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Small Catechisms available (letter)

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 Contents - Aug 2005AD2000 August 2005 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Liturgy: opportunity for bishops to take control - Michael Gilchrsit
What the Church can teach the secular world - Archbishp Barry Hickey
News: The Church Around the World
Campus Life: Cardinal Pell's program for a Catholic culture at Sydney's universities - Stephen Lawrence
International poll underlines growing secularist challenge - Michael Gilchrist
Media: Our Lord's name: responding to media blasphemy - Andre Van Der Linden
Feminist translation: Inclusive language and the Trinity: the latest from Brisbane - Michael Apthorp
Benedict XVI's pontificate: the possibilities - Damian Thompson
London's Balham parish, 'an icon of liturgical hope' - Joanna Bogle
John Paul II: a Jewish appreciation
Anglican update: an orthodox fight-back - Fr Christopher Seton
Letters: Dissenter's manifesto (letter) - Imelda Aslett
Letters: Origins of the Bible (letter) - George Simpson
Letters: Lay-led liturgies (letters) - M.T. Kennedy
Letters: An Islamic Holland? (letter) - Henk Verhoeven
Letters: Sacrifice (letter) - M.A. Ross
Letters: Abortion breast cancer link (letter) - Dr Tim Coyle
Letters: Real Presence (letter) - John Schmid
Letters: Small Catechisms available (letter) - Fr Edward P. Evans
Letters: Stem cells (letter) - Brian Harris
Letters: Government review of RE in State Schools (letter) - Maureen Federico
Letters: Brisbane Archbishop bans weekday Latin Mass (letter) - Tom King
Letters: The Mass (letter)
Letters: Appreciation from Nepal (letter)
Poetry: A Heavenly Surprise
Books: More Catholic Than the Pope, by Patrick Madrid and Pete Vere - Fr Glen Tattersal FSSP (reviewer)
Books: More Good Reading from AD Books
Reflection: How we will overcome the shortage of priests - Fr John O'Neill PP

In reference to Fr Duggan's letter (June AD2000) regarding Catholic catechisms, I would like to point out that there are several small catechisms currently available.

A brand new one prepared by Cardinal Ratzinger and Cardinal Schönborn has just been launched in Italy and is selling like hot cakes even in petrol stations. Anything written by our present Holy Father has a quick sale in Italy. Translations will follow.

In the Philippines, a small catechism published by the Daughters of St Paul is being used, while the Congregation of the Sons of Holy Mary Immaculate of Paranaque, Manila, has published My First Catechism (1996), illustrated on art paper.

In the same series, they have published My First Bible, My First History of the Catholic Church, My First Rosary, My First Way of the Cross, A Prayer Book and My First Lives of the Saints (Sons of Holy Mary Immaculate, Isabella De Rosis St, Multinational Village, 1700 Paranaque, M. Manila, Philippines, tel + 827 5506).

There is even a Catechism of the Catholic Church in Chinese produced by the Chinese Catholic Bishops' Conference (1995) which has been translated into English by the late Fr Francis Conn SJ.

Finally, I Believe: A Little Catholic Catechism by Aid to the Church in Need was reprinted in 2004. This is a magnificent little book of 205 pages, illustrated and ideal for Australia. It is available from Aid to the Church in Need, PO Box, 6245, Blacktown DC, NSW 2148, tel/fax (02) 9679-1929.

Braddon, ACT

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 18 No 7 (August 2005), p. 16

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