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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In the beginnings of Christian catechesis, which coincided with a civilization that was mainly oral, recourse was had very freely to memorization.

catechwsis May the Virgin of Pentecost obtain this for us through her intercession. Above all, he will not try to inculcate his personal opinions and options as if they expressed Christ’s teaching and the lessons of His life. Evangelization is the beginning stage, the first encounter and decision to embrace the faith; catechesis is the deepening, the instruction in the doctrine once the faith-decision has been made.

Catechesi Tradendae

The primary and essential object of catechesis is, to use an expression dear to St. The great movement, one certainly inspired by the Spirit of Jesus, that has for some years been causing the Catholic 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.

In this context, it seems important to me that the connection between catechesis and theology should be well understood. In the unfortunately decreasing number of countries in which it is possible to give education in the faith within the school framework, the Church has the duty to do so as well as possible. Christifideles Laici No reviews yet.

To invoke this Spirit constantly, to be in communion with Him, to endeavor to know His authentic inspirations must be the attitude of the teaching Church and of every catechist. That is why the ecclesial community at all levels has a twofold responsibility with regard to catechesis: The Second Vatican Council has already explicitly reminded you of your task in the catechetical area, and the fathers of the fourth general assembly of the synod have also strongly underlined it.

Familiaris Consortio Christian Family. May the Virgin of Pentecost obtain this for us through her intercession. During the synod, a certain number of Bishops drew attention to what they referred to as the increasingly frequent cases in which the civil authority or other circumstances impose on the schools in some countries a common instruction in the Christian religion, with common textbooks, class periods, etc.


For example, it is certain that many vocations to the priesthood and religious life have their origin during a well-imparted catechesis in infancy and adolescence. In any case, catechesis always has reference to the sacraments. For his part, the Pope has a lively awareness of the primary responsibility that rests on him in this field: A problem very close to the preceding one is that of language. Catechesis will teach this to them, and it will itself be the first to benefit from it.

In theology, this view of things will state very categorically that faith is not certainty but questioning, not clarity but a leap in the dark. In our pastoral care we ask ourselves: As I said recently to the members of the Biblical Commission: Catechesis cannot be dissociated from the Church’s pastoral and missionary activity as a whole.

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AAS 69p. An exceptionally important expression of the living heritage placed in the custody of the pastors is found in the Creed or, to put traddendae more concretely, in the Creeds that at crucial moments have summed up the Church’s faith in felicitous syntheses.

Many synod fathers rightly insisted that the rich heritage of the Church’s social teaching should, in appropriate catehesis, find a place in the general catechetical education of the faithful. 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 She is bidden to offer catechesis her best resources in people and energy, without sparing effort, toil or material means, in order to organize it better and to train qualified personnel.

Care will then be taken that every effort is made to ensure that the presentation is truly objective and free from the distorting influence of ideological and political systems or of prejudices with claims to be scientific.

The fourth general assembly of the synod of Bishops often stressed the Christocentricity of all authentic catechesis. Nevertheless, the specific aim of catechesis is to develop, with God’s help, an as yet initial faith, and to advance in fullness and to nourish day by day the Christian life of the faithful, young and old.

Admittedly, in many countries the parish has been as it were shaken by the phenomenon of urbanization. Whatever one may think, the parish is still a major point of reference for the Christian people, even for the non-practicing.


All believers have a right to catechesis; all pastors have the duty to provide it. Robert Bellarmine and St. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here The irreducible originality of Christian identity has for corollary and condition no less original a pedagogy of the faith.

The Letter to the Hebrews says that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. This remark is even more valid for the catechesis given in the setting of the liturgy, especially at the Eucharistic assembly. Ecumenical Collaboration in the Field of Catechesis It is also one of the aims of catechesis to give young catechumens the simple but solid certainties that will help them to seek to know the Lord more and better.

Deceitful or beguiling language is no better. I rejoice at the efforts made by the Sacred Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples to improve more and more the training of these catechists.

tradenxae Another question of method concerns the utilization in catechetical instruction of valid elements in popular piety. In order that the sacrificial offering of his or her faith 75 should be perfect, the person who becomes a disciple catschesis Christ has the right to receive “the word of faith” 76 not in mutilated, falsified or diminished form but whole and entire, in all its rigor and vigor.

Above all, the mysteries of the passion and death of Jesus, through which, according to St.

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Consult also on this point the Directorium Catechisticum Generale, loc. The first question of a general kind that presents 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.

When that power enters into a culture, it is no surprise that it rectifies many of its elements. But it should also lead you to take on in your diocese, in accordance with the plans of the episcopal conference to which you belong, the chief management of catechesis, while at the same time surrounding yourselves with competent and trustworthy assistants.