01 Oct 2014

Published by Veritas, Ireland’s leading religious publisher and retailer, the Irish Catholic Catechism for Adults is a new publication from the Irish Episcopal Conference. The result of several years’ work, this Catechism is a call to renewal of faith among adults, at a time when people may be questioning whether the good news of Jesus Christ applies to them. It responds to the recommendation in the Catechism of the Catholic Church that Episcopal Conferences would develop ‘local catechisms, which take into account various situations and cultures, while carefully preserving the unity of faith and fidelity to catholic doctrine’.

Each chapter opens with a story or lesson of faith featuring a number of notable people of faith, including Irish people such as Nano Nagle, Catherine McAuley and Matt Talbot, as well as others such as Pope John XXIII, St Augustine and many more. It aims to provide Irish Catholics with an accessible, easy-to-understand introduction to Church teachings in a format they can relate to.

Ireland is only the second country in the English-speaking world to publish a local catechism based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It received the official recognitio of the Holy See in late April and was launched by the Irish Bishops’ Conference on Monday, 9 June.

Listen to a short podcast from Elaine Mahon in which she introduces the Irish Catholic Catechism for Adults 

Elaine Mahon offers some suggestions on how parishes might use the Irish Catholic Catechism for Adults 

Elaine Mahon gives an overview of the different sections of the Irish Catholic Catechism for Adults

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