The Catechism is the collected teachings of the Catholic Church. Since Jesus Christ Himself founded the Catholic Church, the teachings of the Church are in fact the teachings of Jesus Christ. The Catholic Church has been entrusted with the sacred responsibility of sharing the teachings of Jesus throughout the world and throughout all ages until His return at the end of the world.
Why learn the Catechism of the Catholic Church?
“My people perish for lack of knowledge …”~Hosea:4-6
In order to live as faithful Christians, we need to know the teachings of Jesus Christ. Furthermore, learning the teachings of Jesus will enable us to live good lives ourselves and teach others to live good lives as well.
Ways to learn the Catechism
Enrolling children in a good Religious Education Program at a Catholic Church (i.e. First Holy Communion Classes, Confirmation Classes, etc.) is a means for children to learn the Catechism. Adults can enroll in religious education programs (for adults) in order to learn about Church teachings for the first time or to deepen their knowledge. Adults who would like to become Catholic can enroll in RCIA programs (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) at their local Catholic Church.
Their are many hard-copy publications of the Catechism such as:
- Baltimore Catechism
- Pocket Catechism-St. Joseph Edition
Here is the link to the online copy of the Catechism in English: