The Catechism of the Catholic Church is a post-Vatican II document that details the official views of the Catholic Church. Although it maintains the same fundamental views on faith and doctrine as other, more harsher summaries of belief (like the Baltimore Catechism), the Catechism of the Catholic Church is presented in a more friendly way.

As a basis this catechism uses traditional statements of faith such as the Apostle's Creed, the Lord's Prayer, the Ten Commandments, and to a lesser extent the Nicene Creed, the Beatitudes, the Ave Maria. To support these statements of faith, the catechism uses support from scripture and the saints, especially the Fathers of the Church.

A summary of the contents is as follows:
Prologue: The Life of Man: To Know and Love God, Catechesis, How to Use This Catechism, etc.

  1. The Profession of Faith (based on the Apostle's Creed)
  2. The Celebration of the Christian Mystery (based on the seven Sacraments)
  3. Life in Christ (based on the Beatitudes, cardinal virtues and sins, and the Ten Commandments)
  4. Christian Prayer (based on the Lord's Prayer)

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