Perhaps no other papal document more eloquently articulates the importance of catechesis in our time and how to undertake it than Catechesi Tradendae. Pastoral Liturgy Catechesi Tradendae, “On Catechesis in Our Time”, October 16, Catechesi Tradendae is Pope John Paul II’s 1st. Magisterial Documents: Catechesi Tradendae. Apostolic Exhortation on Catechesis in Our Time Pope John Paul II 16 October The full document is .

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It was the age of Cyril of Jerusalem and John Chrysostom, of Ambrose and Augustine, the age that saw the flowering, from the pen of numerous Fathers of the Church, of works that are still models for us. Although the young may enjoy the support of the members of their family and their friends, they have to rely on themselves and their own conscience and must ever more frequently and decisively assume responsibility for their destiny.

On the one hand the Gospel traendae cannot be purely and simply isolated from the culture in which it was first inserted the biblical world or, more concretely, the cultural milieu in which Jesus of Nazareth livednor, without serious loss, from the cultures in which it has already been expressed down the centuries; it does not spring spontaneously tdadendae any cultural soil; it has always been transmitted by means of an apostolic dialogue which inevitably becomes part of a certain dialogue of cultures.

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Catechesis will teach this to them, and it will itself be the first to benefit from it. Hence the importance in catechesis of personal moral commitments in keeping with the Gospel and of Christian attitudes, whether heroic or very simple, to life and the world – what we call the Christian or evangelical virtues. And he sets their hearts aflame with greater desire according as each one progresses in the charity that makes him love what he already knows and desire what he has yet to know.

To speak of Tradition and Scripture as the source of catechesis is to draw attention to the fact that catechesis must be impregnated and penetrated by the thought, the spirit and the outlook of the Bible and the Gospels through assiduous contact with the texts themselves; but it is also a reminder that catechesis will be all the richer and more effective for reading the texts with the intelligence and the heart of the Church and for drawing inspiration from the 2, years of the Church’s reflection and life.

Augustine said of her, venturing to add that her discipleship was more important for her than her motherhood.

At the end of that synod the fathers presented the Pope with a very rich documentation, consisting of the various interventions during the assembly, the conclusions of the working groups, the message that they had with his consent sent to the People of God, 7 and especially the imposing list of “propositions’ in which they expressed their views on a very large number of aspects of present-day catechesis.

In the first place, it is intended to stress that at the heart of catechesis we find, in essence, a Person, the Person of Jesus of Nazareth, “the only Son from the Father This catechesis is didactic in character, but is directed towards the giving of witness in the faith. The faith of these adults too should continually be enlightened, stimulated and renewed, so that it may pervade the temporal realities in their charge.


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The great movement, one certainly inspired by the Spirit of Jesus, that has for some years been causing the Rradendae Church to seek with other Christian Churches or confessions the restoration of the perfect unity willed by the Lord, brings me to the question of the ecumenical character of catechesis. AAS 58 lpp. Religious Items from HolyArt.

The master of evangelization and catechesis, the soon-to-be, Saint Pope John Paul II eloquently and passionately defines, explains, and professes the importance of catechesis in our time.

These include Catholic action groups, charitable groups, prayer groups and Christian meditation groups.

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It is obvious that a catechesis which denounces selfishness in the name of generosity, and which without any illusory over-simplification presents the Christian meaning of work, of the common good, of justice and charity, catechfsis catechesis on international peace and on the advancement of human dignity, on development, and on liberation, as these are presented in recent documents of the Church, 88 fittingly completes in the minds of the young the good catechesis on strictly religious realities which is never to be tracendae.

These considerations follow in the wake of the great traditions of the Church and they all strengthen our fervor with regard to Christ, the Teacher who reveals God to man and man to himself, the Teacher who saves, sanctifies and guides, who lives, who speaks, rouses, moves, redresses, judges, forgives, and goes with us day by day on the path of tracendae, the Teacher who comes and will come in glory.

The starting point, evangelization, is ideally followed by, as the message states, “continued growth and maturation in faith. Admittedly, in many countries the parish has been as it were shaken by the phenomenon of urbanization. AAS 64p. This revelation tells of a creating and redeeming God, Whose Son has come among us in our flesh and enters not only into each individual’s personal history but into human history itself, becoming its center.

But this is not all. Changed by the working of grace into a new tradenfae, the Christian thus sets himself to cattechesis Christ and learns more and more within the Church to think like Him, to judge like Him, to act in conformity with His commandments, and to hope as He invites us to. At a time when, in non-religious teaching in certain countries, more and more complaints are trwdendae made about the unfortunate consequences of disregarding the human faculty of memory, should we not attempt to put this faculty back into use in an intelligent and even an original way in catechesis, all the more since the celebration or “memorial” of the great events of the history of salvation require a precise knowledge of them?

In any case, the method chosen must ultimately be referred to a law that is fundamental for the whole of the Church’s life: Finally, catechesis will have an ecumenical dimension if it tries to prepare Catholic children and young people, as well as adults, for living in contact with non-Catholics, affirming their Catholic identity while respecting the faith of others.

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 and traditional theology for use by priests.


Let it not be said that “the children beg for food, but no one gives to them.

This is moreover an occasion for me catechseis reaffirm my firm conviction that to show respect for the Catholic faith of the young to the extent of facilitating its education, its implantation, its consolidation, its free profession and practice catedhesis certainly be to the honor of any government, whatever be the system on which it is based or the ideology from which it draws its inspiration.

It is concerned with the ultimate meaning of life and it illumines the whole of life with the light of the Gospel, to inspire it or to question it.

Pius X explicitly listed oppressing the poor and depriving workers of their just wages among the sins that cry to God for vengeance. What kind of catechesis would it be catcehesis failed to give their full place to man’s creation and sin; to God’s plan of redemption and its long, loving preparation and realization; to the incarnation of the Son of God; to Mary, the Immaculate One, the Mother of God, ever Catechesus, raised body and soul to the glory of heaven, and to her role in the mystery of salvation; to the mystery of lawlessness at work in our lives 79 and the power of God freeing us from it; to the ctechesis for penance and asceticism; to the sacramental and liturgical actions; to the reality of the Eucharistic Presence; to participation in divine life here and hereafter, and so on?

But the word of the Lord completed its course down the centuries; it sped on and triumphed, to use the words of the Apostle Paul. We are all aware that this method fatechesis present certain disadvantages, not the least of which is that it lends itself to insufficient or at times almost non-existent assimilation, reducing all knowledge to formulas that are repeated without being properly understood.

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Catechesis cannot ignore these changeable aspects of this delicate period of life. Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity Apostolicam Actuositatem, Trademdae, wrote so profoundly: The Fathers of the Church Integrity of Content The achievements in these spheres are such as to encourage the greatest hope.

A Reflection on the Shoah Dominus Iesus. AAS 58pp. In the third chapter of his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii nuntiandithe same Pope recalled “the essential content, the living substance” of evangelization.

The requisite discernment could then be brought to bear on a reality that is very much alive and it could benefit from great openness among the People of God to the grace of the Lord and the directives of the magisterium. Post was not sent – check your email addresses!

Let it not be said that such education will always be given implicitly and indirectly. Peter Canisius, it involved the publication of catechisms that were real models for that period.

Catechesis will teach this to them, and it will itself be the first tradendaee benefit from it: