Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism (No. 2)
Publisher: Catholic Book Publishing Corp
Publication Date: March 1, 1991
To help illustrate these intricate doctrinal points, this edition also includes delightful, captivating illustrations. These images not only aid in developing comprehension by providing visual representations of complex theological concepts, but they effectively portray a full range of meaning behind each topic that no other teaching approach can replicate. This combination of appealing visuals and sound instruction gives children ages 11-14 a unique opportunity to encounter their faith in a creative yet authoritative manner.
At last, all students can begin their journeys into Christian education with unrivaled ease and pleasure through the Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism (No. 2). Used as part of an official catechetical program or simply as an engaging supplement on its own, this significant resource offers a revolutionary means by which young Catholics may explore Christ’s mysteries with instruction firmly rooted in tradition as well as innovative innovation designed to appeal directly to today’s students.
Got it for my mother as a Christmas gift, she loved it reminding her of her days in Catholic school.
Despite only giving it three stars, this is probably one every American parent needs to have for reference whether or not it's taught directly. Could be great for adult reading as well. It contains a lot of very useful summaries and examples, and the Sacrament of Confirmation was very helpful. I know many people who received it as a main childhood staple and it worked great for them, but I also know others who cite overuse of this text as the main factor for continual anxiety issues and trouble trusting God. The aftermath of the first generation that used this book isn't exactly the best so maybe it needs to be reconsidered. Today I know some who base their whole catechism course on it and others who won't use it very much with their kids because they think it is not a good fit for their children. I plan to use some sections and not others. The way that the structure fixates so much on sin and enhancing fear of sin is fine for some kids and terrible for others. It might help if the chapters were used in a different order. A revised edition by a very high quality theologian parent seems to be in order at some point.