Course: Catechism Level 3
This course is suitable for the upper middle-school (grade 8) or for lower-level high school (grade 9). It is an excellent review of important truths of our Faith which should be memorized by the student. How many Catholics adults have avoided pitfalls and losing their Faith thanks to having carefully memorized their childhood catechisms?
The broad overview of this course is "What to believe (the Creed)" and "What to do (the Commandments and Sacraments)." Most solid Catholic catechisms, including that used in this course, condense Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and the wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas into a simple question and answer format.
Catechism in general, however, is necessary but not sufficient preparation for facing the trials, temptations, doubts, and scandals this sinful world will expose the student to. It is necessary to study catechism because everyone needs the "Catholic answer" to avoid going wrong, even if they do not completely understand or cannot defend that answer. But catechism is not sufficient; the Catholic student should move beyond catechism and learn the "why" of the answers. These answers are understood more fully in our Catholic Apologetics and Papal Encyclical courses.
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