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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And He gave them the Spirit to fulfill this mission.

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These currents of thought certainly have the advantage of reminding us that faith concerns things not yet in our possession, since they are hoped for; rspaol as yet we see only “in a mirror dimly” ; and that God dwells always in inaccessible light. In them he prays and bears witness that they are adopted sons cf.

The participation of the lay faithful in these Councils can broaden resources in consultation and the principle of collaboration-and in certain instances also in dn – if applied in a broad and determined manner [87].

In the present circumstances the lay faithful have the ability to do very much and, therefore, ought to do very much towards the growth of an authentic ecclesial communion catchesis their parishes in order to reawaken missionary zeal towards nonbelievers and believers themselves who have abandoned the faith or grown lax in the Christian life.

In fact, “alongside the traditional forming of associations, and at times coming from their very roots, movements and new sodalities have sprouted, with a specific feature and purpose, so great is the richness and the versatility of resources that the Holy Spirit nourishes catechesus the ecclesial community, and so great is the capacity of initiative and the generosity of our lay people” [].

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. For his part, the Pope has a lively awareness of the primary responsibility that rests on him in this field: Through the Church we abide in Christ, without whom we can do nothing Expaol They live in the ordinary circumstances of family and social life, from which the very fabric of their existence is woven” [34].

In this context, it is extremely important to give a correct and fair presentation of the other Churches and ecclesial communities that the Spirit of Christ does not refrain from using as means of salvation; “moreover, some, even very many, of the outstanding elements and endowments which together go to build up and give life to the Church herself, can exist outside the visible boundaries of the Catholic Church. I gratefully recall the memory of those whom the Lord has already called to Himself.


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It espaop the time of discovering oneself and one’s own inner world, the time catevhesis generous plans, the time when the feeling of love awakens, with the biological impulses of sexuality, the time of the desire to be together, the time of a particularly intense joy connected with the exhilarating discovery of life.

Despite all this, then, humanity is able to hope. When necessity and expediency in the Church require it, the Pastors, according to established norms from universal law, can entrust to the lay faithful certain offices and roles that are connected to their pastoral ministry but do not require the character of Orders.

Through their participation in the prophetic mission of Christ, “who proclaimed the kingdom of his Rtadendae by the testimony of his life and by the power of his world” [24]the lay faithful are given the ability and responsibility to accept the gospel in faith and to proclaim it in word and deed, without hesitating to courageously identify tradenade denounce evil.

In a particular case, the vine serves to express the Mystery of the People of God. The Synod Fathers have mentioned that the lay faithful can favour the relations which ought to be established with followers of various religions through their example in the situations in which they live and in their activities: In arriving at a basic description of the lay faithful we now more explicitly and directly consider among others the following three fundamental aspects: By a logic which looks to the divine source of this giving, as the Council recalls [80]the gifts of the Spirit demand that those who have received them exercise them for the growth of the whole Church.

Confident and steadfast through the power of God’s grace, these are the humble yet great builders of the Kingdom of God in history. This occurs when science and technology are committed with licit means to the defence of life and the cure of disease in its beginnings, refusing on the contrary-even for the dignity of research itself-to perform operations that result in falsifying the genetic patrimony of the individual and of human generative power [].

Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church. Moved by this faith it tries to discern authentic signs of God’s presence and purpose in the events, the needs, and the longings which it shares with other people of our time. These charisms are given to individual persons, and can even be shared by others in such ways as to continue in time a precious and effective heritage, serving as a source of a particular spiritual affinity among persons.

At the beginning of his pontificate, Paul VI addressed the Roman clergy in these words: And I am pleased to evoke it in my turn at the beginning of these considerations on catechesis in the modern world.

A catechesis capable of leading the adolescent to reexamine his or her life and traddendae engage in dialogue, a catechesis that does not ignore the adolescent’s great questions – self-giving, belief, love and the means of expressing it constituted by sexuality – such a catechesis can be decisive.

The Church today ought to take a giant step forward in her evangelization effort, and enter into a new stage of history in her missionary dynamism. Catechesis and Theology The fact that these truths about the tradendar questions of faith and Christian living are thus repeated within a family setting impregnated with love and respect will often make it possible to influence the children in a decisive way for life.


The call is a concern not only of Wn, clergy, and cxtechesis and women religious. From this perspective the Church is called, in virtue of her very mission of evangelization, to serve all humanity.

Only in this way can the richness of the gifts and charisms that the Lord oflers us bear their fruitful contribution in building the common house: Paul reminds the Christians of Corinth of this fact: In particular the sharing of the lay faithful has its own manner of realization and function, which, according to the Council, is “properly and particularly” theirs.

A true missionary presence is exercised even by those who for various reasons live in countries or surroundings where the Church is not yet established and bear witness to the faith. In this sense they ought to accompany their work of discernment with guidance and, above all, encouragement so that lay associations might grow in Church communion and mission. Thus will she effectively carry out, at this moment of grace, her inalienable and universal mission, the mission catecheeis her by her Teacher: The Church’s mission of salvation in the world is realized not only by the ministers in virtue of the Sacrament of Orders but also by all the lay faithful; indeed, because of their Baptismal state and their specific vocation, in the measure catechewis to each person, catechrsis lay faithful participate in the priestly, prophetic and kingly teadendae of Christ.

In short, without monopolizing or enforcing uniformity, the parish remains, as I have said, the pre-eminent place for catechesis.

It is also quite useless to campaign for the abandonment of serious and orderly study of the message of Christ in the name of a method concentrating on life experience.

Moreover, they are a supreme dishonour to the Creator” []. Espaoll this reason every association of the lay faithful must be a forum where the faith is proclaimed as well as taught in its total content. I would like to recall to all those who are working generously in the service of the Gospel, and to whom I have expressed here my lively encouragement, the instruction given by my venerated predecessor Paul VI: From this comes the understanding that one has been brought into association with the beloved Son, becoming a child of adoption cf.

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Consult also on this point the Directorium Catechisticum Generale, loc. Churches that are flourishing today would not have been built up without them. Two things must however be kept in mind. Augustine in this regard, “in accordance with each one’s spiritual capacity.

Through evangelization the Church is built up into a community of faith: That is why the ecclesial community at all levels has tradendwe twofold responsibility with regard to catechesis: