The Catholic Church—finding out more
The Catechism of the Catholic Church is the official compendium of doctrine, published in the 1990s. Part 1 is concerned with the Creeds of the Church; Part 2 deals with our sacramental encounters with God; Part 3 presents how a Catholic should live out his or her faith in daily life; Part 4 is about prayer, including a meditation on the Our Father.
The Catechism is available in three forms:
The full Catechism is available free and as a .
There is a short(er) question and answer summary called the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. also available free , and as a .
Finally, there is a version aimed at young people (but which, being more accessible, many people of all ages will find useful) called YouCat. It has (you need to be a teenager just to work out how it works), is available as , and a .
Of interest to those without Christian Faith
— Investigates questions of reason, science and faith.
For those who would like a simple and general approach
— a lighthearted trot through Catholic teachings. Website could do with a redesign, though.
— an attractive site (though with annoying popups) with a gentle approach
Of interest to those who come from an Evangelical background
— mostly a set of dialogues with Evangelicals on various topics of mutual interest.
— addressing some of the hot potato issues head on
Of more general interest
— exploring the Catholic Faith with the help of the Church Fathers
— a searchable series of articles answering questions about the Catholic faith
For those interested in the Catholic lifestyle
, written from a traditional perspective, has lots of useful resources and links.
was compiled in 1912, but is online, and still useful.
—a support resource for those (including clergy) seeking to become Catholic