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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Authentic catechesis, according to the Synod fathers and stressed in the document, is fundamentally Christocentric. This catechesis is more incisive when, rradendae the course of family events such as the reception of the sacraments, the celebration of great liturgical feasts, the birth of a child, a bereavement care is taken to explain in the home the Christian or religious content of these events.

As the 20th century draws to a close, the Church is bidden by God and by events – each of them a call from Him – to renew her trust in catechetical activity as a prime aspect of her mission. On the other hand, one can likewise speak of a right: Thanks to the work of holy theologians such as St. Catechesis then takes on considerable importance, since cayechesi is the time when the Gospel can be presented, understood and accepted as capable of giving meaning to life and thus of inspiring attitudes that would have no other explanation, such as self-sacrifice, detachment, forbearance, justice, commitment, reconciliation, a sense of the Absolute and the unseen.

I think immediately of the great possibilities offered by the means of social communication and the means of group communication: It is a work of prime importance.

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In order that the sacrificial offering of his or her faith 75 should be perfect, the person who becomes a disciple of 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. They will fulfill this task all the better if they are humble pupils of the Church, the great giver as well as the great receiver of catechesis.

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. In this context, it seems important to me that the connection between catechesis and theology should be well understood.

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It consists in surrendering to the word of God and relying on it, but it also means, at a later stage, endeavoring to know better – and better the profound meaning of this word. You can be sure that if catechesis is done well in your local Churches, everything else will be easier to do. It comes from the pen of the evangelists and it has often been evoked subsequently in iconography since earliest Christian times, 27 so captivating is it. In our pastoral care we ask ourselves: Whatever be the level of his responsibility in the Church, every catechist must constantly endeavor to transmit by his teaching and behavior the teaching and life of Jesus.


And needless to say, although your zeal must sometimes impose upon you the thankless task of denouncing deviations and correcting errors, it will much more often win for you the joy and consolation of seeing your Churches flourishing because catechesis is given in them as the Lord wishes. It is directed to those who, although they were born in a Christian country or in sociologically Christian surroundings, have never been educated in their faith and, as adult are really catechumens.

These currents of thought certainly have the advantage of reminding us that faith concerns things not yet in our possession, since they are hoped for; that as yet we see only “in a mirror dimly” ; and that God dwells always in inaccessible light. Yet other instances are the meetings of ecclesial basic communities, in so far as they correspond to the criteria laid down in the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii nuntiandi.

On another level, parents have a unique responsibility.

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He will not seek to keep caechesi towards himself and his personal opinions and attitudes the attention and the consent of the mind and heart of the person he is catechizing. To forget this would simply amount to what St. From bishops who have the primary responsibility to parish communities who are the prime movers and pre-eminent places for catechesis to families the church of the homewe all have a shared duty in this task of catechesis.

Changed by the working of grace into a new creature, the Christian thus sets himself to follow Christ cafechesi 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.

On the one hand, the catechesis that prepares for the sacraments is an eminent kind, and every form of catechesis necessarily leads to the sacraments of faith.

It is a different matter to take, with wise discernment, certain elements, religious or otherwise, that form part of the cultural heritage of a human group and use them to help its members to understand better the whole of the Christian mystery. Priority of This Task Catechists for their part must have the wisdom to pick from the field of theological research those points that can provide light for their own reflection and their teaching, drawing, like the theologians, from the true sources, in the light of the magisterium.


But I am also thinking of non-confessional and public schools. Thus will she effectively carry out, at this moment of grace, her inalienable and universal mission, the mission given her by her Teacher: Encouragement must also be given to the individuals or institutions that, through person-to-person contacts, through meetings, and through all kinds of pedagogical means, help parents to perform their task: Catechesi Tradendae [1]Catechesis in Our Time, is a post- synodal apostolic exhortation of Pope John Paul IIpublished October 16,on the topic of catechesis in the contemporary period.

I am therefore taking up the inheritance of these two Popes in response to the request which was expressly formulated by the Bishops at the end of the fourth general assembly of the synod and which was welcomed by Pope Paul VI in his closing speech.

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. And an attitude of faith always has reference to the faithfulness of God, who never fails to respond.

AAS 57p. Paul to his companions in the Gospel, Titus and Timothy, or like St. But those who study trxdendae bound to bear the stamp of their studies, to be introduced to cultural or moral values within the atmosphere of the establishment in which they are taught, and to be faced with many ideas met with in school. May the Virgin of Pentecost obtain this for us through her intercession.

For example, it is certain that many vocations to the priesthood and religious tradendea have their origin during a well-imparted catechesis in infancy and adolescence. In cases where circumstances impose it, it is important that in addition a specifically Catholic catechesis should be ensured with all the greater care.

The fact that these truths about the main questions of faith and Christian living are thus repeated within a family setting impregnated with love and respect will often make it possible to influence the children in a decisive way for life. 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 any case, the method chosen must ultimately be referred to a law that is fundamental for the whole of the Church’s life: Therefore, catechesis must have a role in opening the hearts of those present to the workings of grace.

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.