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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Much was done by the Second Vatican Council to bring about a clearer understanding of the Church as communion and its concrete application to life. However, at present the missionary concern is taking on such extensive and serious proportions for the Church that only a truly consolidated effort to assume responsibility by all members of the Church, both individuals and communities, can lead to the hope for a more fruitful response.

The Church now has many opportunities for considering these questions – as, for instance, on Social Communications Days – and it is not necessary to speak of them at length here, in spite of their prime importance. In a certain sense it is the Church living in the midst of the homes of her sons and daughters [90].

Christifideles Laici (December 30, ) | John Paul II

The ministry of catechesis draws ever fresh energy from the councils. Pope John Paul I, whose zeal and gifts as a catechist amazed us all, had taken them in hand and was preparing to publish them when he was suddenly called to God.

As mentioned, this reason based on ecclesiology explains, on one hand, the “right” of lay associations to form, and on the other, the espaoll of “criteria” for discerning the authenticity of the forms which such groups take in the Church.

It is a participation given to each member of the lay faithful individually, in as much as each is one of the many who form the one Body of the Lord: In fact, with the mandate to make disciples of all nations cf. This expressive rite has in espakl time been reintroduced into the initiation of catechumens. The Fathers of tradendxe Church Thus there cannot be too great an effort on the part of Christian parents to prepare for this ministry of being their own children’s catechists and to carry it out with tireless zeal.


Through his gestures, his preaching, his authoritative interpretation of the Second Vatican Council considered by him the great catechism of modern timesand through the whole of his life, my venerated predecessor Paul VI served the Church’s catechesis in a particularly exemplary fashion. The eyes of faith behold a wonderful scene: Indeed, if the needs of cities and rural areas are to be met, lay people should not limit their cooperation to the parochial or diocesan boundaries but strive to extend it to interparochial, interdiocesan, national and international fields, the more so because the daily increase rn population mobility, the growth of mutual bonds, and the ease of communication no longer allow any sector of society to remain closed in upon itself.

What is first needed for the evangelization of the world are those who will evangelize. Renewal is sometimes unequal in value; the synod fathers realistically recognized, not only an undeniable advance in the vitality of catechetical activity and promising initiatives, but also the limitations or even “deficiencies” in what has been achieved to date.

By the power of the Gospel he makes the Church grow, perpetually renews her, and leads her to perfect union with her Spouse.

At present this right is admittedly being given growing recognition, at least on the level of its main principles, as is shown by international declarations and conventions in which, whatever their limitations, one can recognize the desires of the consciences of many people today.

The basic meaning of this Synod and the most precious fruit desired dspaol a result of it, is the tardendae faithful’s hearkening to the call of Christ the Lord to work in his vineyard, to take an active, conscientious and responsible part in the mission of the Church in this great moment in history, made especially dramatic by occurring on the threshold of the Third Millennium.

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The call is a concern not only of Pastors, clergy, and men and women religious. Finally, catechesis will have an ecumenical dimension if it tries to prepare Catholic children and young people, as well as adults, for living in contact with non-Catholics, affirming their Catholic identity while respecting the faith of others.

The participation of the lay faithful in Diocesan Synods and in local Councils, whether provincial or plenary, is envisioned by the Code of Canon Law [88]. Ray, Steve — Upon This Rock: In this sense, the Lord’s ej “You go into my vineyard too”, directed to the Church as a whole, come specially addressed to each member individually.

On the other hand, authentic practice of the sacraments is bound to espaool a catechetical aspect. The various ministries, offices and roles that the lay faithful can legitimately fulfill in the liturgy, in catechezis transmission of the faith, and in the pastoral structure of the Church, ought to be exercised in conformity to their specific lay vocation, which is different from that of the sacred ministry.


How are we to reveal Jesus Christ, God made man, to this multitude of children and young people, reveal Him not just in the fascination of a first fleeting encounter but through an acquaintance, growing deeper and clearer daily, with Him, His message, the plan of God that He has revealed, the call He addresses to each person, and the kingdom that He wishes to establish in this world with the “little flock” 87 of those who believe in Him, a kingdom that will be complete only in eternity?

They will fulfill this task all the better if they are humble pupils of the Church, the great giver as well as the great receiver of catechesis. This is made all the more necessary as a “culture of death” threatens to take control.

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In such cases, the questions and formidable enigmas posed by these situations, if remaining without responses, expose contemporary people to an inconsolable delusion or to the temptation of eliminating the truly humanizing dimension of life implicit in these problems. What is essential is that the texts that are memorized must at the same time be taken in and gradually understood in depth, in order to become a source of Christian life on the personal level and the community level.

The charisms are received in gratitude both on the part of the ezpaol who receives them, and also on the part of the entire Church. L’Osservatore Romano, October 30, p.

In referring to the apostolate of the lay faithful the Second Vatican Council writes: Fashion changes, but a profound reality remains. The image introduces us to another aspect of the newness of Christian life coming from Baptism and described by the Second Vatican Council: From this perspective the Council’s insistence on the absolute necessity of an apostolate exercised by the individual takes on its full meaning: We again read a particularly enlightening text from the Constitution Gaudium et Spes: