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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I join with it in encouraging you to continue your collaboration for the life of the Church. Here also the material aid provided by the richer Churches to their poor sisters can show the greatest effectiveness, for what better assistance can one Church give to another than to help it to grow as a Church with its own strength? For this purpose, catechesis will seek to know these cultures and their essential components; it will learn their most significant expressions; it will respect their particular values and riches.

I now wish to speak of the actual setting in which all these catechists normally work. The two synods, andare twins in the ministry of the Word. Much attention must be given to the homily: It is also directed to those who in childhood received a catechesis suited to their age but who later drifted away from all religious practice and as adults find themselves with religious knowledge of a rather childish kind.

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The service they are doing to catechesis is beyond price. It is the time of discovering oneself and one’s own inner world, the time of generous plans, the time when the feeling of love awakens, with the biological impulses of sexuality, the time of the desire to be together, the cstechesi of a particularly intense joy connected with the exhilarating discovery of life. In order that these works may correspond with their aim, several conditions are essential:.

She was the first in time, because even when she found her adolescent Son in the temple she received from Him lessons that she kept in her heart. Christian parents must strive to follow and repeat, within the setting of family life, the more methodical teaching received elsewhere.

Furthermore, catechesis does not consist merely in the teaching of doctrine: The method and language used must truly be means for communicating the whole and not just a part of “the words of eternal life” 80 and the “ways of 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.

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Please keep me on the list to receive future posts! At a time when it is desired that the links between religious and pastors should be accentuated and consequently the active presence catrchesi religious communities ttradendae their members in the pastoral projects of the local Churches, I wholeheartedly exhort you, whose religious consecration should make you even more readily available for the Church’s service, to prepare as well as possible for the task of catechesis according to the differing vocations of your institutes and the missions entrusted to you, and to carry this concern everywhere.


There is also a pedagogy of faith, and the good that it can do for catechesis cannot be overstated.

I gratefully recall the memory of those whom the Lord has tradejdae called to Himself. It is even more important that there should be no break between them. In this period immediately after the Council, the Church is living through an important but hazardous time of theological research.

Synod fathers from all continents dealt with this question in very frank terms: Catechesis will always draw trasendae content from the living source of the Word of God transmitted in Tradendqe 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 – pastoral preaching, catechetics and all forms of Christian instruction.

In this way the cafechesi has been valuable for the whole Church by seeking to trace with the greatest possible precision tradenvae complex characteristics of present-day youth; by showing that these young persons speak a language into which the message of Jesus must be translated with patience and wisdom and without betrayal; by demonstrating that, in spite of appearances, these young people have within them, even though often in a confused way, not just a readiness or openness, but rather a real desire to know “Jesus AAS 71p.

The Spirit is cayechesi promised to the Church and to each Christian as a teacher within, who, in the secret of the conscience and the heart, makes one understand what one has heard but was not capable of grasping: Far from blunting or exhausting them, the fact of knowing them better should make them even more challenging and decisive for one’s life.

Together with the Pope, in the spirit of episcopal collegiality, you too have charge of catechesis throughout the Church.

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Accordingly, I give encouragement to the priests, religious and lay people who are devoting themselves to sustaining these pupils’ faith. In essence, the exhortation takes up again the reflections that were prepared by Pope Paul VI, making abundant use of the documents left by the synod.

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. Mary, Mother and Model of the Disciple The blossoms, if we may call them that, of faith and piety do not grow in the desert places of a memory – less catechesis. I am returning this time, taking a more overall view, to the “places” for catechesis, some of which have already been mentioned in chapter VI: For his part, the Pope has a lively awareness of the primary responsibility that rests on him in this field: 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.

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Renewal is sometimes unequal in value; the synod fathers realistically recognized, not only an undeniable advance in the vitality of catechetical activity and promising initiatives, but also the limitations or even “deficiencies” in what has been achieved to date. L’Osservatore Romano, October 30,p. It must be systematic, not improvised but programmed to reach a precise goal; It must deal with essentials, without any claim to tackle all disputed questions or to transform itself into theological research or scientific exegesis; It must nevertheless be sufficiently complete, not stopping short at the initial proclamation of the Christian mystery such as we have in the kerygma ; It must be an integral Christian initiation, open to all the other factors of Christian life.

Thus through catechesis the Gospel kerygma the initial ardent proclamation by which a person is one day overwhelmed and brought to the decision to entrust himself to Jesus Christ by faith is gradually deepened, developed in its implicit consequences, explained in language that includes an appeal to reason, and channelled towards Christian practice in the Church and the world. AAS 22pp. The ministry of catechesis draws ever fresh energy from the councils.

In short, without monopolizing or enforcing uniformity, the parish remains, as I have said, the pre-eminent place for catechesis. By a unique vocation, she saw her Son Jesus “increase in wisdom and in stature, and in favor.

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Dearly beloved brothers, you have here a special mission within your Churches: She was the first in time, because even when she found her adolescent Son in the temple she received from Him lessons that she kept in her heart.

In order that these works may correspond with their aim, several conditions are essential: In fact, it is natural that techniques perfected and tested for education in general should be adapted for the service of education in the faith. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here General Directory for Catechesis.

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.

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