Catechism of the Council of Trent
The catechism compiled by a saint and approved by St. Pius V, and now it's available in a reader-friendly edition.
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For more than four centuries it was known simply as "The Roman Catechism"--the source, guide and standard for all other catechisms. Commissioned by the Council of Trent, written under the supervision of St. Charles Borromeo, and promulgated by St. Pius V in 1566, it was--and remains--the most comprehensive and authoritative statement of Catholic doctrine ever published.
Originally intended for parish priests for use in instructing the faithful, today it is a Godsend to priests and laymen--offering precise, simply worded answers to questions about the Faith in a style different from more recent catechisms. This 1923 translation by Dominicans John A. McHugh and Charles J Callan is unsurpassed for accuracy and readability, and features many useful extras.
All the doctrines of the Faith are expounded under four heads:
The Apostles Creed
The Ten Commandments
The Lord's Prayer
"The part on the Creed," the translators explain, "contains all that is to be held according to the Christian faith.... The part devoted to the Seven Sacraments teaches us what are the signs, and, as it were, the instruments of grace. In the part on the Decalogue is described whatever has reference to the law .... Finally, the Lord's Prayer contains whatever can be the object of the Christian's desires, or hopes, or prayers."
Why does this catechism still tower above others? Fathers McHugh and Callan supply the answer: "The Roman Catechism is unlike any other summary of Christian doctrine, not only because it is intended for the use of priests in their preaching, but also because it enjoys a unique authority among manuals. ... In addition to Popes, and Councils, many Cardinals, Bishops and other ecclesiastics, distinguished for their learning, vied with one another in eulogizing the Catechism of Trent. Among other things, they have said that not since the days of the Apostles has there been produced in a single volume so complete and practical a summary of Christian doctrine as this Catechism, and that, after the Sacred Scriptures, there is no work that can be read with greater safety or profit.... to the educated layman, whether Catholic or non-Catholic, who desires to study an authoritative statement of Catholic doctrine, no better book could be recommended than this official manual; for in its pages will be found the whole substance of Catholic doctrine and practice, arranged in order, expounded with perspicuity, and sustained by argument at once convincing and persuasive.... "The Roman Catechism is, therefore, a handbook of moral theology, a confessor's guide, a book of exposition for the preacher, and a choice directory of the spiritual life for pastor and flock alike."
A fraction of the topics covered, in 658 large pages:
Necessity of Faith * Unity of Faith * The Creed * Unity of Nature in God * The Trinity * Creation of Angels * Formation of the Universe * Creation of Man * Original Sin * Jesus Christ * Duties Owed to Christ * The Holy Ghost * The Blessed Virgin Mary * The Immaculate Conception * The Incarnation * The Nativity * Christ Compared to Adam * Mary Compared to Eve * Humility and Poverty of Christ * Elevation and Dignity of Man * The Passion and Death of Our Lord * Christ's Burial * Why Christ Suffered * Fruits of Christ's Passion * Christ's Descent into Hell * Christ's Liberation of the Just * The Resurrection * Necessity, Ends and Advantages of the Resurrection * Christ's Ascension into Heaven: Reasons, Results and Spiritual Benefits * The Two Judgments: Particular and General * Signs of the General Judgment * The Sentence of the Just * The Sentence of the Wicked * Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost * Grace and Its Effects * The Church: Nature, Structure and Membership * The Church Militant * The Church Triumphant * Four Marks of the Church * Communion of Saints * Forgiveness of Sins * Resurrection of the Body * Qualities of a Glorified Body * Eternal Life * The Beatific Vision * The Sacraments * Definition of a Sacrament * Proof of Sacraments from Scripture and Reason * What Sacraments Signify * Why the Sacraments were Instituted * Parts of the Sacraments * Unworthiness of Ministers and Sacramental Validity * Effects of the Sacraments * Baptism: Matter, Form and Effects * Ministers of Baptism * Infant Baptism * Six Effects of Baptism * Confirmation: Matter, Form and Effects * Chrism * Sponsors * The Holy Eucharist: Matter, Form and Effects * What the Eucharist Signifies * The Real Presence * Transubstantiation * Communion * Eucharist as Sacrifice * Distinction of Sacrament and Sacrifice * Mass as True Sacrifice * Rites and Ceremonies of the Mass * Sacrament of Penance: Matter, Form and Effects * Virtue of Penance * Fruits of