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March 19, 2010

Catechism of the Catholic Church: Part I

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Synopsis

The first major part of the Catechism is titled “The Profession of Faith” and it explains in detail what Catholics believe. It begins with a discourse on the relationship between God and man, what God has revealed about himself and how man responds. The roles of Sacred Scripture and Tradition are explained as part of this discourse. The last half of Part I covers the articles of the Apostles’ Creed and its implications.

Summary

Belief. Introductory paragraph. Beliefs of the Church that must be understood before they can be acted upon. [CCC 26]

Man’s Capacity for God. Description of man’s desire for, knowledge of and language surrounding God. [CCC 27-49]

Divine Revelation. The process [CCC 50-73] and means [CCC 74-100] of revelation with emphasis on Sacred Scripture [CCC 101-141].

Man’s Response. How the faithful respond to God’s revelation as individuals and as a unified body. [CCC 142-184]

The Creeds. [CCC 185-197]

I believe in God [CCC 198-231] the Father [CCC 232-267] almighty [CCC 268-278],
      creator [CCC 279-324] of heaven and earth. [CCC 325-354]

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. [CCC 422-455]
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
      and born of the Virgin Mary. [CCC 456-511]

  • The life of Christ [CCC 512-570]

Under Pontius Pilate He was crucified, died, and was buried. [CCC 571-630]
He descended to the dead. [CCC 631-637]
On the third day he rose again. [CCC 638-658]
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. [CCC 659-667]
He will come again to judge the living and the dead. [CCC 668-682]

I believe in the Holy Spirit, [CCC 683-747]
the holy catholic Church, [CCC 748-945]
the communion of saints, [CCC 946-962]

  • Mary [CCC 963-975]

the forgiveness of sins, [CCC 976-987]
the resurrection of the body, [CCC 988-1019]
and the life everlasting. [CCC 1020-1060]
Amen. [CCC 1061-1065]


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