Catechism of the Catholic Church

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The Catechism of the Catholic Church is a Creation Template. It is the official compendium of the essential teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. It covers all aspects of faith and morals, organizing its content around the four pillars of the Church: the Creed (belief in the truths of faith), the Sacraments (celebrations of faith), the Commandments (life in Christ and the moral law), and Prayer. Commissioned by Pope John Paul II in the wake of the Second Vatican Council, it was promulgated in 1992 and serves as a reference and instructional tool for both clergy and laity.

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Online and available here - https://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/_INDEX.HTM

Part One: The Profession of Faith

Section One

According to the catechism, reason is sufficient to attain "true and certain knowledge of the one personal god...and of the natural law written in our hearts by the Creator" but "many obstacles which prevent reason from the effective and fruitful use of this inborn faculty. For the truths that concern the relations between God and man wholly transcend the visible order of things, and, if they are translated into human action and influence it, they call for self-surrender and abnegation. The human mind, in its turn, is hampered in the attaining of such truths, not only by the impact of the senses and the imagination, but also by disordered appetites which are the consequences of original sin. This is why man stands in need of being enlightened by God's revelation," [1]

But reason isn't the complete story. You also need "revelation." "By natural reason man can know God with certainty, on the basis of his works. But there is another order of knowledge, which man cannot possibly arrive at by his own powers: the order of divine Revelation....This he does by revealing the mystery, his plan of loving goodness, formed from all eternity in Christ, for the benefit of all men. God has fully revealed this plan by sending us his beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit....It involves a specific divine pedagogy: God communicates himself to man gradually. He prepares him to " [2]

Revelation is part of some process of "salvation" but what "heavenly salvation"[3] means seems poorly specified in Section one of the catechism. Salvation is also layed squarely on a "hero" figure, Christ.[4]

Ch2
Article 2

Authority: A series of statement asserting the divine authority of bishops and the Church to teach the Gospel, placing bishops inline with the apostolic tradition and participating in the "Living Transmission" of Tradition. "Through Tradition, "the Church, in her doctrine, life and worship, perpetuates and transmits to every generation all that she herself is, all that she believes. The sayings of the holy Fathers are a witness to the life-giving presence of this Tradition, showing how its riches are poured out in the practice and life of the Church, in her belief and her prayer."[5] Additional statements on the authority of "mother" Church are made in Part one, Section one, Chapter Three, Article 2, In brief. [6]

"The task of giving an authentic interpretation of the Word of God, whether in its written form or in the form of Tradition, has been entrusted to the living teaching office of the Church alone. Its authority in this matter is exercised in the name of Jesus Christ."47 This means that the task of interpretation has been entrusted to the bishops in communion with the successor of Peter, the Bishop of Rome."[7]

Note here again how revelation, scripture, teachings are located in System Agents working for the Church.Section

Section III of Article 2 seems to leave space for Connection Experience "All the faithful share in understanding and handing on revealed truth. They have received the anointing of the Holy Spirit, who instructs them53 and guides them into all truth."[8]

Article 3 Sacred Scripture

Some statements about how sacred" scripture is authoritative, and how it is to be constantly presented to the faithful as the "bread of life."[9]

Some statements about How god is the author of the scripture.

Some assertions that the scriptural cannon consists of the 45 old and 27 new testament books.

Ch3 Man's response to God
Article 1

Some statements defining Faith as obedience,[10] to God, to Christ,

Additional statements suggesting belief is important, and then a careful delineation, in chapters one, two, and three of Section Two The Creeds of what the "faithful" are supposed to believe.


Footnotes

  1. Vatican. The Catechism of the Catholic Church. Vatican City: Vatican, 1992. https://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/__PB.HTM
  2. Vatican. The Catechism of the Catholic Church. Vatican City: Vatican, 1992. https://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/__PE.HTM
  3. https://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/__PG.HTM
  4. Vatican. The Catechism of the Catholic Church. Vatican City: Vatican, 1992. https://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/__PH.HTM
  5. Vatican. The Catechism of the Catholic Church. Vatican City: Vatican, 1992. https://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/__PK.HTM
  6. Vatican. The Catechism of the Catholic Church. Vatican City: Vatican, 1992. vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/__P12.HTM
  7. Vatican. The Catechism of the Catholic Church. Vatican City: Vatican, 1992. https://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/__PM.HTM
  8. Vatican. The Catechism of the Catholic Church. Vatican City: Vatican, 1992. https://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/__PM.HTM
  9. Vatican. The Catechism of the Catholic Church. Vatican City: Vatican, 1992. https://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/__PO.HTM
  10. Vatican. The Catechism of the Catholic Church. Vatican City: Vatican, 1992. https://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/__PV.HTM