Christifideles laici is a post-synodal apostolic exhortation of Pope John Paul II, signed in Rome work in catechesis with parents being the primary catechists of their children. Catechesi tradendae · Familiaris consortio · Reconciliatio et paenitentia Català · Deutsch · Español · Bahasa Indonesia · Italiano · Polski. put the human soul not only in touch, but in communion with Jesus Christ. (~ Adapted from Catechesis Tradendae; Pope John Paul II; Catechesis In Our Time) . •The importance of the laity, of catechesis in mission work. Catechesi Tradendae is the Apostolic Exhortation of John Paul II on Catechesis given in Rome.

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Faith Formation

Nevertheless, the Gospels clearly relate occasions when Jesus “taught. Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Born of families that are already Christian or converted at some time to Christianity and instructed by missionaries or by another catechist, they then consecrate their lives, year after year, to catechizing children and adults in their own country. Such a mission has the purpose of making everyone know and live the “new” communion that the Son of God made man introduced into the history of the world.

Only he has the words of life, yes, eternal life” []. Communion with Jesus, which gives rise to the communion of Christians among themselves, is an indispensable condition for bearing fruit: AAS espaokpp.

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Now, beloved brothers and sons and daughters, I would like my words, which are intended as a serious and heartfelt exhortation from me in my ministry as pastor of the universal Church, to set your hearts aflame, like the letters of St.

AAS 64pp. Augustine is very explicit: Invaded by doubts they are led into despair. At the conclusion of their work, which proceeded with great commitment, competence and generosity, the Synod Fathers made known to me their desires and requested that at an opportune time, a conclusive papal document on the topic of the lay faithful be offered to the Universal Church [5].

You can be sure that if catechesis is done well in your local Churches, everything else will be easier to do. At a time when, in non-religious teaching in certain countries, more and more complaints are being made about the unfortunate consequences of disregarding the human faculty of memory, should we not attempt to put this faculty back into use in an intelligent and even an original way in catechesis, all the more since the celebration or “memorial” of the great events of the history of salvation require a precise knowledge of them?


One and the same Spirit is always the dynamic principle of diversity and unity in the Church.

That is how it was considered by the fathers of catecbesis fourth general assembly of the synod, although they also drew attention to the conditions necessary for that variety to be useful and not rspaol to the unity of the teaching of the one Faith. The participation of the lay faithful in Diocesan Synods and in local Councils, whether provincial or plenary, is envisioned by the Code of Canon Law [88].

Pope John Paul I, whose zeal and gifts as a catechist amazed us all, had taken them in hand and was preparing to publish them when he was suddenly called to God.

During the Synod of Bishops, held in Rome, Octoberthese words were re-echoed in spirit once again. The task exercised in virtue of supply takes its legitimacy formally and immediately from the official deputation given by the Pastors, as well as from its concrete exercise under the guidance of ecclesiastical authority [71].

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. To begin with, it is clear that, when carrying out her mission of giving catechesis, the Church-and also every individual Christian devoting himself to that mission within the Church and in her name- must be very much aware of acting as a living, pliant instrument of the Holy Spirit.

Augustine encountered this same problem and contributed to its solution for his own time with his wellknown work De Catechizandis Rudibus. They are treasures that complement one another for the good of all and are under the wise guidance of their Pastors” [63]. But I am also thinking of non-confessional and public schools.

This page was last edited on 31 Decemberat It is the responsibility of the lay faithful, who more directly through their vocation or their profession are involved in accepting life, to make the Church’s “Yes” to human life concrete and efficacious. The family’s catechetical activity has a special character, which is in a sense irreplaceable.

These elements will perhaps be no more than a simple revelation of a good and provident Father in heaven to whom the child learns to turn its heart.

Because the lay faithful belong to Christ, Lord and King of the Universe, they share in his kingly mission and are called by him to spread that Kingdom in history. Catechesis will have an ecumenical dimension if, in addition, it creates and fosters a true desire for unity. In Ioannis Evangelium Tractatus, 97, 1: From this comes the understanding that one has been brought into association with the beloved Son, becoming a child of adoption cf.


The Second Vatican Council has significantly spoken on the universal call to holiness. Likewise the spread of the gospel will be particularly incisive, because in sharing fully in the unique conditions of the life, work, difficulties and hopes of their sisters and brothers, the lay faithful will be able to reach the hearts of their neighbors, friends, and colleagues, opening them to a full sense of human existence, that is, to communion with God and with all people.

Preaching, centered upon the Bible texts, must then in its sepaol way make it possible to familiarize the faithful with the whole of the mysteries of the faith and with the norms of Christian living. Confident and steadfast through the power of God’s grace, these are the humble yet great builders of the Kingdom of God in history. But there is good reason for recalling here that catechesis cannot admit any language that tradendaf result in altering the substance of the content of the Creed, under any pretext whatever, even a pretended scientific one.

Baptism regenerates us in the life ot eh Son of God; unites us to Christ and to his Body, the Church; and anoints us in the Holy Spirit, making us spiritual temples.

Christifideles laici calls attention to the duty of lay Christians to make their daily conduct a shining and convincing testimony to the gospel CL 34, Mark’s the catechumen’s Gospel. Such traxendae finds its first and necessary expression in the life and mission of the particular Church, in the diocese in which “the Church of Christ, one, holy, catholic and apostolic, is truly present and at work” [84]. Nor is any opposition to be set up between a catechesis taking life as its point of departure and a traditional doctrinal and systematic catechesis.

In fact, trdendae one and the same time it is characterized by a diversity and a complementarity of vocations and states in life, of ministries, of charisms and responsibilities.

Instead it opened itself to a decidedly positive vision and displayed a basic intention of asserting the full belonging of the lay faithful to the Church and to its mystery. In the fullness of this title catecchesis on equal par with all other members of the Church, the lay faithful are called to holiness: