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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Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here In order that these works may correspond tradenae their aim, several conditions are essential:. 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.

In view of practical difficulties, attention must be drawn to some of the characteristics of this instruction:.

AAS 58 l p. If catechesis is done well, Christians will be eager to bear witness to their faith, to hand it on to their children, to make it known to others, and to serve the human community in every way.

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In situations of religious plurality, the Bishops can consider it opportune or even necessary to have certain experiences of collaboration in the field of catechesis between Catholics and other Christians, complementing the normal catechesis that must in any case be given to Catholics.

The work of and its resulting apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Nuntiandibecame the study material in preparation for the catechesis synod. 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.


What is, according to this great evangelizer, this role model for catechists everywhere, the primary goal of catechesis? From infancy until the threshold of maturity, catechesis is thus a permanent school of the faith and follows the major stages of life, like a beacon lighting the path of the child, the adolescent and the young person.

But those who study are 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.

The most valuable gift that the Church can offer to the bewildered and restless world of our time is to form within it Christians who are confirmed in what is essential and who are humbly joyful in their faith. State schools sometimes provide their pupils with books that for cultural reasons history, morals or literature present the various religions, including the Catholic religion.

The science of education and the art of teaching are continually being subjected to review, with a view to making them better adapted or more effective, with varying degrees of success. Now a second question. In short, without monopolizing or enforcing uniformity, the parish remains, as I have said, the pre-eminent place for catechesis.

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This broad meaning of catechesis in no way contradicts but rather includes and goes beyond a narrow meaning which was once commonly given to catechesis in didactic expositions, namely, the simple teaching of the formulas that express faith. Then there are the traditional missions, often too hastily dropped but irreplaceable for the periodic and vigorous renewal of Christian life – they should be revived and brought up to date.

Paul did this when he was dealing with a question of prime importance: Thus it is no surprise that catechezi stirring in the field of theology also has repercussions in that of catechesis. AAS 60 lpp. I join with it in encouraging you to continue your collaboration for the life of the Church.

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It is frequently used in the mosaics of Romano-Byzantine art of the third and fourth centuries. This of course concerns first and foremost the Catholic school: The plurality of methods in contemporary catechesis can be a sign of vitality and ingenuity. This is the principal form of catechesis, because it is addressed to persons who have the greatest responsibilities and the capacity to live the Christian message in its fully developed form.

May the Virgin of Pentecost obtain this for us through tradendea intercession. They are convinced that true catechesis eventually enriches these cultures by helping them to go beyond the defective or even inhuman features in them, and by communicating to their legitimate values the fullness of Christ. The Teadendae Embodied in Cultures Integrity of Content Deceitful or beguiling language is no better. Catechesis cannot be dissociated from the Church’s pastoral and missionary activity as a whole.

But the Church’s members have different responsibilities, derived from each one’s mission.

These currents of thought certainly have the advantage of reminding us that faith concerns things not yet xatechesi 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. A thousand duties call you: Above all, the mysteries of the passion and death of Jesus, through which, according to St.