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Catholic teaching presented in an organic and systematic way, with proportionate emphasis on each subject. Catechesis prepares the student for Catholic spiritual life on earth, which in turn will prepare him for eternal life in heaven.
CCC 5 “Catechesis is an education in the faith of children, young people, and adults which includes especially the teaching of Christian doctrine imparted, generally speaking, in an organic and systematic way, with a view to initiating the hearers into the fullness of Christian life.
CCC 426 “At the heart of catechesis we find, in essence, a Person, the Person of Jesus of Nazareth, the only Son from the Father ... who suffered and died for us and who now, after rising, is living with us forever. To catechize is to reveal in the Person of Christ the whole of God’s eternal design reaching fulfillment in that Person. It is to seek to understand the meaning of Christ’s actions and words and of the signs worked by him. Catechesis aims at putting people ... in communion ... with Jesus Christ: only he can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Holy Trinity.”
CCC 427 “In catechesis Christ, the Incarnate Word and Son of God, ... is taught -- everything else is taught with reference to him -- and it is Christ alone who teaches -- anyone else teaches to the extent that he is Christ’s spokesman, enabling Christ to teach with his lips ... Every catechist should be able to supply himself the mysterious words of Jesus: ’My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.” Jn 7:16
Pope John Paul II wrote an apostolic exhortation, Catechesi Tradendae, on October 16, 1979, which has more information.
Catechism of the Catholic Church # 4-10
General Directory for Catechesis published by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy.
Most Rev. Raymond L. Burke, of the Diocese of St. Louis, wrote an excellent Commentary on the General Directory for Catechesis, which contains a wealth of practical information for preparing programs of catechesis.
The Marian Catechists are the premier Catholic organization promoting catechesis faithful to the Magisterium.
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