4th Doctor: …I’m taking the day off.
1st Romana: The day off?
4th Doctor: Yes. After a journey of four hundred years and twelve parsecs, I’m allowed a rest of fifty years.
1st Romana: Where does it say that?
4th Doctor: Section ninety three, paragraph two, laws governing Time Lords. You look it up. Go on.
1st Romana: What? You just made that up.
Doctor Who The Androids of Tara 1978
The first in a series on the Catechism of the Catholic church and what it teaches. Full quotes from the Catechism will be block quoted with the “verse” number of the passage before it, a notation like “see #24” refers to a specific passage in the Catechism that is linked to rather than quoted as a whole.
Also be aware that you might see a numerical reference in a block quote. That refers to a reference within the Catechism that I might have accidentally forgot to remove, go to the actual page of the Catechism to see that reference point.
This document has 2865 passages so this will be a longterm project, I pray that God blesses it and the Holy Spirit on this eve of the feast of Pentecost inspires wisdom in its presentation.
Do you know what Catholics believe? May Catholic don’t and the blame for that rests squarely on the church.
4 Quite early on, the name catechesis was given to the totality of the Church’s efforts to make disciples, to help men believe that Jesus is the Son of God so that believing they might have life in his name, and to educate and instruct them in this life, thus building up the body of Christ
5 “Catechesis is an education in the faith of children, young people and adults which includes especially the teaching of Christian doctrine imparted, generally speaking, in an organic and systematic way, with a view to initiating the hearers into the fullness of Christian life
If you want to understand the biggest problem the Church has faced in my lifetime it’s “Catholics” who do not know their faith. This not only makes it more difficult to make people stronger in faith but it’s a lot easier for the foes of the church & it’s mission to pry people away when they can paint the church as something it’s not to folks who simply don’t know better.
That is one of the purposes of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
6 While not being formally identified with them, catechesis is built on a certain number of elements of the Church’s pastoral mission which have a catechetical aspect, that prepare for catechesis, or spring from it. They are: the initial proclamation of the Gospel or missionary preaching to arouse faith; examination of the reasons for belief; experience of Christian living; celebration of the sacraments; integration into the ecclesial community; and apostolic and missionary witness.
7 “Catechesis is intimately bound up with the whole of the Church’s 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.”
It’s also why St. Pope John Paul II following in the footsteps of Sts like Cyril of Jerusalem, Augustine, Charles Borromeo and other that the Modern Catechism of the Catholic Church came to be.
10 … the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in 1985 asked “that a catechism or compendium of all Catholic doctrine regarding both faith and morals be composed” The Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, made the Synod’s wish his own, acknowledging that “this desire wholly corresponds to a real need of the universal Church and of the particular Churches.”He set in motion everything needed to carry out the Synod Fathers’ wish.
Ironically the primary audience for this work was the teachers who would use this as the basis to pass down these teachings to the faithful
12 This work is intended primarily for those responsible for catechesis: first of all the bishops, as teachers of the faith and pastors of the Church. It is offered to them as an instrument in fulfilling their responsibility of teaching the People of God. Through the bishops, it is addressed to redactors of catechisms, to priests, and to catechists. It will also be useful reading for all other Christian faithful.
But thanks to the miracle of instant communication in the modern world this information, indexed with the passages from scripture and the documents of the church fathers and the Magisterium is available to not only every Catholic, but any person in he world who wishes to know what the faith actually is.
This doesn’t mean that there will not be some adaptions of how this message is presented based on the people one is trying to reach (see #24) but unlike Vatican II which was spun locally by those who wished to spin it, this reference book means that anyone who is being played false on what the church teaches is only one click away from the reality of the Catholic Church.