SUGGESTION: Historical Catholic catechism collection

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Feb 19 2020 3:53 PM

The primary historical catechisms of the Catholic church include (feel free to add to my list):

In Verbum

  • Roman Catechism aka Catechism of the Council of Trent
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • Basic Catechism (Hill)
  • Catholic Christianity: A Complete Catechism of Catholic Beliefs (Kreeft)
  • Youcat: Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • A Christological Catechism: New Testament Answers (Fitzmeyer)
  • The Catechetical Lectures of St. Cyril (stretching definition)
  • St. Augustine: The First Catechetical Instruction (stretching definition)

Not in Verbum - should be added

  • Catechism of Saint Pius X
  • Baltimore Catechism
  • Catechism of Christian Doctrine aka Penny Catechism
  • A New Catechism: Catholic Faith for Adults aka Dutch Catechism
  • United State Catholic Catechism for Adults
  • Catechism for Filipino Catholics
  • Christ - Our Pascha (Ukrainian)
  • The Catechetical Instructions of St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Ignorantia sacerdotum aka Lay-Folk's Catechism
  • Ukrainian Catholic Catechism Our Faith by Casimir Kucharek
  • Light for Life Series (The Mystery Believed, The Mystery Celebrated, The Mystery Lived)
  • Captivated by Your Teachings (Maronite)

Catechisms are important to see how the teaching have been presented in different rites, across time, and across culture. It is an area in which Verbum is comparatively weak.

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David Wanat | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Feb 19 2020 8:20 PM

I’d like that

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SineNomine | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Feb 20 2020 3:26 PM

More catechisms, especially ones still used by catechists in primary/secondary roles would be wonderful.  The Eastern catechisms would be particularly appropriate for the Eastern Rite base packages in Verbum 9.

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Gregory Lynne | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Feb 20 2020 9:20 PM

For the mature adult believer, Scheeben's Dogmatik (translated) is invaluable/(incomparable to more modern iterations), as Cardinal Manning describes it.

"Revelation, then, contemplated and transmitted in exactness and method, may be called a science and the queen of sciences, the chief of the hierarchy of truth; and it enters and takes the first place in the intellectual system and tradition of the world. It possesses all the qualities and conditions of science so far as its subject-matter admits; namely, certainty as against doubt, definiteness as against vagueness, harmony as against discordance, unity as against incoherence, progress as against dissolution and stagnation."

+ Cardinal Manning, 1898, in the Preface of: Scheeben, Matthias Joseph. A MANUAL OF CATHOLIC THEOLOGY: Based on Dogmatik (Complete in Two Volumes) . Lex De Leon Publishing. Kindle Edition.

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SineNomine | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 21 2020 12:05 PM

Gregory Lynne:
Scheeben, Matthias Joseph. A MANUAL OF CATHOLIC THEOLOGY

You're in luck.

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Donald Antenen (Faithlife) | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Apr 21 2020 3:48 PM

Emmaus Road is publishing the full text of Scheeben's 'Handbook of Catholic Dogmatics' (see: https://stpaulcenter.com/product/handbook-of-catholic-dogmatics-5-1/). Would this still be of interest even with the two-volume adaptation?

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Apr 21 2020 4:32 PM

I would think so.

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