Catechism books that teach Baptism of Desire:
1. A Catechism for Inquirers by Rev. Joseph I. Malloy, C.S.P.
New York: Paulist Press, 1927.
Permissu Superiorum: Joseph McSorely, C.S.P., Superior General.
Nihil Obstat: Arthur J. Scalan, S.T.D., Censor Librorum.
Imprimatur: Patrick Cardinal Hayes, Archbishop of New York.
2. A Catholic Catechism for the Parochial Schools and Sunday Schools of the United States. By Rev. James Groenings, S.J., Translated by the Very Rev. James Rockliff, S.J.
New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1900.
With the Approbation of the Most Rev. Archbishop of New York and of Religious Superiors.
Nihil Obstat: Theodore Van Rossum, S.J., Censor Deputatus.
Imprimatur: Michael Augustine, Archbishop of New York.
3. A Complete Catechism of the Catholic Religion. Translated from the German of Rev. Joseph Deharbe, S.J., by the Rev. John Fander. Preceded by A Short History of Revealed Religion, from the Creation to the Present Time. 6th American Edition. Edited by the Rev. James J. Fox, D.D. and the Rev. Thomas McMillan, C.S.P.
New York: Schwartz, Kirwin & Fauss, 1912.
Nihil Obstat: Very Rev. Edmund T. Shanahan, D.D., Censor Deputatus.
Imprimatur: John M. Farley, Archbishop of New York.
4. A Catechism Moral and Controversial, Proper for such as are already advanced to some Knowledge of Christian Doctrine by Thomas Miles Burke, O.P.
5. A Catechism of Catholic Doctrine.
Approved by the Archbishops and Bishops of Ireland.
Imprimatur: Joannes Carolus, Archiepiscopus Dublinensis, Hiberniae Primas.
6. A Catechism of Christian Doctrine Prescribed for Use in the Diocese of Victoria, 2nd Ed.
Imprimatur: Alexander MacDonald, Bishop of Victoria.
From the Preface:
The writer is indebted to the Archbishop of Toronto for much, if not all, of what is best in this book. It has been already done into Spanish, and is used in South America.
Toronto: Madigan & Moylan, 1920.
7. A Dogmatic Catechism. From the Italian of Frassinetti. Revised and Edited by the Oblate Fathers of St. Charles.
London: R. Washbourne, 1872.
Recommended by Henry Edward, Archbishop of Westminster.
8. An Advanced Catechism of Catholic Faith and Practice, Based Upon the Third Plenary Council Catechism, for Use in the Higher Grades of Catholic Schools. Complied by Rev. Thomas J. O’Brien, Inspector of Parochial Schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn.
Akron: D. H. McBride & Company, 1901.
Nihil Obstat: Rev. M. G. Flannery, Censor Librorum
Imprimatur: Ign. F. Horstmann, Bishop of Cleveland.
9. An Explanation of the Baltimore Catechism of Christian Doctrine: For the Use of Sunday-School Teachers and Advanced Classes. By the Rev. Thomas L. Kinkead.
New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1891.
Received approbations from:
His Eminence Cardinal Gibbons.
Most Rev. M. A. Corrigan, D.D., Archbishop of New York.
Most Rev. William Henry Elder, D.D., Archbishop of Cincinnati.
Most Rev. Thomas L. Grace, D.D., Archbishop of Siunia.
Most Rev. P.J. Ryan, D.D., Archbishop of Philadelphia.
Most Rev. William J. Walsh, D.D., Archbishop OP Dublin, Primate of Ireland.
Right Rev. D. M. Bradley. D.D., Bishop of Manchester.
Right Rev. Thomas F. Brennan, D.D., Bishop of Dallas.
Right Rev. M. F. Burke, D.D., Bishop of Cheyenne.
Right Rev. L. De Goesbriand, D.D., Bishop of Burlington.
Right Rev. John Foley, D.D., Bishop of Detroit.
