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.
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.
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.
The Baltimore is the basis for many 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.
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).
The Baltimore Catechism No. 2 questions for Confirmation preparation frequently require a good deal of study.
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What better Catholic copywork than the Confirmation answers from the Baltimore Catechism No. 2?
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Use these printables in your Roman Catholic catechism class, Faith formation, or Sunday school lesson. ~Mary Fifer