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March 11, 2010

The Catechism of the Catholic Church: Prologue

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The life of man is to know and love God.

  1. God created man and draws him close through the Trinity.
  2. God’s call was delivered through the Apostles. (Mt 28:18-20, Mk 16:20)
  3. Those who accept the call guard it and hand it on through word, example, liturgy and prayer. (Acts 2:42)


  1. “Catechesis” refers to the Church’s effort to make disciples.
  2. It is an organic and systematic education in the fullness of the faith.
  3. It is built informally on elements [listed] of the Church’s pastoral mission.
  4. It works toward the life of the Church, not necessarily it’s physical expansion.
  5. It is intense in periods of renewal. Catechetical works were written by the Fathers.
  6. It draws from the councils. Trent initiated much catechetical work.
  7. Vatican II and the 1985 Synod have done so as well.

Purpose, Audience & Structure

  1. The Catechism presents fundamental Catholic doctrine from Scripture, Tradition, the Fathers & the Magisterium.
  2. Those responsible for catechesis are the primary audience.
  3. The structure is traditional: creeds, sacraments, commandments, prayer.
  4. Faith must be professed. (Mt 10:32, Rom 10:9) This is the focus of Part I.
  5. Salvation is made present in the Liturgy and sacraments. This is Part II.
  6. Beatitude is reached through right conduct, grace and charity. Part III.
  7. The meaning and importance of prayer is covered in Part IV.

Directions for Use

  1. The Catechism is a whole work. Cross references help solidify themes.
  2. Scripture is often paraphrased or referenced (confer, cf.).
  3. Small print indicates historical or doctrinal explanations.
  4. Quotes from various sources are presented for catechetical use.
  5. Themes are summed up in “IN BRIEF” sections.


  1. The Catechism is written to expose doctrine and deepen (or mature) faith.
  2. Adaptations are still necessary for particular peoples. (1 Cor 9:22, 1 Pet 2:2)


  1. All doctrine and teaching must begin with love and arrive at love. (1 Cor 13:8)


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