Penance * Three Parts of Penance: Contrition, Confession, Satisfaction * Absolution * Qualities of True Contrition * Qualities of a Good Confession * Elements and Conditions of Satisfaction * Seal of Confession * Guidelines for Confessors * Duties of Confessors * Sin of Human Respect * Extreme Unction: Matter, Form and Effects * Administration of Extreme Unction * Dispositions for Reception of Extreme Unction * Holy Orders * Requirements in Candidates for Holy Orders * Twofold Power Conferred by Holy Orders * Number of Orders * Tonsure * Minor Orders * Major Orders * Priesthood * Degrees of Priesthood * Qualifications for Priesthood * Marriage: Nature and Meaning * The Kind of Consent Required in Matrimony * Indissolubility of Marriage * Marriage as Sacrament * Three Blessings of Marriage * Duties of Married People * Law of Church on Marriage * Impediments to Marriage * What the Commandments Forbid * What the Commandments Command * Idolatry * Lawfulness of Veneration and Invocation of Angels and Saints * Lawfulness of Images of Divine Persons * Usefulness of Sacred Images * Blasphemy * Oaths, Lawful and Unlawful * Irreverent Speech * Nelgect of Prayer * The Sabbath: Works Forbidden, Permitted and Commanded or Recommended * Manner of Honoring Parents * Honor Due to Superiors and Rulers * Duties of Parents to Children * Three Things to Be Avoided by Parents * Commandment Against Killing * Lawfulness of Killing Animals * Execution of Criminals * Killing in a Just War * Suicide * Sinful Anger * Love of Neighbor * Forgiveness of Injuries * Disadvantages of Revenge * Remedies Against Hatred * Adultery * Fornication * Impurity * Means of Practicing Purity * Dangers of Idleness * Temperance * Custody of the Eyes * Immodesty * Mortification * Chief Kinds of Stealing * Restitution * Almsgiving * Excuses for Stealing Refuted * Lying * False Testimony * Detraction * Flattery * Hypocrisy * Truthfulness * Excuses for Lying Refuted * Covetousness * Concupiscence: Two Kinds * Detachment from Riches * Necessity of Prayer * Fruits of Prayer * Parts of Prayer * What We Should Pray For * Whom We Should Pray For * To Whom We Should Pray * Preparation for Prayer * How to Pray Well
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“Another kind of lawful slaying belongs to the civil authorities, to whom is entrusted power of life and death, by the legal and judicious exercise of which they punish the guilty and protect the innocent. The just use of this power, far from involving the crime of murder, is an act of paramount obedience to this Commandment which prohibits murder. The end of the Commandment is the preservation and security of human life. Now the punishments inflicted by the civil authority, which is the legitimate avenger of crime, naturally tend to this end, since they give security to life by repressing outrage and violence. Hence these words of David: In the morning I put to death all the wicked of the land, that I might cut off all the workers of iniquity from the city of the Lord.” -- CATECHISM OF TRENT
"A precious summary of all theology, both dogmatic and moral. He who understands it well will always have at his service those aids by which a priest is enable to preach with fruit, to acquit himself worthily of the important ministry of the confessional and of the direction of souls, and will be in a position to refute the objections of unbelievers." -- POPE LEO XIII
"The Catechism of the Council of Trent was drawn up for the express purpose of providing preachers with subjects for their sermons;... I rarely preach a sermon but I go to this beautiful and complete Catechism to get both my matter and my doctrine." -- CARDINAL JOHN HENRY NEWMAN
PRIESTS: Complete "Sermon Program" for Sundays and Feasts linking doctrinal material in the Catechism to Epistles and Gospels
APPENDIXES: Complete texts of definitions and dogmatic statements since Trent
Subheadings for ease of reading, quick reference
Useful citations to passages in St. Thomas Aquinas and others
Translator's introduction gives vital historical background
Extremely detailed Table of Contents * Subject Index
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Even before Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II helped finish off the Soviet Communist regime, one man took them on alone, with a series of novels the Soviets refused to allow in print. Faced with the choice of killing Solzhenitsyn or kicking him out of the USSR, they exiled him. They flinched. It was the beginning of the end for the Soviets.
Spiritual Despondency and Temptation by Rev PJ Michel, S.J.
Nearly everybody's unspoken spiritual problem
Spiritual Problems, Code: 192921892,
The Spirit of the Liturgy, Code: 0898707846,
Springtime of Evangelization Preface by Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I. Foreword by Richard John Neuhaus Edited and Introduced by Rev. Thomas D. Williams, L.C.
