Catechesi tradendae EN
JOHN PAUL II
APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION
"CATECHESI TRADENDAE"
ON CATECHESIS IN OUR TIME
October 16, 1979
Copyright Libreria Editrice Vaticana
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Headings

APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION

CATECHESI TRADENDAE

OF POPE

JOHN PAUL II

ON CATECHESIS IN OUR TIME


INTRODUCTION

1
Christ's Final Command

2 Paul VI's Solicitude
3 A Fruitful Synod
4 Purpose of This Exhortation

I.


WE HAVE BUT ONE TEACHER, JESUS CHRIST


5 Putting Into Communion With the Person of Christ
6 Transmitting Christ's Teaching
7 Christ the Teacher
8 The One "Teacher"
9 Teaching Through His Life as a Whole

II.


AN EXPERIENCE AS OLD AS THE CHURCH


10 The Mission of the Apostles
11 Catechesis in the Apostolic Age
12 The Fathers of the Church
13 Councils and Missionary Activity
14 Catechesis as the Church's Right and Duty
15 Priority of This Task
16 Shared But Differentiated Responsibility
17 Continual Balanced Renewal

III.


CATECHESIS IN THE CHURCH'S PASTORAL AND MISSIONARY ACTIVITY


18 Catechesis as a Stage in Evangelization
19 Catechesis and the Initial Proclamation of the Gospel
20 Specific Aim of Catechesis
21 Need for Systematic Catechesis
22 Catechesis and Life Experience
23 Catechesis and Sacraments
24 Catechesis and Ecclesial Community
25 Catechesis in the Wide Sense Necessary for Maturity and Strength of Faith

IV.



THE WHOLE OF THE GOOD NEWS DRAWN FROM ITS SOURCE
26 Content of the Message
27 The Source
28 The Creed, an Exceptionally Important Expression of Doctrine
29 Factors That Must Not Be Neglected
30 Integrity of Content
31 By Means of Suitable Pedagogical Methods
32 Ecumenical Dimension of Catechesis
33 Ecumenical Collaboration in the Field of Catechesis
34 The Question of Textbooks Dealing with the Various Religions

V.
EVERYBODY NEEDS TO BE CATECHIZED

35 The Importance of Children and the Young
36 Infants
37 Children
38 Adolescents
39 The Young
40 The Adaptation of Catechesis for Young People
41 The Handicapped
42 Young People Without Religious Support
43 Adults
44 Quasi-Catechumens
45 Diversified and Complementary Forms of Catechesis

VI.


SOME WAYS AND MEANS OF CATECHESIS


46 Communications Media
47 Utilization of Various Places, Occasions and Gatherings
48 The Homily
49 Catechetical Literature
50 Catechisms

VII.


HOW TO IMPART CATECHESIS


51 Diversity of Methods
52 At the Service of Revelation and Conversion
53 The Message Embodied in Cultures
54 The Contribution of Popular Devotion
55 Memorization

VIII.


THE JOY OF FAITH IN A TROUBLED WORLD


56 Affirming Christian Identity
57 In an Indifferent World
58 With the Original Pedagogy of the Faith
59 Language Suited to the Service of the Credo
60 Research and Certainty of Faith
61 Catechesis and Theology

IX.


THE TASK CONCERNS US ALL


62 Encouragement to All Responsible for Catechesis
63 Bishops
64 Priests
65 Men and Women Religious
66 Lay Catechists
67 In the Parish
68 In the Family
69 At School
70 Within Organizations
71 Training Institutes

CONCLUSION


72 The Holy Spirit, the Teacher Within
73 Mary, Mother and Model of the Disciple