Right Rev. H. Gabriels, D.D., Bishop-elect of Ogdensburg.
Right Rev. N. A. Gallagher, D.D., Bishop of Galveston.
Right Rev. Leo Haid, O.S.B., D.D., Vicar Apostolic of North Carolina.
Right Rev. John J. Hennessy, D.D., Bishop of Wichita.
Right Rev. Junger, D.D., Bishop of Nesqually.
Right Rev. John J. Keane, D.D., Rector of the Catholic University, Washington.
Right Rev. W. G. McCloskey, D.D., Bishop of Louisville.
Right Rev. James Mcgolrick, D.D., Bishop of Duluth.
Right Rev. Camillus P. Maes, D.D., Bishop of Covington.
Right Rev. C. E. McDonnell, D.D., Bishop-elect of Brooklyn.
Right Rev. P. Manogue, D.D., Bishop of Sacramento.
Right Rev. Tobias Mullen, D.D., Bishop of Eric.
Right Rev. H. P. Northrop, D.D., Bishop of Charleston.
Right Rev. Henry Joseph Richter. D.D., Bishop of Grand Rapids.
Right Rev. S. V. Ryan, D.D., Bishop of Buffalo.
Right Rev. L. Scanlan, D.D., Bishop of Salt Lake.
10. Anecdotes and Examples Illustrating the Catholic Catechism. Selected and Arranged by Rev. Francis Spirago, Professor of Theology. Supplemented, Adapted to the Baltimore Catechism, and Edited by Rev. James J. Baxter, D.D.
New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1904.
Nihil Obstat: Remigius Lafort, S.T.L., Censor Librorum.
Imprimatur: John M. Farley, D.D., Archbishop of New York.
11. Biblical Treasury of the Catechism, 3rd Ed. Complied and Arranged by Rev. Thomas E. Cox.
New York: William H. Young & Company, 1900.
Nihil Obstat: T. L. Spalding.
Imprimatur: Patrick A. Feehan, D.D., Archbishop of Chicago.
12. Catechism Made Easy, Being a Familiar Explanation of the Catechism of Christian Doctrine, Vol III. by Rev. Henry Gibson, Late Catholic Chaplain to the Kirkdale Gaoland Kirkdale Industrial Schools.
London: R Washbourne, 1877.
Nihil Obstat: Carolus Canonicus Teebay.
Imprimatur: Bernardus, Episcupus Liverpolitanus.
13. Catechism: Doctrinal, Moral, Historical, and Liturgical with Answers to the Objections Drawn from the Sciences Against Religion, Vol. III., 8th Ed. by the Rev. Patrick Power.
London: Burns and Oates, 1905.
With Episcopal Approbation.
14. Catechism of the Diocese of Paris. Translated from the French by M. J. Piercy.
London: Richardson and Son, 1850.
Haying carefully perused the following Translation of an excellent and copious Catechism, published by order of the late saintly Archbishop of Paris, we hesitate not to recommend the same to the English reader, as an elaborate and complete exposition of Catholic doctrine and practice; suitable, from its peculiar plan, as well for the elementary instruction of young persons, as for the edification and benefit of those of riper age.
William, Bishop of Ariopolis, Vicar Apostolic of the Eastern District.
George, Bishop of Tloa, Vicar Apostolic of the Lancashire District.
William, Bishop of Samosata.
Robert Hogarth, G.V.—Y. D.
15. Catechism of the ''Summa Theologica" of Saint Thomas Aquinas for the Use of the Faithful. By R. P. Thomas Pègues, O.P., Master in Theology. Adapted from the French and done into English by Aelred Whitacre, O.P.
London: Burns Oates and Washbourne Limited, 1922.
Received the approbation of Pope Benedict XV.
16. The Catechumen: An Aid to the Intelligent Knowledge of the Catechism. By J. G. Wenham, Canon of Southwark, and Diocesan Inspector of Schools.
London: Burns and Oates, 1888.
Nihil Obstat: Thomas Can. Lalor, Censor Deputatus.
