Thus it is no surprise that every stirring in the field of theology also has repercussions in that of catechesis. In this period immediately after the Council, the. Magisterial Documents: Catechesi Tradendae. Apostolic Exhortation on Catechesis in Our Time Pope John Paul II 16 October The full document is . Perhaps no other papal document more eloquently articulates the importance of catechesis in our time — and how to undertake it — than Catechesi Tradendae.

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Thanks to the work of holy theologians such as St. Accordingly, I give encouragement to the priests, religious and lay people who are devoting themselves to sustaining these pupils’ faith. In any case, such schoolbooks can obviously not be considered catechetical works: Shared But Differentiated Responsibility In the Creed of the People of God, proclaimed at the close of the l9th centenary of the martyrdom of the Apostles Peter and Paul, my predecessor Paul VI decided to bring together the essential elements of the Catholic Faith, especially those that presented greater difficulty or risked being ignored.

The portrayal of Christ as Teacher goes back as far as the Roman Catacombs. Mark’s the catechumen’s Gospel. The two synods, andare twins in the ministry of the Word. In the early Church, the catechumenate and preparation for the sacraments of Baptism and the Eucharist were the same thing.

In this he finds reasons for pastoral concern but principally a source of joy and hope. Accordingly, the definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch but in communion, in intimacy, with Jesus Christ: But there is good reason for recalling here that catechesis cannot admit any language that would result in altering the substance of the content of the Creed, under any pretext whatever, even a pretended scientific one.

Much attention must be given to the homily: Catechesis is therefore for adults of every age, including the elderly-persons who deserve particular attention in view of their experience and their problems – no less than for children, adolescents and the young.


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I am not forgetting the interest of the many different occasions for catechesis connected with personal, family, social and ecclesial life – these occasions must be utilized and I shall return to them in Chapter VI – but I am stressing the need for organic and systematic Christian instruction, because of the tendency in various quarters to minimize its importance.

It is a document of life. They must refuse to trouble the minds of the children and young people, at this fatechesi of their catechesis, with outlandish theories, useless questions and unproductive discussions, things that St.

That is why we can apply to catechists an expression used by the Second Vatican Council with special reference to priests: This image of Christ the Teacher is at once majestic and familiar, impressive and reassuring. Notify me of new comments via email. Catechesis will teach this to them, and it will itself be the first to benefit from it: The first question of a general kind that catecbesi itself here concerns the danger and the temptation to mix catechetical teaching unduly with overt or masked ideological views, especially political and social ones, or with personal political options.

Yradendae being said and taking into account the necessary diversity of places for catechesis the parish as such, families taking in children and adolescents, chaplaincies for State schools, Catholic educational establishments, apostolic movements that give periods of catechesis, clubs open to youth in general, spiritual formation weekends, etc. Making herself day after day a disciple of the Lord, she earned the title of “Mother and Teacher. And He gave them the Spirit to fulfill this mission.

It is on the basis of revelation that catechesis will try to set its course, revelation as transmitted by the universal magisterium of the Church, in its solemn or ordinary form. In certain countries, especially those of the Third World, more than half of the population is under 25 or 30 years of age.

However, we must not fall into the trdendae extreme, as too often happens. The most recent Popes gave catechesis a place of eminence in their pastoral solicitude. Catechesis thus prepares for the important Christian commitments of adult life. The final methodological question the importance of which should at least be referred to-one that was debated several times in the synod-is that of memorization. Catechesis will always draw its content from the living source of the Word of God transmitted in Tradition and the Scriptures, for “sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture make up a single sacred deposit of the Word of God, which is entrusted to the Church,” as was recalled by the Second Vatican Council, which desired that “the ministry of the word tradsndae pastoral preaching, catechetics and all forms of Christian instruction.


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AAS 22pp. For the child there comes soon, at school and in Church, in institutions connected with the parish or with the spiritual care of the Catholic or state school not only an introduction into a wider social circle, but also the moment for a catechesis aimed at inserting him or her organically into the life of the Church, a moment that includes an immediate preparation for the celebration of the sacraments.

And He gave them the Spirit to fulfill this mission. Augustine in this regard, “in accordance with each one’s spiritual capacity.

AAS 69p. I shall always ask civil leaders to respect the freedom of catechetical teaching; but with all my strength I beg you, ministers of Jesus Christ: But this teaching also has ecumenical importance when it presents Christian doctrine fairly and honestly.

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AAS 58 l p. You are beyond all others the ones primarily responsible for catechesis, the catechists par excellence.

The question also interests the public both within and outside the Church.