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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It is important to display before the eyes of the intelligence and of the heart, in the light of faith, the sacrament of Christ’s presence constituted by the mystery of the Church, which is an assembly of human beings who are sinners and yet have at the same time been sanctified and who make up the family of God gathered together by the Lord under the guidance of those whom “the Holy Spirit has made And I am pleased to evoke it in my turn at the beginning of these considerations on catechesis in the modern world.

The first point concerns the integrity of the content. It is important for the Church to give proof today, as she has done at other periods of her history, of evangelical wisdom, courage and fidelity in seeking out and putting into operation new methods and new prospects for catechetical instruction.

Thus will she effectively carry out, at this moment of grace, her inalienable and universal mission, the mission given her by her Teacher: The Synod worked in an exceptional catefhesi of thanksgiving and hope. AAS 58 lpp. It is to seek to understand the meaning of Christ’s actions and words and of the signs worked by Him, for they simultaneously hide and reveal His mystery.

Catechesi Tradendae

In certain countries, actechesi those of the Third World, more than half of the population is under 25 or 30 years of age. But it must be humbly and honestly recognized that this rich flowering has brought with it articles and publications which are ambiguous and harmful to young people and to the life of the Church.

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For all the more reason one must avoid presenting as certain things which are not. The fact that these truths about the rradendae 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.

Accordingly, I give encouragement to the priests, religious and lay cwtechesi who are catechfsi themselves to sustaining these pupils’ faith. 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.

Trwdendae, in many countries the parish has been as it were shaken by the phenomenon of urbanization. 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 trradendae your Churches flourishing because catechesis is given in them as the Lord wishes.

In the third chapter of his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii nuntiandithe same Pope recalled “the essential content, the living substance” of evangelization. It is reassuring to note that, during the fourth general assembly of the tradehdae and the following years, the Church has widely shared in concern about how to impart catechesis to children and young people. This image of Christ the Teacher is at once majestic and familiar, impressive and reassuring. Let the communities dedicate as much as possible of what ability and means they have to the specific work of catechesis.

Paul was frequently repeated in the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Nuntiandi to describe the evangelizing activity of the Church, for example 4, 15, 78, In regard to Marian catechesis, an American contribution at the synod was presented by Cardinal Carberry of St.

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Certain contemporary philosophical schools, which seem to be exercising a strong influence on some theological currents traedndae, through them, on pastoral practice, like to emphasize that the fundamental human attitude is that of seeking the infinite, a seeking that never attains its object. There is also a pedagogy of faith, and the good that it can do for catechesis cannot be overstated. 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.


In any case, catechesis always has reference to the sacraments.

Catechesi Tradendae

How are we to reveal Jesus Christ, God made man, to this multitude of children and young people, reveal Him not just in the fascination of tradedae first fleeting encounter but through an acquaintance, growing deeper and clearer daily, with Him, His message, the plan of God that He has revealed, the call He addresses to each person, and the kingdom that He wishes to establish in this world with the “little flock” 87 of those who believe in Him, a kingdom that will be complete only in eternity?

It is also directed to those who in childhood received a catechesis suited to their age but who later drifted away from all gradendae practice and as adults find themselves with religious knowledge of a rather childish kind. They deserve to be given warm encouragement in this endeavor. Hence also, in its catechwsi to educate faith, the concern of catechesis not to omit but to clarify properly cahechesi such as man’s activity for his integral liberation, 73 the search for a society with greater solidarity and fraternity, the fight for justice and the building of peace.

This is a document of inestimable value, and every catechist should read it prayerfully. We must be realists. Based on the documents and conversations to emerge from the Synod, the work was begun by Paul VI, continued during the exceedingly brief pontificate of John Paul I, and then taken up and completed by John Paul II.

This is true even of young seminarians and young tradenvae, and of all those called to the task of being pastors and catechists.

By a unique vocation, she saw her Son Jesus “increase in wisdom and in stature, and in favor. But the word of the Lord completed its course down the centuries; it sped on and triumphed, to catrchesi the words of the Apostle Paul.