17. The Catechism Explained: An Exhaustive Exposition of the Christian Religion, With Special Reference to the Present State of Society and the Spirit of the Age. A Practical Manual for the Use of the Preacher, the Catechist, the Teacher, and the Family. Eighth Edition. From the Original of Rev. Francis Spirago, Professor of Theology. Edited by Rev. Richard F. Clarke, S.J.
New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1899.
18. The Catechism, or, Christian Doctrine, by Way of Question and Answer, Drawn Chiefly from the Express Word of God, and Other Pure Sources. 3rd Ed. by the Rev. Andrew Donlevy, LL.D.
Dublin: James Duffy, 1848.
I do hereby testify to have attentively read and examined the Irish and English Catechism, compiled by M. Andrew Donlevy, Director of the Irish Community at Paris, which, in all points, is very conformable to both Scripture and Tradition, and very useful to all those who are charged with the instruction of the Faithful in the kingdom of Ireland, as clearly containing the Articles of Faith and Purity of Christian Morality. At Paris, the eighteenth of April, 1741.
Michael O’Gara, Archbishop of Tuam.
Similar Approbations were given at the same time by—
James Gallagher, Bishop of Kildare.
Patrick Macdonogh, Bishop of Killaloe.
F. B. Kelly, O.S.F., Doctor of Sorbonne.
Patrick Corr, Doctor of Sorbonne and Provisor of the Irish College.
Mathew Mackenna, Doctor of Sorbonne and Provisor of the Irish College.
Richard Hennessy, Licentiate of Sorbonne.
F. J. Duany, O.E.S.A., Doctor of Sorbonne.
Francis Devereux, Principal of the Irish College.
19. The Catechism of Rodez Explained in Form of Sermons: A Work Equally Useful to the Clergy, Religious Communities, and Faithful. By the Abbe Luche.
St. Louis: B. Herder, 1898.
Recommended by Rt. Rev. Ign. F. Horstmann, D.D., Bishop of Cleveland.
Received the approbation of Louis-August, Bishop of Rodez.
20. The Catechism in Examples by the Rev. D. Chisholm, Vol. IV. 3rd Ed.
London: Burns Oates & Washbourne LTD., 1918.
Nihil Obstat: Franciscus M. Wyndham, Censor Deputatus.
Imprimatur: Gulielmus, Episcopus Arindelensis, Vicarius Generalis.
From the preface to the Second Edition:
The unprecedented success which attended the publication of the First Edition of " The Catechism in Examples," and the demand which is now being constantly made for the book, has induced the author to undertake the publication of an entirely new edition, in which, while adhering to the original plan, he has not only thoroughly revised, but also considerably developed, the contents of the work.
The book in its first form found its way literally into every part of the world, and demands for a reissue have recently reached the author from almost every country in the Continent of Europe, as well as from America, Australia, Africa, North and South; Ireland especially has been most zealous in its propagation in the past, and in present demands for its reappearance.
His late Holiness, Leo XIII., not only gave the book his special approbation and blessing, when brought to his notice by two Archbishops, but asked the author to furnish a copy of it for the Papal Library (see Tablet, February 25, 1888, p. 300). Many members of the Hierarchy have also given it their approbation and commendation, and the teaching Orders of the Church, as well as the clergy in charge of schools, have distributed it in profusion among the prizes they gave to the children under their care; and in many a Catholic home it is the favourite book for pious reading in the family.
21. The Catechism of the Ecclesiastical Provinces of Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa.
Quebec: Printing Establishment of A. Cote & Co., 1888.
Approved by the Archbishops and Bishops of those Provinces and Published at Their Order.
Imprimatur: E. A. Card. Taschereau, Archpus Quebecen.
22. The Catechism of Saint Pius X.
Approved of by Pope St. Pius X.
23. Teacher’s Handbook to the Catechism: A Practical Explanation of Catholic Doctrine for School and Pulpit. With Special Regard and Minute Directions for the Catechizing of Children, Vol. III. by the Rev. A. Urban.
