When the first American edition of the Catechism came out, it was an unexpected national bestseller. Why? Maybe it was because this book, is an age filled with doubts, teaches with authority. It isn't an interpretation of what Catholics believe; it is what Catholics believe. Here in one volume is the whole teaching of the Church, undiluted and uncompromised. These teachings are eternal. But the Catechism itself is up-to-the minute. From animal experimentation to unemployment, it addresses all the most pressing moral questions of the modern world. The index is a masterpiece in itself, nearly 50 pages of carefully organized references that make it easy to find the Catechism's treatment of any subject. This second edition has been revised in accordance with the official Latin text. It also adds a helpful glossary.
-- Incorporates all the final modifications made in the official Latin text of the Catechism
-- Provides a much more complete index
-- Contains a brand new glossary of terms
-- Includes Pope John Paul II's 1997 decree promulgating the official Latin text.
All this new information adds up to 100 pages more than in the original edition which means the second edition is not only easier to use and easier to understand, it's the definitive version of the Catechism!