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  • Catechism of the Catholic Church | Catholic Culture
    a certain number of elements of the Church s pastoral mission which have a catechetical aspect that prepare for catechesis or spring from it They are the initial proclamation of the Gospel or missionary preaching to arouse faith examination of the reasons for belief experience of Christian living celebration of the sacraments integration into the ecclesial community and apostolic and missionary witness 9 7 Catechesis is intimately bound up with the whole of the Church s life Not only her geographical extension and numerical increase but even more her inner growth and correspondence with God s plan depend essentially on catechesis 10 8 Periods of renewal in the Church are also intense moments of catechesis In the great era of the Fathers of the Church saintly bishops devoted an important part of their ministry to catechesis St Cyril of Jerusalem and St John Chrysostom St Ambrose and St Augustine and many other Fathers wrote catechetical works that remain models for us 11 9 The ministry of catechesis draws ever fresh energy from the councils The Council of Trent is a noteworthy example of this It gave catechesis priority in its constitutions and decrees It lies at the origin of the Roman Catechism which is also known by the name of that council and which is a work of the first rank as a summary of Christian teaching 12 The Council of Trent initiated a remarkable organization of the Church s catechesis Thanks to the work of holy bishops and theologians such as St Peter Canisius St Charles Borromeo St Turibius of Mongrovejo or St Robert Bellarmine it occasioned the publication of numerous catechisms 10 It is therefore no surprise that catechesis in the Church has again attracted attention in the wake of the Second Vatican Council which Pope Paul Vl

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  • Catechism of the Catholic Church | Catholic Culture
    Home Library Website Reviews What You Need to Know Catholic Dictionary Catechism Church Fathers Most Collection Free eBooks Action Alert SOLIDARITY MONTH 10 is as good as 1 000 Help set a new record for the number of gifts this month Goal 1 000 769 to go Catechism of the Catholic Church III THE AIM AND INTENDED READERSHIP OF THE CATECHISM 11 This catechism aims at presenting an organic synthesis of the essential and fundamental contents of Catholic doctrine as regards both faith and morals in the light of the Second Vatican Council and the whole of the Church s Tradition Its principal sources are the Sacred Scriptures the Fathers of the Church the liturgy and the Church s Magisterium It is intended to serve as a point of reference for the catechisms or compendia that are composed in the various countries 15 12 This work is intended primarily for those responsible for catechesis first of all the bishops as teachers of the faith and pastors of the Church It is offered to them as an instrument in fulfilling their responsibility of teaching the People of God Through the bishops it is addressed to redactors of catechisms to priests and

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  • Catechism of the Catholic Church | Catholic Culture
    of this catechism is inspired by the great tradition of catechisms which build catechesis on four pillars the baptismal profession of faith the Creed the sacraments of faith the life of faith the Commandments and the prayer of the believer the Lord s Prayer Part One The Profession of Faith 14 Those who belong to Christ through faith and Baptism must confess their baptismal faith before men 16 First therefore the Catechism expounds revelation by which God addresses and gives himself to man and the faith by which man responds to God Section One The profession of faith summarizes the gifts that God gives man as the Author of all that is good as Redeemer and as Sanctifier It develops these in the three chapters on our baptismal faith in the one God the almighty Father the Creator his Son Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour and the Holy Spirit the Sanctifier in the Holy Church Section Two Part Two The Sacraments of Faith 15 The second part of the Catechism explains how God s salvation accomplished once for all through Christ Jesus and the Holy Spirit is made present in the sacred actions of the Church s liturgy Section One especially in the seven sacraments Section Two Part Three The Life of Faith 16 The third part of the Catechism deals with the final end of man created in the image of God beatitude and the ways of reaching it through right conduct freely chosen with the help of God s law and grace Section One and through conduct that fulfils the twofold commandment of charity specified in God s Ten Commandments Section Two Part Four Prayer in the Life of Faith 17 The last part of the Catechism deals with the meaning and importance of prayer in the

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  • Catechism of the Catholic Church | Catholic Culture
    The Profession of Faith 14 Those who belong to Christ through faith and Baptism must confess their baptismal faith before men 16 First therefore the Catechism expounds revelation by which God addresses and gives himself to man and the faith by which man responds to God Section One The profession of faith summarizes the gifts that God gives man as the Author of all that is good as Redeemer and

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  • Catechism of the Catholic Church | Catholic Culture
    Reviews What You Need to Know Catholic Dictionary Catechism Church Fathers Most Collection Free eBooks Action Alert SOLIDARITY MONTH 10 is as good as 1 000 Help set a new record for the number of gifts this month Goal 1 000 769 to go Catechism of the Catholic Church Part Two The Sacraments of Faith 15 The second part of the Catechism explains how God s salvation accomplished once for

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  • Catechism of the Catholic Church | Catholic Culture
    Login Donate Resources Home Library Website Reviews What You Need to Know Catholic Dictionary Catechism Church Fathers Most Collection Free eBooks Catechism of the Catholic Church Part Three The Life of Faith 16 The third part of the Catechism deals with the final end of man created in the image of God beatitude and the ways of reaching it through right conduct freely chosen with the help of God s

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  • Catechism of the Catholic Church | Catholic Culture
    Library Website Reviews What You Need to Know Catholic Dictionary Catechism Church Fathers Most Collection Free eBooks Catechism of the Catholic Church Part Four Prayer in the Life of Faith 17 The last part of the Catechism deals with the meaning and importance of prayer in the life of believers Section One It concludes with a brief commentary on the seven petitions of the Lord s Prayer Section Two for

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  • Catechism of the Catholic Church | Catholic Culture
    set a new record for the number of gifts this month Goal 1 000 769 to go Catechism of the Catholic Church V PRACTICAL DIRECTIONS FOR USING THIS CATECHISM 18 This catechism is conceived as an organic presentation of the Catholic faith in its entirety It should be seen therefore as a unified whole Numerous cross references in the margin of the text numbers found at the end of a sentence referring to other paragraphs that deal with the same theme as well as the analytical index at the end of the volume allow the reader to view each theme in its relationship with the entirety of the faith 19 The texts of Sacred Scripture are often not quoted word for word but are merely indicated by a reference cf For a deeper understanding of such passages the reader should refer to the Scriptural texts themselves Such Biblical references are a valuable working tool in catechesis 20 The use of small print in certain passages indicates observations of an historical or apologetic nature or supplementary doctrinal explanations 21 The quotations also in small print from patristic liturgical magisterial or hagiographical sources are intended to enrich the doctrinal presentations These texts

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