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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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: The first point concerns the integrity of the content.

Accept therefore what I say to you from my heart. He set up the International Council for Catechesis in The work of and its resulting apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Nuntiandibecame the study material in preparation for the catechesis synod.

Catechesi Tradendae

tradeneae It was to form a predominant artistic motif in the sculptures of the great Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals of the Middle Ages. This is not the place for giving a rigorous formal definition of catechesis, which has been sufficiently explained in the General Catechetical Directory.

Paul and also to contemporary theology, “the mystery of Christ. It aroused the clergy to their duty of giving catechetical instruction.

For Those Interested in Becoming a Catholic. Catechesis will teach this to them, and it will itself be the first to benefit from it: The Fathers of the Cxtechesis It is useless to play off orthopraxis against orthodoxy: The attainments of the other sciences – biology, psychology, sociology – are providing it with valuable elements.

Therefore, where there is an experience of ecumenical collaboration in the field of catechesis, care must be taken that the education of Catholics in the Catholic Church should be well ensured in matters of doctrine and of Christian living. Underlying most of these prayers and practices, besides cqtechesis that should be discarded, there are other elements which, if they were properly tracendae, could serve very well to help people advance towards knowledge of the mystery of Christ and of His message: Many synod fathers rightly insisted that the rich heritage of the Church’s social teaching should, in appropriate forms, find a place in the general catechetical education of the faithful.


A few years ago, there was much talk of the secularized world, the post-Christian era. Among the many prestigious sciences of man that are nowadays making catechessi advances, pedagogy is certainly one of the most important. Peter Canisius, it involved the publication of catechisms that were real models for that period.

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May the Second Vatican Council stir up in our time a like enthusiasm and similar activity. Catechesis runs the risk of becoming barren if no community of faith and Christian life takes the catechumen in at a certain stage of his catechesis. Paul was in a pre-eminent way the herald of this preaching, from Antioch to Rome, caetchesis the last picture of him that we have in Acts is that of a person “teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ quite openly.

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. Purpose of This Exhortation 4.

10 Favorite Quotes from Catechesi Tradendae – TOM PERNA

In describing the mission that this Spirit would have in the Church, Christ used the significant words: This makes more evident the role given catecheis the laity in catechesis today, always under the pastoral direction of their Bishops, as the propositions left by the synod stressed several times.

The Apostolic Catechfsis Evangelii nuntiandi of December 8,on evangelization in the modern world, rightly stressed that evangelization – which has the aim of bringing the Good News to the whole of catechesiis, so that all may live by it – is a rich, complex and dynamic reality, made up of elements, or one could say moments, that are essential and different from each other, and that must all be kept in view simultaneously.


I wholeheartedly encourage those engaged in the work. If conceived in this way, catechesis goes beyond every form of formalistic moralism, although it will include true Christian moral teaching. The image of Christ the Teacher was stamped on the spirit of the Twelve and of the first disciples, and the command “Go Catechesis will have an ecumenical dimension if, while not ceasing to teach that the fullness of the revealed truths and of the means of salvation instituted by Christ is found in the Catholic Church, 84 it does so with sincere respect, in words and in deeds, for the ecclesial communities that are not in perfect communion with this Church.

Subscribe to get blog posts directly in your inbox Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new articles by email. Life went from the desert to the wedding banquet in a matter of days. 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.

In order that these works may correspond with their aim, several conditions are essential: You are beyond all others the ones primarily responsible for catechesis, the catechists par excellence.

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