Item description for The Catholic Catechism: A Contemporary Catechism of the Teachings of the Catholic Church by John Hardon...
Overview By a noted Catholic scholar, this volume answers the need for an up-to-date and concise source book on the principle teachings of the Catholic Church.
"This volume is intended to meet a widely felt need for an up-to-date and concise source book on the principal teachings of the Catholic Church. Since the close of the Second Vatican Council, there has been such an accumulation of ecclesiastical constitutions and decrees and so many changes they introduced in Catholic practice that few people have been able to keep up with all that has happened... A parallel purpose of this volume is to offer those who use it a handy guidebook of the Catholic tradition, whether formally documented in ecclesiastical sources or implicitly accepted by the faithful under the aegis of the Church's hierarchial leaders. "The method followed in presenting the Church's doctrine is a combination of history and logic. Doctrines are placed into a historical framework by tracing their origins to the Old and New Testaments and placing their development within the context of persons, places, and times. The doctrine thus becomes more intelligible because it is viewed in the setting of its vital growth over the centuries. "The intended reading audience of this Catholic catechism are all those priests, religious and laity, and above all parents and teachers, who are looking for a concise statement of the faith they profess, the conduct they practice, and the worship they give to the Lord." --From "The Catholic Catechism" by John A. Hardon, S.J.
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More About John Hardon
JOHN A. HARDON, S.J., has been a member of the Society of Jesus for forty-nine years. Father Hardon holds a Master's Degree in Philosophy from Loyola University and a Doctorate in Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome. He has taught at the Jesuit School of Theology at Loyola University in Chicago and the Institute for Advanced Studies in Catholic Doctrine programs. A prolific writer, whose works have appeared in leading religious and educational periodicals as well as various collections, he has authored many books, including: The Catholic Catechism, Religions of the World, Protestant Churches of America, Christianity in the Twentieth Century, Theology of Prayer, and Spiritual Life in the Modern World. In addition, he is actively involved with a number of organizations, e.g., Institute on Religious Life, Apostolate for Family Consecration and The Catholic Home Study Institute. Presently, Father Hardon divides his time between New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., writing and teaching Theology.
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Excellent introduction to the Roman Catholic Church Jan 10, 2008
When I was looking at Catholicism in the early 1990s, this was the only book available to me on Catholic doctrine in my public library. I lived in a very small, mostly Mormon town.
This book was a huge influence on my life. I ended up becoming Catholic after my move to Salt Lake City. I have often referred back to this book. It is very clealy written and quite useful to the ordinary Catholic.
You won't find anything in here that is contrary to Catholic teaching. It is a faithful and sure exposition of the Catholic faith.
Excellent resource! Jan 2, 2008
Fr. Hardon's book is an excellent companion to the official Catechism of the Catholic Church. It is a wealth of information that goes deep into explaining how the Church developed the Catechism. The material follows the Catechism in order, so it is easy to find commentary. In addition, the index is very detailed, and also provides a quick resource for finding information. This book is a "must have" for anyone learning, teaching, or inquiring into the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Basic Catechism, lacking in content Sep 26, 2007
I liked this Catechism until I read the "Catechism of the Catholic Church". There's no comparison. This Catechism makes it difficult to find answers to particular questions, and is not as thorough in its discussions as the other. I don't have a working knowledge of basic theology and that is probably why I found this difficult to read.
A Clear Deep Examination of the faith May 12, 2005
A very informative, lengthy examination of what it means to be a Catholic. While it is true that the book is rather lengthy, it is also true that the book does not have to be read in one sitting. The writing is clear and the book is well-organized and researched. Pull open the book to an interesting looking section (after reading that first section) and you will find a deep well-thought out examination of that topic. If after reading that section you feel a need to take a break, well the book will be patiently waiting for your return. This is not supposed to be medicine, but a clear deep look into the Catholic faith.
Note 1: As might be seen by the "Search Inside" feature (if it is activated), this book is the narrative type of catechism, not the question and answer style catechism. Note 2: The product information mentions that this is an "up-to-date" book. While that could very well be true, there are Catholic Catechisms published closer to 2005 (as opposed to 1975). I have no reason to believe that the information has been superseded.
An Excellent Resource Sep 6, 2001
Father Hardon has blessed the Church with this excellent catechism. Father Hardon writing style is conversational, and he is very thorough in his treatment.
Father Hardon strikes on the major topics (i.e., commandments, sacraments), but refrains from an overabundance of detail. In his treatment of the various subjects, Father Hardon frequently cites scripture and the early church fathers. His treatment of the early fathers and the general councils, as they relate to certain topics, is astounding.
In comparison to the new catechism, Father Hardon's catechism is much easier to understand and read, but it lacks the detail of the new catechism. If those two qualities suit you, purchase this catechism before diving into the new catechism. Father Hardon's presentation of the Catholic faith is orthodox.
Any person who reads this catechism will come away with an informed appreciation of the Catholic faith. As compared to some catechisms, Father Hardon explains the faith by demonstrating why the Church professes what it does, not just what it professes. I'm sure that was Father Hardon's goal, and he achieved it marvelously.
A fine catechism written by a fine Catholic gentleman!