II y la catequesis: Con la Exhortacion Apostolica Catechesi tradendae . de la XXXII Asamblea Plenaria del Episcopado Espanol (Coleccion. Upcoming and On-Demand Catechetical and sacrament preparation webinars, presenting the teachings of the Catholic Church. Webinars available in Spanish. Exortação Apostólica «Catechesi Tradendae» ao Episcopado, João Paulo II. Published by Editorial A. O., Braga (). Used. Softcover. Quantity Available: 1.

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This means that “catechesis” must often concern itself not only with nourishing and teaching the faith, but also with arousing it unceasingly with the help of grace, with opening the heart, with converting, and with preparing total adherence to Jesus Christ on the part of those who are still on the threshold of faith.

Stephen, “full of grace and power,” taught unceasingly, moved by the wisdom of the Spirit. The goal of the document is to indicate the role of lay participation in human society. Paul very forcefully calls “emptying the cross of Christ of its power. Synodus Episcoporum, De catechesi hoc nostro tempore tradenda praesertim pueris atque invenibus, Ad Populum Dei Nuntius, 1: The synod rightly insisted on the need for catechesis to remain above one-sided divergent trends – to avoid “dichotomies” – even in the field of theological interpretation of such questions.

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It is important to explain that the history of the human race, marked as it is by grace and sin, greatness and misery, is taken up by God in His Son Jesus, “foreshadowing in some way the age which is to come. The theme designated by my predecessor Paul VI for the fourth general assembly of the synod of Bishops was: The Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii nuntiandi of December 8,on evangelization in the modern world, rightly stressed that evangelization – which has the aim of bringing the Good News to the whole of humanity, so that all may live by it – is a rich, complex and dynamic reality, made up of elements, or one could say moments, that are essential and different from each other, and that must all be kept in view simultaneously.

Augustine is very explicit: This page was last edited on 7 Januaryat These considerations follow in the wake of the great traditions of the Church and they all strengthen our fervor with regard to Christ, the Teacher who reveals God to man and man to himself, the Teacher who saves, sanctifies and guides, who lives, who speaks, rouses, moves, redresses, judges, forgives, and goes with us day by day on the path of history, the Teacher who comes and will come in glory.


Teachers, the various ministers of the Church, catechists, and also organizers of social communications, all have in various degrees very precise responsibilities in this education of the believing conscience, an education that is important for the life of the Church and affects the life of society as such.

In certain places, the desire to find the best forms of expression or to keep up with fashions in 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.

Among the many prestigious sciences of man that are nowadays making immense advances, pedagogy is certainly one of the most important. In fact, it is natural that techniques perfected and tested for education in general should be adapted for the service of education in the faith.

In this manner it will be able to offer these cultures the knowledge of the hidden mystery 95 and help them to bring forth from their own living tradition original expressions of Christian life, celebration and thought.

Besides, integrity does not dispense from balance and from the organic hierarchical character through which the truths to be taught, the norms to be transmitted, and the ways of Christian life to be indicated will be given the proper importance due to each.

It is true that catechesis can be given anywhere, but I wish to stress, in accordance with the desire of very many Bishops, that the parish community must continue to be the prime mover and pre- eminent place for catechesis.

Archived from the original on 11 February Augustine in this regard, “in accordance with each one’s spiritual capacity. Paul, he merited His glorious resurrection, can speak eloquently to the adolescent’s conscience and heart and cast light on his first sufferings and on the suffering of the world that he is discovering.


When that power enters into a espao, it is no surprise that it rectifies many of its elements. In this he finds reasons for pastoral concern but principally a source of joy and hope. All these are traits that distinguish a young person from his or her companions as a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Augustine encountered this same problem and contributed to its solution for his own time with his wellknown work De Catechizandis Rudibus. The family’s catechetical activity has a special character, which is in a sense irreplaceable. Catechesis will teach this to them, and it will itself be the first to benefit from it: A certain number of children baptized in infancy come for catechesis in the parish without receiving any other initiation into the faith and still without any explicit personal attachment to Jesus Christ; they only have the capacity to believe placed within them by Baptism and the presence of the Holy Spirit; and opposition is quickly created by the prejudices of their non-Christian family background or of the positivist spirit of their education.

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Among the adults who need catechesis, our pastoral missionary concern is directed to those who were born and reared in areas not yet Christianized, and who have never been able to study deeply the Christian teaching that the circumstances of life cqtechesi at a certain moment caused them to come across.

AAS 68p. At this point another observation must be made on the same lines but from a different point of view.

The one message – the Good News of salvation – that has been heard once or hundreds of times and has been accepted with the heart, is in catechesis probed unceasingly by reflection and systematic study, by awareness of its repercussions on one’s personal life – an awareness calling for ever greater commitment – and by inserting it into an organic and harmonious whole, namely, Christian living in society and the world.

And I am pleased to evoke espao in my turn at the beginning of these considerations on catechesis in the modern world.