In reading the “Catechism of the Catholic Church”
we can perceive the wonderful unity of the mystery of God…
— Pope John Paul II
When we talk about “the catechism” today we are most likely referring to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, promulgated by Saint Pope John Paul II in 1992 to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.
A thorough summary of what Catholics throughout the world believe in common, the Catechism (the word means “instruction”) draws on the Bible, the Mass, the Sacraments, Church tradition and teaching and the lives of saints. The Catechism of the Catholic Church is, as Saint Pope John Paul II called it, “a special gift.”
Where to find a copy?
- html format on the Vatican’s website
- epub format over at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website
- hard copy version can be purchased from –> Pleroma Christian Supplies
For some more background on the Catechism, there is a great article on uscatholic.org that gives a brief history and mentions some of the previous versions, such as the Baltimore Catechism which was written in a Q&A form and used heavily in Catholic schools in the 1880s-1960s.