"John Paul II has an extraordinary grasp of the modern -- and espcially the modern ´American' -- spiritual terrain." Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M., Cap., Archbishop of Denver
St. Peter and the First Years of Christianity by Abbe Constant Fouard $27.95 The early Church: we know more than most people think And one reason is we had scholars who could write as compellingly as Constant Fouard
St Peter's Basilica CD Rom, Code: STPB,
St John and the Apocalypse, Code: 1929291795,
State of Emergency, Code: 0312360037,
Story of Therese Neumann by Albert Paul Shimberg
Why was Hitler consumed with hatred for this German Catholic stigmatist?
Sunday Epistles and Gospels by Msgr. Patrick Boylan
Now in one beautiful volume! Msgr. Boylan's acclaimed twin commentaries on Scripture readings Inspiration for priests and ordinary Mass-goers
The Supremacists, Code: 1890626554,
Superstition by Herbert Thurston, S.J.
A lot of people are superstitious (Even some Catholics)
Surprising Mystics by Herbert Thurston P
Spiritual Conferences by Father Frederick Faber
Swift Victory by Walter Farrell, O.P., and Dominic Hughes, O.P.
Do you pray to the Holy Spirit?
The Sword of the Prophet, Code: 1928653111, Price:
The Catholic Bible in Pictures
The Gospel Priesthood by Dom Hubert Van Zeller
Requirements for being a holy and effective priest
The History of Israel by Giuseppe Ricciotti
By far the most readable history of the Old Testament ever written Abbott Giuseppe Ricciotti renders it comprehensible
The New Jerusalem by G K Chesterton
Here's how leading Catholics once could talk about the Middle East
The New Psychologies by Rudolph Allers
Freud's dogma of psychology-without-a-soul Dr. Rudolph Allers demolished it in his "brilliant pages on the new psychologies and the old faith" (Commonweal, 1933). But he also taught Catholics how to use the valuable points of modern psychology in a Christian way
The Theology of Religious Vocation by Fr. Edward Farrell, OP
IS SOMEONE YOU CARE ABOUT CONSIDERING A RELIGIOUS VOCATION? Here's the still-unsurpassed guide to discernmentgrounded in the theology of Aquinas
Tempered Optimism and the Grace of Confession -by Alfred Wilson, C.P.
The Training of the Will by Johann Lindworsky, S.J.
Just how weak is your will-power? There are ways to find out, and Catholic methods to strengthen it
The Twelve Fruits by C J Woollen
12 most powerful tools God offers us to change our half-hearted lives
Thomas Aquinas: Selected Writings, Code: 1929291035,
Treasury Of Prayer edited by Father Lawrence Lovasik
A vast repository of forgotten Catholic prayers, devotions & meditations
The True Meaning of Christmas
Understanding Children and Preparing Them for Life
Triumph by H. W. Crocker, III
Vexilla Regis by Msgr. Robert Hugh Benson
Devotions and intercessions for all affected by war Msgr. Robert Hugh Benson's last book
The Virtue of War, Code: 1928653170,
Virtue and Vice by C.S. Lewis
What God Has Joined Together by Robert Vasoli
The other scandal in the Church
What Every Bride and Groom Should Know -by Rev. Harold A. Buetow
What to Say to the Penitent by Fr. Charles Hugo Doyle
What is Secular Humanism by James Hitchcock
Why do the Clintons think the way they do?
What's Wrong With Freud by Rudolph Allers
Society's Sex Obsession: Freud didn't discover it. He practically caused it.
Where the Right Went Wrong, Code: 0312341156,
Why I Became a Priest, Code: 1929291396,
Why Jews Became Catholics, Code: 1929291728,
Wife, Mother and Mystic, Code: 0912141000,
Women Priests & Other Fantasies by Vincent P. Miceli, S.J.
The Fearless Jesuit Fr. Vincent Miceli's best essays
Women Who Make the World Worse
World's Great Catholic Literature by George N. Schuster, editor
In the desert of modern culture, a Catholic oasis Catholics: how many of your classics do you know? Now, one big volume introduces you to them all
Wrath of God by Livio Fanzaga
What should Catholics believe about the end of the world? Now, the answers -- in a major new book saluted by the Vatican's newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano
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New DVD on Canonization of Padre Pio
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