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Ask the Register: what is the Catechism?

Q. Your answers frequently refer to the Catechism. What exactly is in the Catechism?

A. The current Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC)was promulgated in 1992 by Pope John Paul II. It is available in book form and online in full in many places, such as the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

The USCCB says “the Catechism contains the essential and fundamental content of the Catholic faith in a complete and summary way. It presents what Catholics throughout the world believe in common. It presents these truths in a way that facilitates their understanding.

“The Catechism presents Catholic doctrine within the context of the Church’s history and tradition. Frequent references to Sacred Scripture, the writings of the Fathers, the lives and writings of the saints, conciliar and papal documents and liturgical texts enrich the Catechism in a way that is both inviting and challenging.” There are more than 3,000 footnotes in the Catechism.

Write to Ask the Register using our online form, or write to 3700 Sheridan Blvd., Suite 10, Lincoln NE 68506-6100. All questions are subject to editing. Editors decide which questions to publish. Personal questions cannot be answered. People with such questions are urged to take them to their nearest Catholic priest.

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