Foreword by Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn
The theme of this book is that the Catechism of the Catholic Church, perhaps the most important work on catechesis since the Apostolic Age, offers not only a new, definitive account for our times of the full teaching of the Catholic faith, but also that it is a superbly crafted work from which to learn and to teach the faith. This book reveals the pedagogy embedded in the Catechism, showing every teacher, parent, catechist or student how to discover the key principles that enable one to learn from, and teach from, the Catechism.
The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church speaks of the “wisdom of the presentation” of the Catechism and of “the depth of its spirituality”. These points have rarely been explained in any sustained way and have never before been systematically treated. The unique point about this book is that it focuses on these points, rather than a simple explanation of the content of the Catechism. This book offers a pedagogical approach to the Catechism for handing on the faith of the Catholic Church in any setting, whether home, school and parish. It offers perennially valid teaching points drawn from a perennial text, and an explanation of the ‘pedagogy of God’ which underpins all authentic teaching methods in the Church. In this way, the book offers a twelve step ‘path to recovery’ out of unhealthy catechetical addictions and obsessions which have bedeviled the catechetical world.
It is unique in its origin, emerging from a ‘catechetical friendship’, encouraged by Cardinal Schönborn, between three institutions working in an authentic Catholic catechetical tradition. The three authors display a deep trust and love for the words of the Catechism of the Catholic Church – words that hold a rich heritage and can be pondered lovingly and searchingly, since they are for our good, for everyone’s good.