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Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC)was promulgated by John Paul II on October 11, 1992 - the thirtieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. This catechism, which is only the second catechism written by the Church, was born out of the documents of Vatican II and builds on the Church’s first catechism written after the Council of Trent in the sixteenth century.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church is divided into four sections.
These four pillars of the Catholic faith are:

•  The Profession of FaithThe Creed (What We Believe)

•  The Celebration of the Christian Mystery – Liturgy and Sacraments (How We Celebrate)

•  Life in Christ Christian Morality (How We Live)

•  Christian Prayer A Personal Relationship with God (How We Pray)

 

The goal of the Catechism is to guide, assist and enliven catechesis (teaching) which aims to put “people …in communion… with Jesus Christ” because “only he can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Holy Trinity” (CCC 426). At the center or “heart” of this catechesis of the truth and beauty of the Catholic faith is a Person – Jesus Christ – “who suffered and died for us and who now, after rising, is living with us forever” (ibid). Man was created by God and for God and, thus, every person’s heart was given an innate desire for truth and happiness that can only be satisfied by God Himself (CCC 27). Man is created to know, love and serve God, and to live in communion with Him in this world and throughout eternity (CCC 28, 31, 44, 45). Because God is Love, all the doctrine and teachings of the Church have the love of God and the love of neighbor as their final end – all the teachings of the Church are at the service of charity – the “love that never ends” (cf. Jn 13:1) seen in Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross for man’s salvation (CCC 25).


The Catechism of the Catholic Church
is more than an authentic reference tool, even though it does contain an index of topics, an index of citations (Scripture, Church documents, the wisdom of the saints) and a glossary. It is a “sure norm” for teaching and a treasury of the Christian faith which reveals the blending of sacred Scripture and sacred Tradition under the guidance and interpretation of the Magisterium. It is a living document because it teaches the faithful about God via both intellectual knowledge and experiential knowledge of Jesus Christ, the Eternal Word.


The Catechism of the Catholic Church Online:

•  The Vatican Website

•  USCCB Website

•  Christus Rex.org

•  Catholic Culture.org

•  Catholic Catechism.com (MP3 Audio)

About the Catechism:

 USCCB Website

 EWTN Website

Other Books about the Catechism:

  Listing of Books available from Catholic-Pages.com

  Listing of Books available from Ignatius Press

  The Compendium of the Catholic Church

  Companion to Catechism: A Compendium of Texts

The Love that Never Ends: A Key to the Catechism of the Catholic Church

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has written their own local catechism called the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults (USCCA). This catechism is based on the official 1992 Catechism of the Catholic Church, but is written to address the culture and the needs of the American Catholic community. It retains the structure of the four pillars of the faith, and each chapter begins with the story of a saint and contains points for meditation and questions for discussion.


  The United States Catholic Catechism for Adults