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Overview Incorporating the changes in the revised Code of Canon Law, this pocket edition of an important religious reference presents over 2,000 clear and concise definitions of the Catholic Church's teachings on faith, worship, morals, theology, history, and spirituality.
"Pocket Catholic Dictionary" is a comprehensive, one-volume reference work containing definitions and explanations of the key terms of Catholicism. Father Hardon has carefully selected some 2,000 entries from his original master tome of over 5,000 terms that comprise "Modern Catholic Dictionary." Furthermore, this pocket edition reflects changes in the newly revised Code of Canon Law. Here are clear and concise definitions in the areas of faith, worship, morals, history, theology, spirituality. The only such dictionary compiled since Vatican Council II, and incorporating post-conciliar terms and expressions, it is alphabetically arranged with appropriate cross-references. The Appendix features the Credo of the People of God, a complete listing of popes, and an updated ecclesiastical calendar of the Roman rite with saints for each day of the year. This handy primer is a worthy companion to the author's bestselling "Catholic Catechism," and one that belongs in every home library.
Citations And Professional Reviews Pocket Catholic Dictionary: Abridged Edition of Modern Catholic Dictionary by John Hardon has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1993 page 96
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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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An excellent reference Sep 19, 2005
This book is an excellent and valuable reference for the lay, catechist, seminarian, clergy or religious person who is interested in clarifying a point in Catholic knowledge.
The Fullness of Catholic Teaching May 21, 2003
As in his many other works, the late Father Hardon did not hesitate to present Catholic teaching in its entirety. The pressures of cultural correctness did not keep him from presenting the whole truth of Catholic teaching. Unlike other writers, he did not engage in artful ambiguity about some of the teachings of the Church.
In the Pocket Catholic Dictionary, he manages to provide insights in a small abridged dictionary that others can't or won't communicate in much larger works. One example from my own research will illustrate the value of Fr. Hardon's pocket dictionary as a jumping off point for further research.
In researching the canon law issue of whether contraceptive intercourse was sufficient to consummate a marriage, I found several specialized reference sources and commentaries full of ambiguity and even one that was ideologically slanted in its presentation. For Catholics, this particular issue of canon law is important because a marriage becomes indissoluble only after consummation. One of the few sources that addressed the issue forthrightly was Fr. Hardon's Pocket Dictionary and related works, while other lengthy reference works specializing in canon law were of no help. Without mincing words, Fr. Hardon states in his definition of "Consummated Marriage" that "contraceptive intercourse does not consummate Christian marriage."
Thus, on an issue of great importance to Catholics, this small pocket dictionary opened up an avenue for further research where larger and more specialized works failed to enlighten. I am sure there are other issues out there for which Fr. Hardon's Pocket Catholic Dictionary would turn out to be a good and reliable starting point.
Handy reference Aug 14, 2002
I've used this book so much, I've worn the covers off. It has more detailed information than one might expect from a pocket dictionary. I recommend this book to anyone, but especially to those who are just learning about Catholicism.
A Complete Catholic Resource Jan 18, 2000
This book is an incredible tool. As a Catholic, with thousands of questions, this book has thousands of answers! It is truly the best Catholic resource I have encountered!
Very handy reference Dec 10, 1999
Just one of the handiest references I've used. Packed with information on terms commonly used but often misused or misunderstood. Clears up alot of "Semantic" problems. This will help people of all faith understand the "Catholic" meaning of certain words that may mean something different to someone else. Very concise and comprehensive. Convenient size.