Catechisms of the Catholic Church


Catechisms of the Catholic Church

Merriam-Webster defines "catechism" as "a collection of questions and answers that are used to teach people about the Christian religion." The Concise Encyclopedia elaborates: "Manual of religious instruction usually arranged in the form of questions and answers and used to instruct the young, win converts, and testify to the faith. The medieval catechism concentrated on the meaning of faith, hope, and charity."

PROLOGUE

The prologue contains the following sections:

I. The life of man - to know and love God II. Handing on the Faith: Catechesis III. The Aim and Intended Readership of the Catechism IV. Structure of this Catechism V. Practical Directions for Using this Catechism VI. Necessary Adaptations

PART ONE: THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

Part One contains the following sections:

SECTION ONE: "I BELIEVE" - "WE BELIEVE" CHAPTER ONE: MAN'S CAPACITY FOR GOD CHAPTER TWO: GOD COMES TO MEET MAN CHAPTER THREE: MAN'S RESPONSE TO GOD

SECTION TWO: THE CREEDS CHAPTER ONE: I BELIEVE IN GOD THE FATHER CHAPTER TWO: I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, THE ONLY SON OF GOD CHAPTER THREE: I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

PART TWO: THE CELEBRATION OF THE CHRISTIAN MYSTERY

Part Two contains the following sections:

SECTION ONE: THE SACRAMENTAL ECONOMY CHAPTER ONE: THE PASCHAL MYSTERY IN THE AGE OF THE CHURCH CHAPTER TWO: THE SACRAMENTAL CELEBRATION OF THE PASCHAL MYSTERY

SECTION TWO: THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS OF THE CHURCH CHAPTER ONE: THE SACRAMENTS OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION CHAPTER TWO: THE SACRAMENTS OF HEALING CHAPTER THREE: THE SACRAMENTS AT THE SERVICE OF COMMUNION CHAPTER FOUR: OTHER LITURGICAL CELEBRATIONS

PART THREE: LIFE IN CHRIST

Part Three contains the following sections:

SECTION ONE: MAN'S VOCATION LIFE IN THE SPIRIT CHAPTER ONE: THE DIGNITY OF THE HUMAN PERSON CHAPTER TWO: THE HUMAN COMMUNION CHAPTER THREE: GOD'S SALVATION: LAW AND GRACE

SECTION TWO: THE TEN COMMANDMENTS CHAPTER ONE: YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND CHAPTER TWO: YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF

PART FOUR: CHRISTIAN PRAYER

Part Four contains the following sections:

SECTION ONE PRAYER IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE CHAPTER ONE: THE REVELATION OF PRAYER - THE UNIVERSAL CALL TO PRAYER CHAPTER TWO: THE TRADITION OF PRAYER CHAPTER THREE: THE LIFE OF PRAYER

SECTION TWO THE LORD'S PRAYER