New York: Joseph H. Wagner, 1904.
Nihil Obstat: Remigius Lafort, S.T.L., Censor Librorum
Imprimatur: Joannes M. Farley, D.D., Archiepiscopus.
24. The Douay Catechism of 1649: An Abridgment of the Christian Doctrine. With Proofs of Scripture on Points Controverted by Way of Question and Answer. By Henry Tuberville, D.D.
New York: John P. Kennedy, 1833.
Approved and Recommended for His Diocese, by the Right Rev. Benedict, Bishop of Boston.
25. The Poor Man's Catechism; or, the Christian Doctrine Explained with Short Admonitions. By John Mannock, O.S.B.
Dublin: Richard Coyne, 1825.
26. The Real Principles of Catholics; Or, a Catechism by Way of General Instruction Explaining the Principle Points of the Doctrine & Ceremonies of the Catholic Church, 4th Ed. by the Right Rev. Dr. Hornihold, titular Bishop of Phiomelia and Vicar Apostolic of the Midland District, England.
Dublin: Richard Coyne, 1821.
The following Approbations will it is trusted appear decisive as to the Merits of this Work.
We approve highly of Doctor Hornihold’s book, “The Real Principles of Catholics, &c.” and we recommend it highly for perusal to Roman Catholics of this Archdiocese.
Thomas Troy, D.D. &c.
Daniel Murray, D.D.
M. H. Hamill, D.D.
27. A Full Course of Instructions for the Use of Catechists; Being An Explanation of the Catechism Entitled "An Abridgment Of Christian Doctrine." By the Rev. John Perry.
New York: D. & J. Sadlier & Co., 1860.
Approbation of the Most Rev. John Hughes, D.D., Archbishop of New York:
The publication of “Perry's Instructions on the Catechism,” by Messrs. Sadlier & Co., has my entire approval.
Recommendation of the Right Rev. Bishop Bayley, Bishop of Newark:
I am glad to hear that you intend to republish "Perry's Instructions on the Catechism." It is an excellent little book. As a manual for catechists, or as a book of instruction, developing and explaining the Catechism, it is the best work of the sort I am acquainted with.
Approbation of the English Edition by the Right Rev, Dr. Wareing Bishop of Ariopolis, Vicar Apostolic of the Eastern District:
Having attentively perused the work of the Rev. John Perry…I have great pleasure in recommending the same, as an orthodox and useful exposition of Catholic doctrine, and well calculated to assist as well those who seek for instruction as those who are employed in giving catechetical discourses.
28. Dogmatic and Scriptural Foundation for Catechists: Notes on Baltimore Catechism No. 3 by Rev. Francis J. Connell, C.SS.R., S.T.D., LL.D, L.H.D.
New Jersey: Confraternity Publications, 1955.
Imprimi Potest: Very Rev. James Connolly, C.SS.R., Provincial of the Baltimore Province of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer.
Nihil Obstat: Bede Babo, O.S.B., Censor librorum.
Imprimatur: James A. Mcnulty, Bishop of Paterson.
29. The Baltimore Catechism No. 3 Prepared and Enjoined by Order of the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore (In Accordance with the New Canon Law).
New York, Boston, Cincinnati, Chicago, San Francisco: Benziger Brothers, 1885.
Approbation from James Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore, Apostolic Delegate:
The Catechism ordered by the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore, having been diligently compiled and examined, is hereby approved.
Imprimatur: John Cardinal McCloskey, Archbishop of New York.
Nihil Obstat: Rev. Remigius Lafort, S.T.L., Censor Librorum.
Imprimatur: Michael Augustine, Archbishop of New York.
Nihil Obstat: Arthur J. Scanlan, S.T.D., Censor Librorum.
Imprimatur: Patrick J. Hayes, D.D., Archbishop of New York.
30. The Catechism of the Council of Trent.
Ordered by the Council of Trent
Edited by St. Charles Borromeo and approved of by St. Pope Pius V.
