In Sacred Scripture, the Church constantly finds her nourishment and her strength, for she welcomes it not as a human word, "but as what it really is, the word of God". "In the sacred books, the Father who is in heaven comes lovingly to meet his children, and talks with them."Catechism of the Catholic Church (104)
The most important book of the Church is the Sacred Scripture.
Throughout the long history of our church, the book of the Scriptures has been the honored symbol of God's living word present in our midst. At the Council of Ephesus in the fifth century, the Scriptures were enthroned in the midst of the bishops as they prayed for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This tradition continued through the Second Vatican Council where the Scriptures were enthroned as a sign of Christ's presence during the deliberations in St. Peter's Basilica. We can continue this ancient tradition of Bible enthronement in our own homes. Just as we set the sacred Scriptures in a place of honor in our churches, we can place the Holy Bible in an honorable location in our homes. The Bible enthroned in Catholic homes is a continual reminder that God's word speaks to us in the joys and struggles of everyday life.
To discover more about enthroning the Bible in your home, please see this paper and prayer service from Stephen J. Binz.
The second most important book is the Catechism. In the Catechism you find the reliable knowledge about the faith of the Catholic Church, accumulated during more than 2000 years – in precise formulations approved by the Holy Church herself.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church is available online at the Vatican website by clicking here and the printed book is available in our parish library.
It was promulgated in 1992, was written at the request of Pope John Paul II and a world Synod of Bishops. Significant contributions to this work have been made by the then Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, and later Cardinal of Vienna, Christoph Schönborn.
In February 2019, Gerhard Cardinal Müller, a German cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church who served as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012 until 2017, released a public testimony in an effort to carefully, clearly and succinctly express the truths of the Catholic faith. Its intent was to reach out to Christians and help guide believers along the path to salvation.
The text of Cardinal Müller's Manifesto of Faith can be read here (link to external site), including references to the Catechism.
A short film has been made to present Cardinal Muller’s Manifesto visually. You can watch the movie below.