Hey, check out this post about new software with the Catechism. Not crazy cheap but crazy great reference tool!
I’m glad you asked, Todd. OK, so no one asked, much less anyone named, “Todd.” But here’s the skinny:
In 1977, the Oakland Raiders won the Super Bowl, Gerald Ford passed the presidential torch to Jimmy Carter, snow fell in Miami, Fleetwood Mac released “Rumours,” Star Wars opened in theaters, and Atari releases the 2600 game system. I would be so bold as to say that the Atari revolutionized the video game industry. My second cousin would “lend” us his long after its prime and I would play games with the joystick and mysteriously burn through power adapters. The games were very simple, yet addictive, and challenging, and if I were honest with myself, I knew why my parents never bought me a Nintendo, despite my constant nagging.
The graphics were made up of huge blocks of colors, like a mosaic, vaguely resembling a ghost, alien, or alligator (Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Pit-Fall being the classics in our house). They referred to the graphics as 8-bit, due to the size of the CPU. All the games today, in their life-like beauty, are decedents of these digital dinosaurs. Evolutionary children of the Atari games.
Likewise, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, goes back to the core. It is the source that other books would use to educate and clarify the faith. It is a font of truth from which all doctrine and Church teachings flow.
For Read the Cat, we decided to go back to the source. We wanted to get to the core of Church teachings and study what the Church teaches and why. There is so much beauty in this simplicity but also challenges. It isn’t a “telephone game” interpretation of an interpretation of truth. It is the product 6 years of Cardinals and Bishops dropping truth bombs on the faithful and 2000 years of the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
8-bit is symbolic of the raw, “Just the facts ma’am” presentation of truth found in the Catechism and we look forward to being educated, challenged, enlightened, and affirmed by the core teachings of our faith.
Would you like to follow along with us? Up for the challenge? Need a Catechism? Here you go!
These are three Catechisms that I have (prices are from 2/23/12):
The White CCC: This is what we will be using. Cheap, original, and designed to give you lots of information. This came out in 1995. domain seo information I covered mine in duct tape because it was falling apart and makes me look tough and manly.
- Catholic.com $7.95
- Amazon.com $8.99 (also some good deals on used)
- Read it free online: http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc/index.htm
The Green CCC: This came out in 2000 and is basically the same as the white one. Perhaps you could call it a “Copy Cat” (bu dum tis). There are a some slight differences in translation and a few extras when it comes to the indices. test of dns . If you are a cross referencing nerd, it might be the one for you. It is also larger print, bigger for carrying, and comes in hard cover or soft cover. There is also a smaller green one, (even a bit smaller than the white) great for travel but a bit rare and expensive. You shouldn’t have a problem using this with our podcast as the paragraphs are layed out the same. The green and white are both “Major Catechisms,” and are used to create other catechisms like the YOUCAT. This one sits on my shelf and makes me look scholarly.
- Catholic.com $21.95
- Amazon.com seems like it is very expensive unless you buy used. (Kindle version available)
The Yellow YOUCAT: Short for Youth Catechism, this is completely different. It is designed to be easy to read in a Q and A format. It was derived from the original Catechism. This wouldn’t be great for joining in our challenge because it isn’t broken up into the same paragraphs, but it is great for answering questions that you have and is geared towards youth. This is a great resource and would be a great way to get the same information. This one makes me feel young and hip.
The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: I don’t have this but think it would be a great resource and will probably get it soon. Again, like the YOUCAT, this is a more palletable derivation of the CCC with 598 questions and answers. Greg and Jennifer, world class Catholics, talk about this on their radio show often, so it must be good.
I would like to suggest that you first try to support your local Catholic bookstore, or, at least, local secular bookstore. They probably have this in stock or can get it for you quickly. albania If that isn’t an option, you, of course, can pick it up online.
If you wait for the Easter Bunny to bring it, you will be way behind, so you might as well buy one now.
This lent we’ve decided it is time to take up a book and learn more about our faith. The Church has laid out a beautiful resource for the teachings and depths of Catholicism. It is our hope that through study and prayer of the Catechism this next year be one of growing, learning, and strengthening our spiritual lives. Come along on this journey as we go through the Catechism, cover to cover, in one year. Read along or if you are short on time, listen to our 10 minute (or less) podcast released every Friday for one year. Our new Podcast will start this Ash Wednesday.