Catechism of Trent?
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We should be careful to clarify what a catechism is: a catechism is an educational summary of (important parts of) the faith, not a source of authority in itself. The use often made of St. John Paul II's Catechism of the Catholic Church has tended to give it a different role to previous catechisms as a sort of final word in the adjudication of disputes, but this is largely a mistake, as Cardinal Ratzinger made clear at the time of its composition. So it's probably best not to think in terms of the Catechism, but rather different efforts to summarise the teachings of the Church, which succeed to greater or lesser degrees.

The Catechism of Trent was one of many educational texts in use before VII (some others that people still use: the Catechism of St. Pius X, the Baltimore Catechism, the Shorter Catechism of St. Robert Bellarmine...). It has the advantage of being composed at the command of the Council of Trent, though it's worth clarifying that the text itself wasn't formally approved by the Council—since it was finished after it had already ended—so it isn't, technically, an authoritative pronouncement by the Council like its Canons. You'll also notice on reading it that its structure is much more narrowly focused than John Paul's CCC: it strictly follows the Apostles' Creed, the Seven Sacraments, the Ten Commandments, and the Lord's Prayer, commenting on each item within these.

So, with that background, to answer your questions: Yes, the Catechism of Trent was in wide use before VII and recommended by many popes up to the 20th century. No, it has never been suppressed or superseded. You will benefit from reading it.
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Catechism of Trent? - by SacraCor714 - 04-16-2019, 11:59 AM
RE: Catechism of Trent? - by Telecreon - 04-16-2019, 12:35 PM
RE: Catechism of Trent? - by Bonaventure - 04-16-2019, 02:46 PM
RE: Catechism of Trent? - by SaintSebastian - 04-16-2019, 03:10 PM
RE: Catechism of Trent? - by MagisterMusicae - 04-16-2019, 06:19 PM
RE: Catechism of Trent? - by jovan66102 - 04-16-2019, 03:14 PM
RE: Catechism of Trent? - by In His Love - 04-16-2019, 03:29 PM
RE: Catechism of Trent? - by jovan66102 - 04-16-2019, 03:36 PM
RE: Catechism of Trent? - by VoxClamantis - 04-16-2019, 08:04 PM



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