Approbations for the Catechism of the Council of Trent taken from the book, A Parochial Course of Doctrinal Instructions for All Sundays and Holydays of the Year Based on the Teachings of the Catechism of the Council of Trent and Harmonized with the Gospels and Epistles of the Sundays and Feasts, Vol I. Prepared and Arranged by the Rev. Charles J. Callan, O.P., and the Rev. John A. McHugh, O.P. Professors in the Theological Faculty of Maryknoll Seminary, Ossining N. Y. With an Introduction by the Most Rev. Patrick Hayes, D.D., Archbishop of New York:
In April, 1545, only a few months after the opening of the Council of Trent, it was decided by the Bishops and theologians of that illustrious assembly that an official book should be prepared for the guidance of pastors and all those charged with preaching and with the instruction of the faithful. It was plain that an explanation of the truths of revelation was always necessary; but at that time, more than ever in preceding ages, it seemed imperative that the faithful should be thoroughly instructed in all the doctrines of faith, because the so-called Reformers had their false teachers and false prophets everywhere abroad, spreading their pernicious errors and endeavoring by all means in their power to turn souls from the way of truth. The need of a complete, popular, and authoritative manual was further heightened by the lack in many of the pre-Reformation clergy of a systematic knowledge and method of explaining the truths of faith, and a consequent neglect of instruction and lack of religious knowledge on the part of the faithful.
For some years the Council was occupied with other matters which demanded more immediate attention; but in February, 1562, after having defined and re-approved all the leading doctrines and teachings of the Church, the Fathers of the Council resolved that an official Catechism should be written which would treat, in a manner suited for parochial use, all those truths of Christian doctrine with which the faithful ought to be familiar, and upon which they are supposed to be instructed in particular on all Sundays and Feasts of obligation. Furthermore, it was the wish of the Fathers and authors of this great work, and of the Sovereign Pontiffs and Councils that subsequently approved it, that its contents should be so treated as to harmonize with the Gospels and Epistles of the Sundays and Feasts throughout the year. Thus the faithful, while being kept ever in touch with the person and life-giving words of Christ, would at the same time be constantly and thoroughly instructed in all the principal doctrines of that revelation which the Saviour has given to the world for man's salvation.
After several years of careful labor and numerous revisions, on the part of many Bishops and eminent theologians, the Catechism was brought to completion and issued for the use of parish priests by command of Pope Pius V, toward the end of the year 1566. Translations into the vernacular of every nation were ordered by the Council. No such complete and practical summary of Christian doctrine had appeared since the days of the Apostles. Bishops at once recommended it everywhere and urged their priests so constantly to use and study it for their preaching that its whole contents would at length be committed to memory. It was repeatedly recommended by Pope St. Pius V., and in five Councils held at Milan under St. Charles Borromeo it received the highest praise and commendation. Similar eulogy and commendation were given it by Gregory XIII, the successor of Pius V, by Clement XIII, and in our own times by Leo XIII and Pius X. In short, from the time of its publication down to the present time many Pontiffs and Bishops, and a great number of provincial and diocesan synods in various countries, have vied with one another in celebrating the praises of the Catechism of Trent, and in commanding its use. A few of many testimonies may be useful here.
Speaking of the Catechism, Cardinal Valerius, the friend of St. Charles Borromeo, wrote: “This work contains all that is needful for the instruction of the faithful; and its matter is given with such order, clearness, and majesty that through it we seem to hear the Church herself, taught by the Holy Ghost, speaking to us. ... It was composed by order of the Fathers of Trent through the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, and was edited by order of the Vicar of Christ.”
