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For those wanting to get the “big picture” on the Catholic faith, these summary resources are a great place to start.
Essential Online Resources
Nazareth Master Catechism
This incredibly useful reference work presents side-by-side five historic summaries of the Catholic faith: The Catechetical Instructions of St. Thomas Aquinas (1273), The Catechism of the Council of Trent (1566), The Baltimore Catechism (1891), The Catechism of Pope St. Pius X (1905), and The Catechism of the Catholic Church (1992), arranged for easy comparison and study under five topical headings. A new convert could become a master of the Catholic Faith using this resource alone!
Summaries of Catholic Teaching
Here are some wonderfully clear, relatively short articles explaining Catholic teaching on most key topics from God to Catholic moral and social teaching. They are excellent!
This is an invaluable resource for understanding basic issues of the faith.
Pocket Catholic Dictionary
Excellent tool! An online dictionary of Catholic terms with definitions written by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
A few Good Series
by Fr. Robert Barron
This is a beautiful introduction to the Catholic faith and a great way to experience the teachings, spirituality and artistic treasures of the Catholic Church. In this series of 10 DVDs you travel with acclaimed author, speaker and theologian Fr. Robert Barron to more than 50 locations throughout 15 countries. It’s something you can watch again and again and share with others.
by Fr. Robert Barron
by Scott Hahn
In this series, Scott Hahn explains why the Catholic view of reality is true for everybody — whether they realize it or not. He explores the importance of liturgy, the relationship of Scripture and Tradition, shows us how to debunk the “demythologizers” of modernist Biblical interpretation, and much more. This is a tremendous series for every serious student of Catholicism.
A few Good Books
by Frank Sheed
This is simply one of the best summarizations of Catholic teaching in existence, and written in style so clear and using so many easy-to-understand illustrations that it’s one of the first books any convert should read.
by Alan Schreck
To be a Catholic is simply to be a Christian. In a friendly and gracious way, the author walks through the major teachings of Catholicism showing how rooted they are in Sacred Scripture. This book is a wonderful introduction to the art of defending the faith from the Bible.