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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For this purpose, catechesis will seek to know these cultures and their essential components; it will learn their most significant expressions; it will respect their particular values and riches.

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The fourth general assembly of the synod did not forget you. In his closing speech at the fourth general assembly of the synod, Pope Paul VI rejoiced “to see how everyone drew attention to the absolute need for systematic catechesis, precisely because it is this reflective study of the Christian mystery that fundamentally distinguishes catechesis from all other ways of presenting the word of God.

By a unique vocation, she saw her Son Jesus “increase in wisdom and in stature, and in favor. Accordingly, I give encouragement to the priests, religious and lay people who are devoting themselves to sustaining these pupils’ faith. 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.

Nevertheless, the Gospels clearly relate occasions when Jesus “taught.

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In keeping with this, St. Close to our own time, the catechism of St. Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity Tradendaae Actuositatem, Catechesis is likewise open to missionary dynamism. Thanks to the work of holy theologians such as St. Catechesis as the Church’s Right and Duty Hence for Christians the crucifix is one of the most sublime and popular images of Christ the Teacher.

The requisite discernment could then be brought to bear on a reality that is very much alive and it could benefit from great openness ctaechesis the People of God to the grace of the Lord and tradendaf directives of the magisterium.


Furthermore, catechesis does not consist merely in the teaching of doctrine: Doctrine, Dogma, Theology and Tradition. The final methodological question the importance of which should at least be referred to-one that was debated several times in the synod-is that of memorization.

Admittedly, apart from the school, many other elements of life help in influencing the mentality of the young, for instance, recreation, social background and work surroundings.

7 things I learnt from Catechesi Tradendae by JP2

This makes more evident the role given to the laity in catechesis today, always under the pastoral direction of their Bishops, as the propositions left by the synod stressed several times. In certain countries, especially those of the Third World, more than half of the population is under 25 or 30 years of age. You are commenting using your WordPress.

For his part, the Pope has a lively awareness of the primary responsibility that rests on him in this field: Consequently, this ecumenical collaboration is by its very nature limited: Catechesis is intimately bound up with the whole of the Church’s life. You are beyond all others the ones primarily responsible for catechesis, the catechists par excellence.

Churches that are flourishing today would not have been built up without them. In addition, there are other children who have not been baptized and whose parents agree only at a later date to religious education: The exhortation is addressed to the bishops, clergy and faithful of the whole Church.

L’Osservatore Romano, October 30, p. It was the age of Cyril of Jerusalem and John Chrysostom, of Ambrose and Augustine, the age that saw the flowering, tradendaee the pen of numerous Fathers of the Church, of works that are still models for us.

Aware of the influence that their research and their statements have on catechetical instruction, theologians and exegetes have a duty to take great care that people do not take for a certainty what on the contrary belongs to the area of questions of opinion or of discussion among experts.

Hence the importance in catechesis tradendqe 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. Needless to say, this is not true catechesis. Augustine encountered this same problem and contributed to its solution for his own time with his wellknown work De Catechizandis Rudibus.


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

Catechesis and Theology In this he finds reasons for pastoral concern but principally a source of joy and hope. Unfaithfulness on some point to the integrity of the message means a dangerous weakening of catechesis and putting at risk the results that Ctechesis and the ecclesial community have a right to expect from it.

Because of their charge, pastors have, at differing levels, the chief responsibility for fostering, guiding and coordinating catechesis. This page was last edited on 1 Aprilat Changed by the working of grace into a new creature, the Christian thus sets himself to follow Christ and learns more and more within the Church to think like Him, to judge like Him, to act in conformity with His commandments, and to hope as He invites us to.

Fashion changes, but a profound reality remains. This tradenxae a theme dear to the fourth Gospel: Far from blunting or exhausting them, the fact of knowing them better should make them even more challenging and decisive for one’s life.

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Notify me of new posts via email. Socks that catrchesis have you walking like the Saints. The third lesson is that catechesis always has been and always will be a work for which the whole Church must feel responsible and must wish to be responsible.

It is the search of the Magi under the guidance of a star, the search of tgadendae Pascal, taking up a phrase of St. Genuine catechists know that catechesis “takes flesh” in the various cultures and milieux: In any case, the method chosen must ultimately be referred to a law that is fundamental for the whole of the Church’s life: AAS 60 lpp.