Baltimore Catechism No. 2
Great for Confirmation

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The Baltimore Catechism No. 2 booklet has all the questions from the Baltimore Catechism No. 0 and No. 1 plus many more to get children through an elementary school level of understanding the Catholic catechism. If you have the No. 2 you will not need the No. 1.

No. 0 and No. 1 are usually used for First Communion preparation while certain questions of the No. 2 are marked for memorization in preparation for Confirmation. Both First Communion and Confirmation are included in the second book.

Those who are new to the Catholic Faith only need the No. 2 since it includes the answers and prayers that are in the two other booklets and cover preparing for Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation and Penance.

An adult would only need the No. 3 or the excellent Catechism Explained which is a comprehensive book that covers the Baltimore Catechism and adds saint and Bible stories as well as examples from history.

The Baltimore Catechism is especially handy for Catholic Religion class, Sunday school catechism, RCIA and Catholic homeschool. It  is the definitive book by which most catechisms written in English are compared, at least those in the United States of America. 

TAN Books and Baronius Press are major publishers of these books.

TAN's version of the BC is from the original by the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore in 1885. See CathTruth [] to see several warnings by Pope Leo XIII in Testem Benevolentiae).

TAN used the 1933 Benziger edition and notes new rubrics (1977).

It is the basis for the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) catechism versions in the USA. One of its best features is that it asks the questions with easily memorized answers. The answers, if answered completely using the words of the question in the answer, offer a concise statement of the Catholic faith. 

Oh, what a treasure this is! Concise answers not only give certitude they are also more easy to use in real life through the years, thereby aiding us in final perseverance. I am particularly glad to have used this with our children as there have been few times when they were confused by the questions or the answers.

Baltimore Catechism No. 2 Compared To The No. 1

Comparison and Differences, No. 1 & No. 2

TAN, No. 1

Fewer than 400 Questions from the No. 2.

Generally used for First Communion (through lesson 20 plus the Ten Commandments).

TAN, No. 2

421 Questions and answers.

More questions and answers included for better preparation for Confirmation.

Similarities, Both No. 1 & No. 2 

Daily Prayers

Phoneticized Words, and Word Meanings pronunciation guide and vocabulary

Lord's Prayer, Hail Mary, Apostles' Creed, Confiteor, Acts of Faith, Hope, and Charity, Perfect Act of Contrition, Blessings Before and After Meals

Emergency Baptism

Questions and Answers

More Prayers, devotions during Mass, Right Manner of Confessing, Titles of the Fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary


Consider These Issues:

Same numeration in both books:

#1 Who made the world. (Improved by the CCD to "Who made you?" showing God's direct creation of each human soul.)

#152ff Indefinite article instead of definite article in definition of several of the sacraments which is not as exact or defining.

#191 Plural Confession answers. (Has your pastor ever admonished the children not to confess the sins of others?)

#254 Communion fast. (TAN version inserts 1977 rules.)

#285 Effects of the Sacrament of Matrimony. (Inverts the order given in the 1917 Code of Canon Law.)

Saint Anne's Helper Audio Baltimore Catechism For Confirmation

Adults appreciate the benefit of an audio book to be able to review Confirmation catechism answers while driving or doing light chores.

Parents and children appreciate the benefit of ambient learning while riding to and from church, school and errands; or while coloring and doing other craft projects. 

Perhaps you are looking for the best answers for Confirmation preparation. No matter which program you use, there's just something definitive and concise about the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 that gives one confidence in learning the basic Catholic beliefs.

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Includes the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 Questions and Answers for Confirmation

The Baltimore Catechism No. 2 questions for Catholic Confirmation preparation frequently require a good deal of study. St. Anne's Helper's version for learning the basic Catholic beliefs for Confirmation offer you Audio Catechism CDs and Catechism Copybooks that can help reduce the time and effort necessary to learn the catechism questions and answers!

Once we realized the benefits of Catholic copywork, we made up Catechism copybooks for penmanship practice or filler/busywork to keep them busy with constructive material. What better Catholic copywork than the Confirmation answers from the Baltimore Catechism No 2?

It is a magic moment when a student WANTS to write beautifully, he or she then CAN write beautifully! Some children want to build their own collection in a binder with all three sets tabbed! On top of this they learn their faith and how to use and spell the vocabulary. See our St. Anne's Helper Baltimore Catechism worksheets below.

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