by Evann Duplantier
One of the curriculum choices I am most pleased with is my high school religion program. The Catholicism Series, co-authored by James J. Drummey, Msgr. Paul J. Hayes, and Fr. Edward Hayes, is an excellent four-volume Catechism program, ideal for homeschooled high school students. Written in a straight forward journalistic style, this series presents the fundamental structure and reasoning underlying our faith and reaffirms the convictions by which we, as Catholics, should live.
Catholicism and Reason – The Creed and Apologetics offers a systematic examination of the Creed that will prepare your student to be a knowledgeable and articulate defender of the faith.
Catholicism and Life – Commandments and Sacraments discusses the moral code handed down to us in the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount and touches on moral dilemmas facing individuals today.
Catholicism and Society – Marriage, Family, and Social Law offers insights and advice on the role of marriage and family in building a good and just society and how to combat the anti-family evils of contraception, abortion, and euthanasia.
Catholicism and Ethics – A Medical/Moral Handbook sets forth guidelines for arriving at sound ethical and moral decisions, including forming a correct conscience, and applies these guidelines to vital health-care issues such as artificial insemination, cloning, test-tube babies, and so on.
Each book is thoughtfully divided to provide a full-year course. The companion teacher’s manuals summarize the purpose of each chapter, and include tips, topics for discussion, questions and answers, and references for further study.
Constant reference is made to statements of Vatican II Council, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and recent papal statements, bringing to our modern youth the unchanging teachings of Christ and his Church. The series consistently displays fidelity to the Magisterium of the Church, and solid doctrine underlies every line.
For me, one appealing aspect of this series is its handling of “real world” topics like honesty, sexual ethics, and birth control. These touchy (and sometimes avoided) topics are handled with great respect and modesty. Exposure to this type of subject matter will prove invaluable to our homeschool highschoolers, who are so close to entering college and/or the “real” world. Catholic homeschoolers must never forget that most of the population is neither homeschooled nor Catholic. We owe our children this faith-filled preparation.
Catholicism Series is available from C.R. Publications, 345 Prospect St., Norwood MA 02062 or www.crpublications.com. Vol. 1-4 – $9.95 each, Teacher’s Manuals – $4.95 each, plus shipping.