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Introduction to Catholicism: a Complete Course.

Canada now Canada Now (more formally CBC News: Canada Now) is the early-evening national news program aired on CBC Television, the main English television network of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, between 2000 and 2007.  is offered a marvelous high school religion textbook series published by the Midwest Theological Forum, of Chicago. The books, four in the series, have hard covers and well over three hundred large pages each, and are artistically beautiful, multicoloured, with lots of pictures, advanced concepts, related statements from the Catechism of the Catholic Church The Catechism of the Catholic Church, or CCC, is an official exposition of the teachings of the Catholic Church, first published in French in 1992 by the authority of Pope John Paul II. , and an index. On the editorial board are Dr. Scott Hahn Scott Hahn (born October 28, 1957) is a contemporary author, theologian and Catholic apologist. His works include Rome Sweet Home and The Lamb's Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth.  and his wife Kimberly.

The Didache was a book written about the year 100 A.D. by followers of the Apostles; it gave sound teaching of the Faith. The series named after it, copyrighted in 2003, has been judged to be in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church by the Ad Hoc Committee ad hoc committee A committee formed with the purpose of addressing a specific issue or issues, which theoretically is disbanded once its raison d'etre is finished  to Oversee the Use of the Catechism, United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.  Conference of Catholic Bishops. The titles of the four books Four Books
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 in the series are: (1) Introduction to Catholicism: A Complete Course," (2) Understanding the Scriptures: A Complete Course on Bible Study; (3) The History of the Church." A Complete Course," and (4) Our Moral Life in Christ." A Complete Course. Books (1) and (4) are reviewed here.

Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, has written in praise of these two books (the other two will be out soon), saying that these two offer "teaching substantial enough to win the respect and interest of students. Scripture, the liturgy, the writings of the Church Fathers, the teaching of Vatican II, of the Popes, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church make up their rich content. Traditional words unique to the Catholic Church, those 'belief words' that are an essential vocabulary for Catholic literacy and for insight into revealed truth, are used and explained. I warmly commend these two books to high school teachers and students, to those responsible for the RCIA RCIA Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
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, and to all who serve in positions of lay ecclesial ministry Lay Ecclesial Ministry is the relatively new category of pastoral ministers in the Catholic Church who serve the Church but are not ordained. Lay Ecclesial Ministers are coworkers with the bishop alongside presbyters, deacons, and theologians. ."

The two books being reviewed focus entirely on the central beliefs of Catholics. That makes them perfectly acceptable to Canadians, who receive a Catholic, not an American presentation.

The Introduction to Catholicism book begins with the call to holiness and from there moves to prayer, the Trinity, the Virgin Mary, revelation, the Old and the New Testament, and the Sacraments, and concludes with the Ten Commandments.

The book on the Church's moral teaching presents the principles of moral theology; moral acts; and conscience and its application to all of today's hot-button issues; all with the biblical and theological perspective found in the 1992 Catechism. The social teaching of the Church and all ten Commandments are covered in depth, once again in the perspective and context of modern life.

The series is available in Canada through The Canadian Theological Forum, 191 Wade Gate, Thornhill, ON, L4J 5Y4, e-mail In the United States the books are selling like a raging forest fire, and rightly so. The Canadian price is $53 for each book, plus shipping and handling and the GST GST
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. A teacher's manual is available at $10 in a CD ROM, or $25 in a large binder, plus a shipping cost and the GST.
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Date:Mar 1, 2005
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