THE CONVERT'S CATECHISMOFCATHOLIC DOCTRINE

by
REV. PETER GEIERMANN, C.SS.R.

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Q. Do transgressions against the Second Commandment constitute a light or a grievous matter?
A. Blasphemy, cursing and perjury constitute a grievous matter. Taking God's name in vain and profane words are ordinarily a light matter.

3. The Third Commandment.

Q. What is the Third Commandment?
A. The Third Commandment is: Remember
that thou keep holy the Sabbath day.

Q. Which is the Sabbath day?
A. Saturday is the Sabbath day.

Q. Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
A. We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.

Q. Why did the Catholic Church substitute Sunday for Saturday?
A. The Church substituted Sunday for Saturday, because Christ rose from, the dead on a Sunday, and the Holy Ghost descended upon the Apostles on a Sunday.

Q. By what authority did the Church substitute Sunday for Saturday?
A. The Church substituted Sunday for Saturday by the plenitude of that divine power which Jesus Christ bestowed upon her.

Q. What does the Third Commandment command?
A. The Third Commandment commands us to sanctify Sunday as the Lord's Day.

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Q. What does the Third Commandment forbid ?
A, The Third Commandment forbids (1) The omission of prayer and divine worship; (2) All unnecessary servile work; (3) "Whatever hinders the keeping of the Lord's Day holy.

Q. Is the desecration of the Lord's Day a grievous matter?
A. The desecration of the Lord's Day is a grievous matter in itself, though it admits of light matter.

4. The Fourth Commandment.

Q. What is the Fourth Commandment?
A. The Fourth Commandment is: Honor thy father and thy mother.

Q. What does the Fourth Commandment command?
A. The Fourth Commandment commands, (1) Children to love, honor, and obey their Parents; (2) Parents to provide for the temporal welfare of their children and give them a Religious Education; (3) It defines the duties of Subjects and Superiors.

Q. What reward did God promise to obedient children?
A, God has promised a long and happy life to obedient children.

Q. What does the Fourth Commandment forbid ?
A, The Fourth Commandment forbids, (1) All disobedience, ill-will, and contempt of parents, and other lawful superiors; (2) All neglect of duty in parents and other superiors.