Opening Catholic Doctrine Step 3

Here are guidelines for the research project on Catholic reference sources.

You must do a report on three of the following resources.
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • Code of Canon Law
  • Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
  • Concordance (for example, Strong’s; be sure to visit http://www.biblestudytools.com/nas/genesis/1.html)
  • Encyclicals
  • General Instruction for the Roman Missal
  • The Lectionary (be sure to visit http://www.usccb.org/nab/index.shtml)
  • The Rites
  • The Sacramentary
  • http://www.newadvent.org/ 
Requirements for each report:
  • It must last no less than 4 minutes. A person can read 856 typed words in about 4 minutes.
  • The report must be either hand-written on looseleaf paper, one-sided OR typed in Times New Roman, 12-point font with one-inch margins.
  • The report must be accompanied by a photocopy or print-out of a sample text / chapter / page / entry from the resource.
  • You do not need to read from this report in giving your presentation. You may merely explain it.

The report must explain the following:
  • What the resource is.
  • What kind of information it gives, i.e. when to consult it, when NOT to consult it.
  • Its history—has it changed over the centuries, is it a new kind of resource, who puts it together or oversees it, what language is it originally?
  • Its authority, i.e. how much do Catholics have to believe the information presented there? Is its content something to think about or necessary to believe in? Can it be changed?
  • How the resource is organized. Explain if it has table of contents, index, etc.
  • How to use the resource. You must be prepared to take students through an example and explain how a person would look something up.

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