Baltimore Catechism No. 2

Baltimore Catechism No. 2 Booklet - TAN BooksBaltimore Catechism No. 2 for Confirmation, grades 6-8 and high school.

Great for Confirmation Catechism

No. 2 For Children

The Baltimore Catechism No. 2 has all the questions from the Baltimore Catechism No. 0 and No. 1 in one booklet.

It also has many more catechism questions to help children to an elementary school understanding of the Catholic catechism. If you have the No. 2 you will not need the No. 1 or the 0.

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.

No. 2 For Adults

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 covers preparing for Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation and Penance.

An adult would only need the No. 2 as it really does cover most of the questions that most adults ever face. The No. 3, or the excellent Catechism Explained  are much more comprehensive adult catechism books.

I'd skip the No. 3 and move straight to The Catechism Explained as it covers the Baltimore Catechism, and adds saint and Bible stories as well as examples from history.

Easiest Catechism For Religion Class

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. 

The questions are plain and the answers directly correspond to the questions in a direct and concise format. This makes the answers easy to learn and to memorize.

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Deharbe's Catechism

If you are not required to use the Baltimore, check out DeHarbe's Catechism here. The Small is for Communion preparation and the Large for the rest of us. No white-out necessary. :-)

Baltimore Catechism Comparison With The Confraternity Version

It is the basis for the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) catechism versions in the USA since the 1940s. Some versions were better than others which is why so many people want the 1885 reprints. It's hard to trust re-writes.

One of its best features of the old version 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, the one thing necessary.

I am particularly glad to have used this with our children as there have been few times when they were confused and these the answers were plain and to the point.

Baltimore Catechism No. 2 Compared To The No. 1

What is the difference between the No. 1 and the No. 2? How do they compare?

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 prayers and 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 - Lord's Prayer, Hail Mary, Apostles' Creed, Confiteor, Acts of Faith, Hope, and Charity, Perfect Act of Contrition, Blessings Before and After Meals.
  • Phoneticized Words, and Word Meanings pronunciation guide and vocabulary at the beginning of each section.
  • Emergency Baptism formula.
  • Questions and Answers.
  • More Prayers - Devotions during Mass, Right Manner of Confessing, Titles of the Fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary.
  • Words to the old hymns.

Consider These Issues:

There are some issues you will want to beware to teach well. The No 1 and the No 2 have the 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.)
  • #152 ff Indefinite article instead of definite article in definition of several of the sacraments which is not as exact or defining as saying Baptism is the sacrament, Confirmation is the sacrament.
  • #191 Plural Confession answers. (Has your pastor ever admonished the children not to confess the sins of others? Maybe this is why he had to mention it.)
  • #254 Communion fast. (TAN version inserts the 1977 rules.)
  • #285 Effects of the Sacrament of Matrimony. (Inverts the order given in the 1917 Code of Canon Law.)

With this last consideration, it took me years to find that the answer to this issue is in the 1917 Code. It involves whether the primary purpose of matrimony is the love of the spouses for each other or for the procreation and education of children. 

If you're teaching little children, leave this question off your list. If you're teaching older children, settle the question first.

If you're studying for yourself, The Catechism Explained says

  • On page 649, "... the principal object of marriage, [is] the right training of children."
  • On page 663, "Of all parental duties, that of training their children in the fear of God is the most important; for on the manner in which it is discharged the temporal and eternal happiness both of parents and children will depend."

There are wonderful explanations in the full chapter on Matrimony.


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Published By TAN Books And Baronius Press

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

TAN's 1977 version of the BC is from the original by the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore in 1885. TAN used the 1933 Benziger edition that had added word meanings to the top of each chapter.

It also notes new rubrics as of the 1970 calendar.

To add spice to your research about who wrote this catechism, see the old TAN's CathTruth American History article [Old web address: http://www.cathtruth.com/catholicbible/amerhst2.htm] to see several warnings by Pope Leo XIII in Testem Benevolentiae). 

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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! On top of this they learn their faith and how to use and spell the vocabulary.

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