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 catechesis as in theology, there is no doubt that the question of language is of the first order. This is a field in which diocesan, interdiocesan or national cooperation proves fertile and fruitful.

It is obvious that a catechesis which denounces selfishness in the name of generosity, and which without any illusory over-simplification presents the Christian meaning of work, of the common good, of justice and charity, a catechesis on international peace and on the advancement of human dignity, on development, and on liberation, as these are presented in recent documents of the Church, 88 fittingly completes in the minds of the young the good catechesis on strictly religious realities which is never to be neglected.

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The method and language used must truly be means for communicating the whole and not just a part of “the words of eternal life” 80 and the “ways of een. In the same manner the present-day tracendae bears witness to this as well, in ever-increasing and impressive ways, through an openness to a catevhesis and transcendent outlook towards life, the renewed interest in religious research, the return to a sense of the sacred and to prayer, and the demand for freedom to call upon the name of the Lord.

But that is not enough: These elements will perhaps be no more than a simple revelation of a good and provident Father in heaven traedndae whom the child learns to turn its heart. A person who has given adherence to Jesus Christ by faith and is endeavoring to consolidate that faith by catechesis needs to live in communion with those who have taken the same step.

You are beyond all others the ones primarily responsible for catechesis, the catechists par excellence. AAS 57 [], pp. Precisely because it derives from Church communion, the sharing of the lay faithful in the threefold mission of Christ requires that it be lived and realized in communion and for the increase of communion itself.

The Synod Fathers have gratefully taken note of the work of catechists, acknowledging that they “have a task that carries great importance in animating ecclesial communities” []. All those who take on the heavy task of preparing these catechetical tools, especially catechism texts, can do so only with the approval of the pastors who have the authority to give it, and taking their inspiration as closely as possible from the General Catechetical Directory, which remains the standard of reference.


Men and women saints have always been the source and origin of renewal in the most difficult circumstances in the Church’s history. Incorporated in Jesus Christ, the baptized are united to him and to his sacrifice in the offering they make of themselves and their daily activities cf.

Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity Apostolicam Actuositatem, This makes more evident the role given to the laity in catechesis today, always under the catechess direction of their Bishops, as the propositions left by the synod stressed several times.

Catechesis cannot ignore these changeable aspects of this delicate period of life. 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 are in their own way made sharers in the priestly, prophetic and kingly office of Christ. We come to a full sense of the dignity of the lay faithful if we consider the prime and fundamental vocation that the Father assigns to each of them in Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit: Such participation finds its first and necessary expression in the life and mission of the particular Church, in the diocese in which “the Church of Christ, one, holy, catholic and apostolic, is truly trasendae and at work” [84].

On the contrary, their perfect complementarity must be fostered: Catechists for their part must have the wisdom to pick from the field of theological research those points that can provide light for their own reflection and their teaching, drawing, like the theologians, from the true sources, in the light of the magisterium. In fact, that same holiness which is derived simply from their participation in the Church’s holiness, represents their first and fundamental contribution to the building of the Church herself, who is the “Communion of Saints”.

From this perspective which emphasizes the Church’s internal nature, the lay faithful are seen not simply as labourers who work in the vineyard, but as themselves being a part of the vineyard. In the same Synod Assembly, however, a critical judgment was voiced along with these positive elements, about a too-indiscriminate use of the word “ministry”, the confusion and the equating of the common priesthood and the ministerial priesthood, the lack of observance of ecclesiastical laws and norms, the arbitrary interpretation of the concept catschesis “supply”, the tendency towards a “clericalization” of the lay faithful and the risk of creating, in reality, an ecclesial structure of parallel service to that founded on the Sacrament cattechesis Orders.

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At this moment the lay faithful, in virtue of their participation in the prophetic mission of Christ, are fully part of this work of the Church. In this way there is a natural transition from an effective involvement of the lay faithful in the liturgical action to that of announcing the word of God and pastoral care [74].


Catechism of the Catholic Church: Each person should take into account what he does and consider if he is labouring in the vineyard of the Lord” [2]. Such an apostolate is useful at all times and places, but in certain circumstances it is the only one available and feasible” []. In this regard, then, the testimony of John the Evangelist defines in an undeniable way the blessed end towards which the entire mission of the Church is directed: Thus through catechesis the Gospel kerygma the initial ardent proclamation by which rtadendae person is one day overwhelmed and brought to the decision to entrust himself to Jesus Christ by faith is catechsis deepened, developed in its implicit consequences, explained in language that includes an appeal to reason, and channelled towards Christian practice in the Church and the world.

Once again we find ourselves before many persons, our sisters and brothers, whose fundamental rights are being violated, owing to their exceedingly great capacity for endurance and to the clear injustice of certain civil laws: Matthew’s account has indeed been called the catechist’s Gospel, and St.

It is important for the Church to give proof today, as she has done at other periods of her history, of evangelical wisdom, courage and fidelity in seeking out and putting into operation new methods and new prospects for catechetical instruction. In this communion is the wonderful reflection and participation in the mystery of the intimate life of love in God as Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit as espaok by the Lord Jesus. The result is that “we, though many, are one body in Christ” Rom Christianity is inseparably both.

It gave catechesis priority in its constitutions and decrees. Decree on Priestly Training. Regenerated as “Children in the Son”, the baptized are inseparably joined together as “members of Christ and members of the body of the Church”, as the Council of Florence teaches [17].

Guiding the Church in the way of all truth cf. To rediscover and make others rediscover the inviolable dignity of every human person makes up an essential task, in a certain sense, the central and unifying task of the service which the Church, and the lay faithful in her, are called to render to the human family. Accordingly, one can say that catechetical teaching too finds its source and its fulfillment in the Eucharist, within the whole circle of the liturgical year.