I know this is politically incorrect, but being able to answer the questions laid out in the Baltimore Catechism is kind of Catholic 101.
There was a lot of criticism, when the Baltimore Catechism was in use … about mindless rote memorization … but how else are you going to know what the Church teaches.
So, in response to the criticism against “rote memorization” reading and studying the Baltimore Catechism was abandoned.
So the young people got NOTHING to replace that.
[My wife taught CCD and the kids didn’t even know the basic prayers, so contrary to the teaching guide, she taught the basic prayers.]
If you visit Amazon books, there are several different Baltimore Catechisms based on the age of the readers.
The Baltimore Catechism has been updated to make it current with the minor changes to the liturgy and responsibilities of the laity.
It is excellent and if you combine it with the Catechism of the Catholic Church, … the thick one … you can get very detailed biblical explanations for everything.