Trumpet152 and Awalt:
I am glad this might sound interesting to you. We’re moving at a pretty slow pace for the start of things. We only focused on the prologue for our first discussion, and our second discussion is only aiming to address Part 1, Section 1. Another aspect we’re very much aware of is the need to be flexible in terms of the planned agenda when someone is sharing something which is personal and related to the discussions. We don’t want to rush anyone; that completely misses the point.
We also were introduced to something called The Companion to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, A Compendium of Texts Referred to in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Besides having a really long title, it is a fantastic resource for the serious student of our Catechism. The companion lists the larger passage which is referenced in each footnote. As some of the sources are fairly obscure, it is a really great tool to use to gain a deeper understanding of the CCC and its supportive sources. When we gather, the plan is that we will have already read the CCC at home, then we read the companion togther and discuss our readings. Our discussions explore the substance of the passages studied, its broader application, and “what it means to us”.
That last part sounds corny, but let me give you a personal example. We left the Episcopal Church a few years ago when the homosexual controversies surrounding the ordination of Bishop Gene Robinson were being debated everywhere within this denomination. It was a very divisive and hard time to be a conservative. When we first read the clear declarations of the CCC concerning homosexuality, we were struck with how clear and definite it was; there was no ambiguity about the Church’s position. Moral relativism obviously was not being tolerated in the Catholic Church, and that was incredibly encouraging to us.
While I always encourage Catholics to shop at their local Catholic bookstore, I just noticed that Amazon is selling the CCC companion for about half of what our parish recently paid for our group’s copy. If you’re interested, here is the Amazon link:
Unfortunately, we haven’t devoted a great deal of time yet to the Yahoo page. If folks from the Forums were interested, however, we would be happy to try to post more of our materials or observations there, so there is more of a feeling of joint participation. If you’re interested in possibly participating, send me an e-mail at email@example.com.