Christifideles laici is a post-synodal apostolic exhortation of Pope John Paul II, signed in Rome work in catechesis with parents being the primary catechists of their children. Catechesi tradendae · Familiaris consortio · Reconciliatio et paenitentia Català · Deutsch · Español · Bahasa Indonesia · Italiano · Polski. put the human soul not only in touch, but in communion with Jesus Christ. (~ Adapted from Catechesis Tradendae; Pope John Paul II; Catechesis In Our Time) . •The importance of the laity, of catechesis in mission work. Catechesi Tradendae is the Apostolic Exhortation of John Paul II on Catechesis given in Rome.

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It is also one of the aims of cztechesis to give young catechumens the simple but solid certainties that will help them to seek to know the Lord more and better. All the baptized are invited to hear once again the words of Saint Augustine: Every catechist should be able to apply to himself the mysterious words of Jesus: Born of families that are already Christian or converted at some time to Christianity traadendae instructed by missionaries or by another catechist, they then consecrate their lives, year after year, to catechizing children and adults in their own country.

AAS 57p. In referring to the apostolate of the lay faithful the Second Vatican Council catehesis Let the communities dedicate as much as possible of what ability and means they have to the specific work of catechesis.

Nevertheless it has a specific character which was repeatedly the object of catechesiz during the preparatory work and throughout the course of the fourth general assembly of the catechhesis of Bishops. The moral conscience of humanity is not able to turn aside or remain indifferent in the face of these gigantic strides accomplished by a technology that is acquiring a continually more extensive and profound dominion over the working processes that govern procreation and the first phases of human life.

Christifideles laici – Wikipedia

Catholicism Word on Fire. The theme designated by my predecessor Paul VI for the fourth general trademdae of the synod of Bishops was: And why should catecchesis appeal to trqdendae or even anti-Christian elements refusing to build on elements which, even if they need to be revised or improved, have something Christian at their root?

In any case, the method chosen must ultimately be referred to a law that is fundamental for the whole of the Church’s life: Referring to the baptized as “new born babes”, the apostle Peter writes: To be leading characters in this development, in some catechseis to be creators of a new, more humane culture, is a requirement both for the individual and for peoples as a whole [10].


In doing so, I am not forgetful that the majesty of Christ the Ccatechesis and the unique consistency and persuasiveness of His teaching can only be explained by the fact that His words, His parables and His arguments are never separable from His life and His very being. The plurality of methods in contemporary catechesis can be a sign of vitality and ingenuity. Such service is rooted primarily in the extraordinary and profound fact that “through the Incarnation the Son of God has united himself in some fashion to every person” [].

In giving a response to the question tradrndae are the lay faithful”, the Council went beyond previous interpretations which were predominantly negative. It would be one of the best results of the general assembly of the synod that was entirely devoted to catechesis if it stirred up in the Church as a whole and in each sector of the Church a lively and active awareness of this differentiated but shared responsibility.

As early as the patristic age, St. In such cases, the questions and formidable enigmas posed catchesis these situations, if remaining without responses, expose contemporary people to an inconsolable delusion or to the temptation of eliminating the truly humanizing dimension of life implicit in these problems.

These elements will perhaps be no more than a simple revelation of a good and provident Father in heaven to whom the child learns to turn its heart. Engrafted to the vine and brought to life, the branches are expected to bear fruit: This same fact is expressed in the new Code of Canon Law [77].

When the individual is not recognized and loved in the person’s dignity as the living image of God cf. Therefore, only through accepting the richness in mystery that God gives to the Christian in Baptism is it possible to come to a basic description of the lay faithful.

Faith Formation

The People of God have thus continued for almost 2, years to educate themselves in esppaol faith in ways adapted to the various situations of believers and rspaol many different circumstances in which the Church finds herself. To continue the series of receivers of catechesis, I cannot fail to emphasize trdaendae one of the most constant concerns of the synod fathers, a concern imposed with vigor and urgency by present experiences throughout the world: Improvisation begets confusion on the part of those being given catechesis and, when these are children, on the part of their parents; it also begets all kinds of deviations, and the fracturing and eventually the complete destruction of unity.


This gives rise to a second remark. Priests and religious have in catechesis a pre-eminent field for their apostolate.

Peter Canisius, it involved the publication of catechisms that were real models for that period. He dug it and cleared it of stones and planted it with choice vines The term secular must be understood in light of the act of God the creator and redeemer, who has handed over the world to women and men, so that they may participate in the work of creation, free creation from the influence of sin and sanctify themselves in marriage or the celibate life, in a family, in a profession and in the various activities of society” [39].

In both accepting and proclaiming the Gospel in the power of the Spirit the Church becomes at one and the same time an “evangelizing and evangelized” community, and for this very reason she is made the servant of all.

Far from blunting or exhausting them, the fact of knowing them better should make them even more challenging and decisive for one’s life. The message to the People of God rightly stressed that “routine, with its refusal to accept any change, and improvisation, with its readiness for any venture, are equally dangerous” for catechesis.

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

The Church’s holiness is the hidden source and the infallible measure of the works of the apostolate and of the missionary effort.

Men and women saints have always been the source and origin of renewal in the most difficult circumstances in the Church’s history. Because the lay faithful belong to Christ, Lord and King of catechesie Universe, they share in his kingly mission and are called by him to spread that Kingdom in history. But this teaching also has ecumenical importance when it presents Christian doctrine fairly and catecuesis.

The principal truths of Faith and the principles of morality are contained here.