to consider our possessions as our strength).
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LibraryThing member Harrod
Very helpful
LibraryThing member hermit
If you want to understand Post-Vatican II Catholocism, than this is the book for you. Written by the Vatican and translated by the Vatican as the official, most complete answer to "What are Catholics to believe?" Please note that there has already been an updated and revised edition released.
LibraryThing member MandyBaby
Always a good reference
LibraryThing member SoonerCatholic
A must have for every Catholic household and scholar of religion.
LibraryThing member Muslihoon
A small book loaded with information. This book summarizes all of essential Catholic doctrine and practice into one volume that is easy to read and understand. It also includes elements from the Eastern Rite, so this is truly the catechism of the Catholic Church. Very well-done.
LibraryThing member johnredmond
A tremendous resource. The closing section on prayer moves this book into the spiritual reading category as well.
LibraryThing member tole_lege
Unfortunately used as a source for "what Catholics believe" the CCC was never meant to be such - the introduction makes it clear that bishops were to develop local catechisms. Few did, and this has become the handy reference book. As such, it's useful - but the lack of local catechisms is annoying.
LibraryThing member szarka
A great guide to what your Roman Catholic friends profess, even if that's quite another thing than what they might actually believe.
LibraryThing member GrinningDwarf
Rating this one was kinda tough...I strongly disagree with areas of the theology, but if one wants to understand Catholocism, then we need to understand Catholic doctrine, and this is a great resource for that! I went with five stars for it's usefullness.
LibraryThing member Kisners42
Pretty thorough summary systematically covering the majority of Roman Catholic beliefs and teachings. My only gripe with it is that the language can be a bit academic at times, still I wouldn't say it's inaccessible to the average reader though.

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LibraryThing member maryh10000
If you want to know actual Catholic dogma, in a relatively easy to read form, this is the authoratative book in English.
LibraryThing member rlittlejn
Incredible source of spiritual guidance and the gathered wisdom of the Roman church.
LibraryThing member kencf0618
I. F. Stone found it useful to delve into source materials, primary texts and propaganda, and so should we. Very emic!
LibraryThing member CatholicGal
This book is awesome for anyone who wants to find out what the Catholic Church teaches. It is an authorative book of the teachings of our church. Also, at the bottom of each page it has relevent scripture, church fathers quotes for further reading. If you will only read one Catholic book besides
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the bible this is the most recommended one.
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LibraryThing member jkovacs
Regarding local catechisms, there actually are some. The Byzantine Bishops in the United States issued their own local catechism and the U.S. Bishops have issued one.
LibraryThing member ianclary
Hardly pocket sized!
LibraryThing member tony_sturges
The full, complete exposition of Catholic doctrine, this second edition of the international bestseller has been significantly expanded, enhancing both its content and usability. Revised in accordance with the official Latin text promulgated by Pope John Paul II in 1997, the second edition now
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includes more than a hundred additional pages, offering such new features as a glossary of terms, an index of citations from sources and in-brief texts on core teachings. The essential elements of faith are presented in the most understandable manner, enabling everyone to read and know what the Church professes, celebrates, lives, and prays in her daily life. The first new compendium in more than 400 years, the second edition of the Catechism stands, in the words of Pope John Paul II, as "a sure norm for teaching the faith" and an "authentic reference text." Q: How does the second edition of the Catechism of the Catholic Church differ from the first edition? A: The second edition differs in two ways. First, the second edition reflects the changes that were made in the final Latin text in 1997. Second, the second edition includes a new index. The glossary was also added in the American version of the second edition of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
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LibraryThing member jeterat
Seems silly to rate a book covering the teachings of the Catholic faith, so I won't. The binding was excellent, although the font was a bit small on my hardcover edition, which comes from it being "pocket sized" (an optimistic selling point). It is very dense and took me more than a year to truly
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finish, but will take years to understand.
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LibraryThing member allenkeith
It's impossible to overstate the value of the Catholic Catechism of the Catholic Church. The reason for this is that it provides insight into a human community yielded to God, founded by Jesus Christ over 2,000 years ago, the existence of which will never end. It's a comprehensive document of the
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faith and doctrines of the Church. Whether one is religious or otherwise, this great repository of the Church gives concrete information about who God is, his nature and his desire for all humanity. It abounds with wisdom, history, philosophy, doctrine, moral guidance, and 2000 years of Christian thinking and understanding as it has evolved over the centuries. It provides explicit references throughout its 756 pages. It holds to the reality that truth is indeed absolute. It cannot be fully consummated even in a lifetime. This is because each paragraph is like a keyhole-view into an ever broadening array of information on the temporal and the eternal truths. It brings a vision of hope in the discovery of the width, length, depth and height of God's passionate love for all of humanity.
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LibraryThing member Karlstar
The constant references are a bit distracting, but I am appreciating this very thorough explanation of the faith.


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