In an Encyclical Letter to the Bishops and clergy of France, of Sept. 8, 1889, Pope Leo XIII recommended two books which all Seminarians should possess, and constantly read and study, namely, the Summa of St. Thomas and the Roman Catechism. Regarding the latter he said: “This work is remarkable at once for the richness and exactness of its doctrine, and for the elegance of its style; it is a precious summary of all theology, both dogmatic and moral. He who understands it well, will have always at his service those aids by which a priest is enabled to preach with fruit, to acquit himself worthily of the important ministry of the confessional and of the direction of souls, and will be in a position to refute the objections of unbelievers.”
Salmanticenses, the great Carmelite commentators on St. Thomas, paid the following high tribute to the Catechism: “The authority of this Catechism has always been of the greatest in the Church, because it was composed by the command of the Council of Trent, because its authors were men of highest learning, and because it was approved after the severest scrutiny by popes Pius V and Gregory XIII, and has been recommended in nearly all the Councils that have been held since the Council of Trent.”
Antonio Possevinus, an illustrious Jesuit, and the professor of St. Francis de Sales, said: “The Catechism of the Council of Trent was inspired by the Holy Ghost.”
In his immortal Apologia Cardinal Newman writes: “The Catechism of the Council of Trent was drawn up for the express purpose of providing preachers with subjects for their sermons; and, as my whole work has been a defence of myself, I may here say that I rarely preach a sermon but I go to this beautiful and complete Catechism to get both my matter and my doctrine.”
“Its merits,” says Dr. Donovan, who first translated the Catechism into English, “have been recognized by the universal Church. The first rank which has been awarded the ‘Imitation’ among spiritual books, has been unanimously given to the Roman Catechism as a compendium of Catholic theology. It was the result of the aggregate labors of the most distinguished of the Fathers of Trent, . . . and is therefore stamped with the impress of superior worth.”
Dr. John Hagan, Vice-Rector of the Irish College in Rome, says: “The Roman Catechism is a work of exceptional authority. At the very least it has the same authority as a dogmatic Encyclical, it is an authoritative exposition of Catholic doctrine given forth, and guaranteed to be orthodox by the Catholic Church and her supreme head on earth. The compilation of it was the work of various individuals; but the result of their combined labors was accepted by the Church as a precious abridgment of dogmatic and moral theology. Official documents have occasionally been issued by Popes to explain certain points of Catholic teaching to individuals, or to local Christian communities; whereas the Roman Catechism comprises practically the whole body of Christian doctrine, and is addressed to the whole Church. Its teaching is not infallible; but it holds a place between approved catechisms and what is de fide.”
31. Divine Grace: A Series of Instructions Arranged According to the Baltimore Catechism: An Aid to Teachers and Preachers. Edited by Rev. Edmund J. Wirth, Ph.D., D.D., Professor at St. Bernard's Seminary, Rochester, N.Y.
New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1903.
Nihil Obstat: Remigius Lafort, Censor Librorum.
Imprimatur: JNO. M. Farley, Archbishop of New York.
32. Familiar Explanation of Christian Doctrine, Adapted for the Family and More Advanced Students in Catholic Schools and Colleges, No. III.
New York: Catholic Publication Society, 1875.
Nihil Obstat: Joseph Helmpraecht, C.SS.R.
Imprimatur: J. Roosevelt Bayley, Archiep. Baltimorensis.
33. Instructions on the Doctrines, Duties, and Resources of the Catholic Religion. Translated from La Doctrine Chrétienne par Lhomond. 2nd American, from the 8th English Ed. by the Rev. James Appleton.
Philadelphia: Michael Kelly, 1841.
We approve of the republication of the “Instructions on the Doctrines, Duties, and Resources, of the Catholic Religion, translated from the French of Lhomond, by the Rev. James Appleton.” Given under our hand, at Philadelphia, this 3rd day of May, 1841.
Francis Patrick Kenrick, Bp. Arath and Coadj. of Bp. of Philadelphia.
34. Works of the Right Rev. Bishop Hay of Edinburgh in Five Volumes, Vol. V: The Pious Christian. A new edition edited under the supervision of the Right Rev. Bishop Strain.
Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons, 1871.
Catechism books that condemn Baptism of Desire: