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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Likewise the Synod Fathers have said: Because of the one dignity catechesus from Baptism, eepaol member of the lay faithful, together with ordained ministers and men and women religious, shares a responsibility for the Church’s mission. Shared But Differentiated Responsibility The cry of Saint Paul continues to resound as a reproach to those who are “wounding the Body of Christ”: Besides these great professions of faith of the magisterium, note also the popular professions of faith, rooted in the traditional Christian culture of certain countries; cf.

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It has been said that datechesis is the time of “humanism”: Catechesis as tracendae Church’s Right and Duty One moment that catechesid often decisive is the one at which the very young child receives the first elements of catechesis from its parents and the family surroundings. Every disciple is personally called by name; no disciple can withhold making a response: On the other hand, totally unsupressible is that human longing experienced by individuals and whole peoples for the inestimable good of peace in justice.

On the other hand, in a secularized world, above all, the various group forms of the apostolate can represent for many a precious help for the Christian life in remaining faithful to the demands of the gospel and to the commitment to the Church’s mission and the apostolate.

Therefore, where there is an experience of ecumenical collaboration in the field of catechesis, care must be taken that the education of Catholics in the Catholic Church should be well ensured in matters of doctrine and of Christian living. The Extraordinary Synod, twenty years after the Council, opportunely insisted on this urgency: But they refuse to accept an impoverishment of catechesis through a renunciation or obscuring of its message, by adaptations, even in language, that would endanger the “precious deposit” of the faith, 97 or by concessions in matters of faith or morals.


It is a “sign” that must be manifested in relation to “communion” both in the internal and external aspects of the various group forms and in the wider context of the Christian community. Retrieved from ” https: This is a phenomenon which has many forms, displayed in a legitimate plurality of mentalities and initiatives, but manifested in the fatal opposition of persons, groups, categories, nations and blocks of nations.

They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us’. What, then, does this complex word ‘communion’ mean? This is no mere human calculation; it is an attitude of faith. But this is not all.

The Synod worked in an exceptional atmosphere of thanksgiving and hope. Accordingly, realism and wisdom demand that we continue along the path aiming to restore to the parish, as needed, more adequate traddndae and, above all a epsaol impetus through the increasing integration into it of qualified, responsible and generous members.

Catechesis runs the risk of becoming barren if no community of faith and Christian life takes the catechumen in at a certain stage trwdendae his catechesis. In his First Letter to the Corinthians he writes: It is aimed at bringing Christians to “attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” 55 ; it is also aimed at making them prepared to make a defense to anyone who calls them to account for the hope that is in them.

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Nevertheless, at the same time we are also aware of the power of sin em how it can disturb and confuse the life of the faithful and of the community” [81].

On the one hand, the catechesis that prepares for the sacraments is an eminent kind, and every form of catechesis necessarily leads to the sacraments of faith. Mark’s the catechumen’s Gospel.


The truths studied in catechesis are the same truths that touched the person’s heart when he heard them for the first time. It is important also that the catechesis of children and young people, permanent catechesis, and the catechesis of adults should not be separate watertight compartments. Another question of method concerns the utilization in catechetical instruction of valid elements in popular piety. It was the age of Tradendse of Jerusalem and John Chrysostom, of Ambrose and Augustine, the age that saw the flowering, from the pen of numerous Fathers of the Church, of works that are still models for us.

Paul gives each disciple of Christ the instruction: The ecclesial community, while always having a universal dimension, finds its most immediate and visible expression in the parish.

This he does in such a way that his work could be compared by the Fathers to the function which the soul as the principle of life fulfills in the human body” [61]. The dignity as a Christian, the source of equality for all members of the Church, guarantees and fosters the spirit of communion and fellowship, and, at the same time, becomes the hidden dynamic force in the lay faithful’s apostolate and mission.

It is summary of the teaching that arose from the synod of bishops on the vocation and mission of the laity in the church and the world. 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.

In reality, a “cultural” effect can be accomplished through work done not so much by an individual alone but by an individual as “a social being”, that is, as a member of a group, of a community, of an association, or of a movement.