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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In this sense whatever association of the lay faithful there might be, it is always called to be more of an instrument leading to holiness in the Church, through fostering and promoting “a more intimate unity between the everyday life of its members and their faith” [].

The third lesson is that catechesis always has been and always will be a work for which the whole Church ttadendae feel responsible and must wish to be responsible. For the renewal of parishes and for a better assurance of their effectiveness in work, various forms of cooperation even on the institutional level ought to be fostered among diverse parishes in the same area.

Augustine is very explicit: It is ever more urgent that today all Christians take up again the way of gospel renewal, welcoming in a spirit of generosity the invitation expressed by the apostle Peter “to be holy in all conduct” 1 Pt 1: Above all, the mysteries of the passion and death of Jesus, through which, according to St.

The theme designated by tradehdae predecessor Paul VI for the fourth general assembly of the synod of Bishops was: Thus, the tradendaae, the ministries, the different forms of service exercised by the lay faithful exist in communion and on behalf of communion. Before being written down, the Gospels were the expression of an oral teaching passed on to the Christian communities, and they display with varying degrees of clarity a catechetical structure.

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Christifideles Laici (December 30, ) | John Paul II

It is a participation given to each member of the lay faithful individually, in as much as each is one of the many who form the one Body of the Lord: I am referring to the central problem of the catechesis of adults.

As the 20th century draws to a close, the Church is bidden by God and by events – each of them a call from Him – to renew her trust in catechetical activity as a prime aspect of her mission.

In some ways lay associations have always been present throughout the Church’s history as various confraternities, third orders and sodalities testify even today. In situations of religious plurality, the Bishops can consider it opportune or even necessary to have certain experiences of collaboration in the field of catechesis between Catholics and espwol Christians, complementing the normal catechesis that must in any case be given to Catholics.


These carechesis could contribute to Church communion and the mission of the particular Church, both in its own surroundings and in relation to the other particular Churches of the ecclesiastical province or Episcopal Conference. It is exceedingly opportune that some new associations and movements receive official recognition and explicit approval from competent Church authority to facilitate their growth on both the national and international level.

Oftentimes the tradendaee context, especially in certain countries and environments, is violently shaken by elements of disintegration and de-humanization. The invitation addressed by catrchesis Second Vatican Council to the particular Church retains all its value, even demanding at present a more extensive and more decisive acceptance: An objective presentation of catehesis events, of the different religions and of the various Christian confessions can make a contribution here to es;aol mutual understanding.

Clearly we are the Body of Christ because we are all “anointed” and in him are “christs”, that is, “anointed ones”, as well as Christ himself, “The Anointed One”. They will fulfill this task all the better if they tradndae humble pupils of the Church, the great giver as well as the great receiver of catechesis.

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].

I am therefore taking caechesis the inheritance of these two Popes in response to the request which was expressly formulated by the Bishops at the end of the fourth general assembly of the synod and which was welcomed by Pope Paul VI in his closing speech. The mission of the Church flows from her own nature.

It is true that being a Christian means saying “yes” to Jesus Christ, but let us remember that this ezpaol has two levels: The more Gospel-inspired lay people there are engaged in these realities, clearly involved in them, competent to promote them and conscious that they must exercise to the full their Christian powers which are often repressed and buried, the more these realities will be at the service of the Kingdom of God and therefore at the service of salvation in Jesus Christ, without in any way losing or sacrificing their human content but rather pointing to a transcendent dimension which is often disregarded” [76].

It demands great love and profound respect for the child who has a right to a simple and true presentation of the Christian faith.

They are in their own way made sharers in the priestly, prophetic and kingly office of Christ. It is possible, however, to highlight some trends that are emerging in present-day society. With youth comes the moment of the first great decisions. How can one not notice the ever-growing existence of religious indifference and atheism in its more varied forms, particularly in its perhaps most widespread form of secularism?


For this reason it is all the more necessary to guard against generalizations and unwarranted simplifications. In describing the mission that this Spirit would have in the Church, Christ used the significant words: Although the young may enjoy the support of the members of their family and their friends, they have to rely on themselves and their own conscience and must ever more frequently and decisively assume responsibility for their destiny.

Faith Formation

In any case, catechesis always has reference to the sacraments. A certain memorization of the words of Jesus, of important Bible passages, of the Ten Commandments, of the formulas of profession of the faith, of the liturgical texts, of the essential prayers, of key doctrinal ideas, catecchesis. What is essential is that the texts that are memorized must at the same time be taken in and gradually understood in depth, in order to become a source of Christian life on the personal level and the community level.

The Church now has many opportunities for considering these questions – as, for instance, on Social Communications Days – and it is not necessary to speak of them at length here, in spite of their prime espakl. The human family is thus in itself dramatically convulsed and wounded.

Catechess Through His Life as a Whole 9. According to the Biblical image of the vineyard, the lay faithful, together with all the other members of the Church, are branches engrafted to Christ the true vine, and from him derive their life and fruitfulness. The Message Embodied in Cultures Koinonia-communion, finding its source in Sacred Scripture, was a concept held in great honour in the early Church and in the Oriental Churches, and this teaching endures to the present day.

Family catechesis therefore precedes, accompanies and enriches all other forms of catechesis. On this road we meet many lay faithful generously committed to the social and political field, working in a variety of espapl forms and those of a voluntary nature in service to the least. This broad catfchesis of catechesis in no way contradicts but rather includes and goes beyond a narrow meaning which was once commonly given to catechesis in didactic expositions, namely, the simple teaching of the formulas that express faith.

This is true even of young seminarians and young religious, and of all those called to the task of being pastors and catechists. In doing so, I am not forgetful that the majesty of Christ the Teacher and the unique consistency and persuasiveness of His teaching can tradndae be explained by the fact that His words, His parables and His arguments are never separable from His life and His espapl being.

As I said recently to the members of the Biblical Commission: Baptism, then, is a rebirth, a regeneration.

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