CATHOLIC FAMILY CATECHISM: Disciples' Edition and Apostles' Edition
by Fr B.J.H. (James) Tierney
(Newman Centre Publications, 129pp, 145pp, 2004, $5.00 each. Available from AD Books.)
NSW-based priest, Father James Tierney, is familiar to most readers of AD2000 as a prolific writer of catechetical materials, specialising in family catechesis, since the 1960s.
At a time when religion teaching in Catholic schools was being stripped of much of its distinctively Catholic content, courtesy of fashionable educational theories (as still occurs in many Australian dioceses even today), Father Tierney has stuck to his guns, producing editions of sound, compact, reader-friendly catechisms.
Now in retirement, he continues to take a close interest in the state of Catholic education, and reprints of his writings continue to become available.
It is pleasing to report the present availability of two different editions of his famous Catholic Family Catechism, suitable for a wide range of ages, and based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Despite their slim dimensions, the catechisms cover all the key areas for Catholics needing to be informed about the Faith - Ten Commandments, Sacraments, the Mass, prayers, doctrines, etc.
Those familiar with Fr Tierney's outstanding work, will need no urging to chase up these important and helpful publications.