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  • 1. Using The Catechism of the Catholic Church A complete summary of what Catholics throughout the world believe in common.
  • 2. What is the Catechism? The Catechism is a reference book that is intended to give the reader quick access to what the Catholic Church believes and teaches. The Catechism provides summaries; footnotes provide reference to original sources which serious scholars will consult. The word “catechism” means “instruction.” This Catechism was published in 1992 under the pontificate of Pope John Paul II. It was the first new Catechism published in 400 years.
  • 3. The Four PillarsThe Catechism is arranged in four sections, called “pillars”
  • 4. Pillar One What Catholic Believe: The Profession of Faith: elements of the faith that are found in the Creed (creedal elements)
  • 5. Pillar 2 What the Church celebrates: The Celebration of Christian Mystery: •Sacraments, including the Holy Eucharist •Sacramentals •Christian Funerals
  • 6. Pillar 3What the Church lives: Life in Christ • The Beatitudes • Moral Law and Freedom • Social Justice • Grace, conscience, sin • The 10 Commandments
  • 7. Pillar FourWhat the Church prays: Christian Prayer • The Scriptures • The Lord’s Prayer • Types of Prayer: petition, thanksgiving, praise, adoration • Expressions of Prayer: vocal, meditation, contemplation
  • 8. The Table of Contents Located at the beginning of the book • Organized by the Four Pillars • Page numbers are given for particular sections
  • 9. Inside each Pillar Sections are organized by chapters. Each paragraph is assigned a number. At the conclusion of each chapter, a section entitled “In Brief” summarizes the key points of the chapter.
  • 10. Footnotes Footnotes provide reference to the Scriptures, Magisterial documents and writings of saints, Doctors of the Church, and popes. Magisterial documents are official documents that are the work of a Church Council, a conference of bishops, a committee of bishops, or an individual bishop. (Remember that the Pope is the Bishop of Rome.)
  • 11. Glossary Some editions of the Catechism contain a glossary that explains some terms and expressions used in the Catechism.
  • 12. Subject Index Atthe end of the Catechism, there is a Subject Index. The numbers listed here are Paragraph numbers.
  • 13. Online You can access the Catechism online at • www.usccb.org • www.vatican.va • The online version is free and available in several languages.
  • 14. Quick Review In which Pillar would you find: • Information about Confirmation? • Information about abortion? • Information about the Trinity? • Information about how to pray? • The 10 Commandments? • Catholic Social Teaching?
  • 15. Quick Review In which Pillar would you find: • Information about Confirmation?: 2 • Information about abortion?: 3 • Information about the Trinity?: 1 • Information about how to pray?: 4 • The 10 Commandments? : 3 • Catholic Social Teaching?: 3
  • 16. Quick Review When using the Table of Contents, what do the numbers listed represent? When using the Subject Index, what do the listed numbers represent? When seeking quick information, what part of the chapter should one first consult?
  • 17. Quick Review When using the Table of Contents, what do the numbers listed represent? Pages When using the Subject Index, what do the listed numbers represent? Paragraphs When seeking quick information, what part of the chapter should one first consult? In Brief

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