This unabridged audio version brings to life an exciting combination of the seven basic elements that make up the print version. Musical accents subtly underscore the beginning of each chapter. The meditation and prayer elements, with six different readers, both men and women, including Archbishop Donald Wuerl, bring the text to life.
This special presentation would be extremely useful for commuters, those who are visually impaired, or those who prefer to listen rather than read. The lessons, stories, doctrinal summaries, sidebars, and prayers are all presented in self-contained tracks as short as a minute and usually no longer than four or five minutes, which will also prove useful for RCIA groups, study groups, and other gatherings of believers.
©2006 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (P)2006 St. Anthony Messenger Press
I've never enjoyed catechism, even going back to childhood, but I have found this recording to be easy, enjoyable and enlightening listening. I found the content by the Bishops to be easily accessible, but by no means juvenile - it's definitely adult. I liked the change of voices, the music, and chimes. They helped to remain focused. The references didn't bother me, and I might even go back and look up a few points in the hardcopy Universal Catechism. For me, the stories interspersed throughout the text added meaning and context, and provided examples upon which to reflect, and perhaps try to emulate. I often listen while stuck in traffic, so I feel that I accomplish something while stuck in traffic.
The content is excellent.
The most distracting and annoying aspect of this book are the references. For example there are numerous parenthetical references to other works, bible passages and the like. All of these things are good and proper in the hard copy version, and the reader's eye can easily skip over them.
But the narrator reads all of this stuff, and it's very annoying. It would "read" much better without all those references.
All the teachings of the Catholic Church in audio! I haven't made it through all of it, but I have enjoyed it much thus far. Great stories are incorporated, as well as wonderful quotes from Holy Scripture and the saints!
If you want something to do on long trips and you are looking to learn what the Catholic Church teaches, listen to this wonderful reading of the Catechism. Great reading, would recommend it to Catholics and non-Catholics alike.
The narrators were excellent. I do not think Donald Wuerl narrates it all, just the introductions and in a few other places. But the narrators who they have are excellent. This is condensed stuff, but such a welcome to have it interspersed with biographies of individuals such as Dorothy Day and Cesar Chavez. Over 40 hours long I believe from memory, but worth every moment. I could not have found the time to have read the book, but when drive to and from work, this was excellent. I now of course want the hardcopy book to reference.
The solid teaching of Christian fundamentals (and a few things that make you go whaaaaaaaa?????)
Excellent way to go through a long book!
The secret to victorious Christian living is getting the fundamentals write and for the most part that's the CCC.
Whether you're Catholic or not this book is a prerequisited for victorious Christian living. I've been in various protestant churches over the last 30 years and no two agree on almost anything. Whether you believe in the Primacy of Peter or not it's irresponible as Christian to not read this. Very solid teaching!
It is very beneficial to listen to the catechism as most of it is very edifying, though there are some sections that exaggerate Mary's significance, and the doctrine of purgatory is from the pagan community. It found it's way into the church because the converts did not know scriptures, did not have access to them until later on, and retained the popular secular society beliefs such as the very common belief in purgatory. The matter of praying to saints was also because of ignorance and desperation for help. Fortunately, the church has recently come to greater scriptural understanding of the truth of what Christ has done instead of clinging to the pagan concepts, though some people hang onto the pagan concepts because they have not studied the scriptures. The Holy Spirit is sent to lead us into all truth and He is always working in the church to do just that. For the most part, this audiobook is edifying to one's spirit.
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