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Book Title: Catechism of the Catholic Church/English|
The author of the book: John Paul II
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Edition: Liguori Pubns
Date of issue: July 27th 1994
ISBN 13: 9780892435661
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This will be my third full time to read the Catechism all the way through, though I have read many parts of it piecemeal. The first time I did it on my own with a video series. The second time reading aloud with my husband and now I'm getting an email every day. Just like with the Bible, I am happy when I do read it, though it isn't the first book I would naturally reach for. I wish I could say it was. I am envious of those saints who never wanted to read anything but Holy Scripture, but that isn't me. :( I'm still praying for that grace...
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 though it would be much too difficult for the average Catholic (such as myself) to understand, failing to appreciate as most people do that the average Catholic is precisely who the book is written for and to. It's easy to use, well-organized, fully-indexed, cross-referenced throughout, and footnoted with thousands upon thousands of quotes, especially from Holy Scripture, but also the early Church Fathers and saints.
If you don’t have a copy, it’s available on-line here and here. The advantage of the on-line versions are the almost infinite number of links! Catholic geek heaven.
I marked this as ‘read’ but I wish GR had a category for constantly-reading.
EVERYTHING you always wanted to know about the Catholic Church but never bothered to ask.
December 12, 2013, Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe: FINISHED IT! And much sooner than I expected to. My review is going to take a little while however as I want to go back over my highlights and margin notes before writing anything. So glad I read it!
Thanks Nicola for the quotes! I have highlighted so many good ones in my own copy. Need to go back when I finish and enter (at least some of them!)
Nov 23, 2013 Update: Just starting into 3rd Pillar, 'Life in Christ'- Christian Morality, and discovering it to be even better than first two pillars, so it keeps getting better ... and I already know the 4th part (Prayer) is my favorite.
Oct 26, 2013 Update: Have finished the first 5 Parts in "The Pilgrimage of Faith" study and they are excellent, but the Catechism itself is the real treasure. Didn't realize how much was here nor how much I was missing out on by not reading before now.
I can still remember the day I was walking in the mall and saw this featured in a Waldenbook display. Why was I so surprised to see a 'catechism' in among the bestsellers? Little did I know then the long arduous process this book had to undergo to make its way to that bookstore. My other thought was, "Vatican II ended in 1965. This is the 1990's. Why has it taken almost thirty years to publish a new catechism?" Why indeed?!
I have always wanted to do a cover-to-cover read, instead of a 'dip my toe into the water' here or there. Now I have this study guide called: Catechism: A Pilgrimage of Faith which I'm going to use as a study guide while I read.
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Read information about the authorSaint Pope John Paul II (Latin: Ioannes Paulus II), born Karol Józef Wojtyła was elected Pope at the Conclave of 16 October 1978, and he took the name of John Paul II. On 22 October, the Lord's Day, he solemnly inaugurated his Petrine ministry as the 263rd successor to the Apostle. His pontificate, one of the longest in the history of the Church, lasted nearly 27 years.
Driven by his pastoral solicitude for all Churches and by a sense of openness and charity to the entire human race, John Paul II exercised the Petrine ministry with a tireless missionary spirit, dedicating it all his energy. He made 104 pastoral visits outside Italy and 146 within Italy. As bishop of Rome he visited 317 of the city's 333 parishes.
He had more meetings than any of his predecessors with the People of God and the leaders of Nations. More than 17,600,000 pilgrims participated in the General Audiences held on Wednesdays (more than 1160), not counting other special audiences and religious ceremonies [more than 8 million pilgrims during the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000 alone], and the millions of faithful he met during pastoral visits in Italy and throughout the world. We must also remember the numerous government personalities he encountered during 38 official visits, 738 audiences and meetings held with Heads of State, and 246 audiences and meetings with Prime Ministers.
His love for young people brought him to establish the World Youth Days. The 19 WYDs celebrated during his pontificate brought together millions of young people from all over the world. At the same time his care for the family was expressed in the World Meetings of Families, which he initiated in 1994. John Paul II successfully encouraged dialogue with the Jews and with the representatives of other religions, whom he several times invited to prayer meetings for peace, especially in Assisi.
Under his guidance the Church prepared herself for the third millennium and celebrated the Great Jubilee of the year 2000 in accordance with the instructions given in the Apostolic Letter Tertio Millennio adveniente. The Church then faced the new epoch, receiving his instructions in the Apostolic Letter Novo Millennio ineunte, in which he indicated to the faithful their future path.
With the Year of the Redemption, the Marian Year and the Year of the Eucharist, he promoted the spiritual renewal of the Church. He gave an extraordinary impetus to Canonizations and Beatifications, focusing on countless examples of holiness as an incentive for the people of our time. He celebrated 147 beatification ceremonies during which he proclaimed 1,338 Blesseds; and 51 canonizations for a total of 482 saints. He made Thérèse of the Child Jesus a Doctor of the Church.
He considerably expanded the College of Cardinals, creating 231 Cardinals (plus one in pectore) in 9 consistories. He also called six full meetings of the College of Cardinals. His most important Documents include 14 Encyclicals, 15 Apostolic Exhortations, 11 Apostolic Constitutions, 45 Apostolic Letters. He promulgated the Catechism of the Catholic Church in the light of Tradition as authoritatively interpreted by the Second Vatican Council. He also reformed the Eastern and Western Codes of Canon Law, created new Institutions and reorganized the Roman Curia.
In the light of Christ risen from the dead, on 2 April 2005 at 9.37 p.m., while Saturday was drawing to a close and the Lord's Day was already beginning, the Octave of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday, the Church's beloved Pastor, John Paul II, departed this world for the Father. On April 1, 2011, he was raised to the glory of the altars and on April 27, 2014 canonized.
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