Boston: St. Paul Editions, 1985. Octavo (8 3/8 inches tall), original blue paper boards, original dust jacket. Fine. Item #615
Fine copy of this definitive translation of the Roman Catechism, revised and thoroughly updated to reflect the constitutions and declarations of the Second Vatican Council. A Catechism was first mandated by the Council of Trent (1545-1548) during the Catholic Reformation and compiled by a commission headed by Charles Borromeo. This edition was the second volume in the series, "Resources for Catechetical Teachers," (edited by Msgr. Eugene Kevane) and consists of four sections: Part One: The Catholic Faith Professed by the Apostles' Creed, Part Two: The Sacraments, Part Three: The Commandments, Part Four: On Prayer and Our Father. With a lengthy and valuable Introduction by Kevane (dated "November 1, 1984/Feast of All Saints") warning of a "crisis in catechetics" and declaring that "the need for it has never been greater than in these present times since Vatican II, when both homiletics and catechetics have been in considerable disarray." The text is preceded by a brief Presentation by Silvio Cardinal Oddi, Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Clergy ("Rome, November 19, 1984"), quoting both Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger and Pope John Paul II, and commending this edition for use in "traditional family teaching of Catholic doctrine" in the English-speaking world. Approbations.