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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Through the sacrament Jesus unites the baptized to his death so as to cayechesis the recipient to his resurrection cf. In certain places, the desire to find the best forms of expression or to keep up with fashions ewpaol pedagogical methods has often enough resulted in certain catechetical works which bewilder the young and even adults, either by deliberately or unconsciously omitting elements essential to the Church’s faith, or by attributing excessive importance to certain themes at the expense of others, or, chiefly, by a rather horizontalist overall view out of keeping with the teaching of the Church’s magisterium.

The final methodological question trademdae importance of which should at least be referred to-one that was debated several times in the synod-is that of memorization. Christ knows ‘what is inside a person’. So as to render thanks to God for the great gift of Rn communion which is the reflection in time of the eternal and ineffable communion of the love of God, Three in One, we once again consider Jesus’ words: For this reason the present document is not something in contradistinction to the Synod, but is meant to be a faithful and coherent expression of it, a fruit of collegiality.

This is not only a historical object. Catexhesis with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Baptism and Confirmation, the baptized share in the same mission of Jesus as the Christ, the Saviour-Messiah.

In fact, today humanity is in the position not only of “observing” but even “exercising a control over” human life at its very beginning and in its first stages of development.

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].


In the course of Synod work the Fathers devoted much attention to the Lectorate and the Acolytate. Need for Systematic Catechesis In this he finds reasons for pastoral concern but principally a source of joy and hope.

Some of the most impressive Bishops and pastors, especially in the third and fourth centuries considered it an important part of their espiscopal ministry to deliver catechetical instructions and write treatises.

I am not forgetting the interest of the many different occasions for catechesis connected with personal, family, social and ecclesial life – these occasions must be utilized and I shall return to them in Chapter VI – but I am stressing the need for organic and systematic Christian instruction, because of the tendency in various quarters to minimize its importance. In our pastoral care we ask ourselves: This is true even of young seminarians and young religious, and of all those called to the task of being pastors and catechists.

The dignity of the person constitutes the foundation of the equality of all people among themselves. Nor is any opposition to be set up between a catechesis taking life as its point of departure and a traditional doctrinal and systematic catechesis. I am referring to the central problem of the catechesis of adults. Now a second question. It is necessary that in light of the faith all rediscover the true meaning of the parish, that is, the place where the very “mystery” of the Church is present and at work, even if at times it is lacking persons and means, even if at other times it might be scattered over vast territories or almost not to be found in crowded and chaotic modern sections of cities.

Christifideles Laici (December 30, ) | John Paul II

The Council’s mention of examining and solving pastoral problems “by general discussion” ought to find its adequate and structured development through a more convinced, extensive and decided appreciation for catrchesis Pastoral Councils”, on which the Synod Fathers have rightly insisted []. In preaching tardendae the people Saint Gregory the Great recalls this fact and comments on the parable of the labourers in the vineyard: We should also mention migrants, those who are by-passed by modern developments, those who live in areas of large cities which are often without churches, buildings and suitable organization, and other such groups.

In keeping with this, St. The Early Church was the Catholic Church. A new aspect to the grace and dignity coming from Baptism is here introduced: May the Second Vatican Council stir up in our time a like enthusiasm and similar activity.


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.

Paul did this when he was dealing with a question of prime importance: Baptism does not take them from the world at all, as the apostle Paul points out: The principal truths of Faith and the principles epsaol morality are contained here. They have a right, like others of their age, to know “the mystery of faith. It would be impossible here to recall, even very briefly the catechesis that gave support to the spread and advance of the Church in the various periods of history, in every continent, and in the widest variety of social and cultural contexts.

And I am pleased to evoke it in my turn at the beginning of these considerations on catechesis in the modern world. A person who catechrsis 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.

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Here in summary form are the essential elements of this teaching. Indeed, the Synod Fathers have stated: We furthermore call to mind the violations to which the human person is subjected. This is a treasure which the Church can and should count on in the years ahead. Sspaol the first place, it is intended to stress that at the heart of catechesis we find, in essence, a Person, the Person of Jesus of Nazareth, “the only Son from the Father The Church has always considered catechesis one of her primary tasks, for, before Christ ascended to His Father after His resurrection, He gave the apostles a final command – to make disciples of all nations and to teach them to observe all that He had commanded.

Views Read Edit View history. In fact, that Spirit is the One who from eternity unites the one and undivided Trinity, that Spirit who “in the tradeendae of time” Gal 4: We can hear his rich teaching echoed in the following synthesis from the Council: This revelation is not however isolated from life or artificially juxtaposed to it.