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Catechism of the Catholic Church

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Kathy McEldowney

on 15 August 2014

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Transcript of Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Catechism
of the
Catholic Church
"To present a complete exposition of Catholic doctrine, in order to allow everyone to know what the Church professes, celebrates, lives, and prays."
An education in the faith, which includes the teaching of Christian doctrine, with the intent to bring those taught into the fullness of Christian life.
The Four Pillars
Profession of Faith
Celebration of the Christian Mystery
Life in Christ
Christian Prayer
Explains the bit by bit.
Discusses Church
doctrine dogma
& .
The Church's teachings in all its forms.
A doctrine that has been expressly taught by the
The teaching authority of the Church, consisting of all the bishops lead by the bishop of Rome.
Nicene Creed
The Profession of Faith
(that we say at Mass).
Was written during the Councils of Nicaea (325 AD) and Constantinople (381 AD).
Explains how we worship Christ.
Two sections:
1) The sacramental
2) The seven sacraments.
The communication of the fruits of Christ’s death and Resurrection through the sacraments.
This section is second because worship comes from knowledge and understanding.
This section deals with morality.
We know, we believe, and now we live the faith.
This section discusses the meaning and importance of prayer.
Brings together all the other aspect of faith:
1) Prayer deals with what we believe.
2) Prayer is liturgical.
3) Prayer is integral to a moral life.
Reading the Catechism
Paragraphs are numbered →
Dense paragraphs - can get a lot out of them.
Footnotes - contain Scriptural references, and references to other Church documents.
Citing the Catechism:



Example: CCC 5
Published in English in 1994.
Officially promulgated by Pope John Paul II in 1992.
Decision to create a new Catechism was decided in 1985.
A revised second edition was released in 1997 in Latin and had to be retranslated into English.
Goes in depth into the meaning of the .
Our Father
The prayer given to us by Jesus.
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