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The Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Catechism and the Bible

The Catechsim of the Catholic Church is essential for developing a clear understaning of the Teachings of our faith. It is linked to The Holy Bible and never stands apart from it.  They are in dialogue with each other. As we study the Catechism, we will see many links to the Sacred Scripture and deepen our understanding of them.   Here is a link to the Vatican website English and Spanish text. Many other official translations are available on the Vatican website.
http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/_INDEX.HTM
Catecismo en Español   http://www.vatican.va/archive/catechism_sp/index_sp.html

Below is an outline of the Catechism which is divided into Four Parts. You might say it stands on four pillars of our faith:  Creeds/Profession of Faith, Celebrations/Sacraments, Commandments/Moral Life, Prayer


PROLOGUE

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 
SECTION ONE "I BELIEVE" - "WE BELIEVE"
CHAPTER ONE MAN'S CAPACITY FOR GOD

I. The Desire for God

II. Ways of Coming to Know God

III. The Knowledge of God According to the Church

IV. How Can We Speak about God?

IN BRIEF
 

CHAPTER TWO GOD COMES TO MEET MAN
Article 1 THE REVELATION OF GOD

I. God Reveals His "Plan of Loving Goodness"

II. The Stages of Revelation

III. Christ Jesus -- "Mediator and Fullness of All Revelation"

IN BRIEF
 

Article 2 THE TRANSMISSION OF DIVINE REVELATION

I. The Apostolic Tradition

II. The Relationship Between Tradition and Sacred Scripture

III. The Interpretation of the Heritage of Faith

IN BRIEF
 

Article 3 SACRED SCRIPTURE

I. Christ - The Unique Word of Sacred Scripture

II. Inspiration and Truth of Sacred Scripture

III. The Holy Spirit, Interpreter of Scripture

IV. The Canon of Scripture

V. Sacred Scripture in the Life of the Church

IN BRIEF
 

CHAPTER THREE MAN'S RESPONSE TO GODArticle 1 I BELIEVE

I. The Obedience of Faith

II. "I Know Whom I Have Believed"

III. The Characteristics of Faith
 

Article 2 WE BELIEVE

I. "Lord, Look Upon the Faith of Your Church"

II. The Language of Faith

III. Only One Faith

IN BRIEF

The Credo
 

SECTION TWO I. THE CREEDS
CHAPTER ONE I BELIEVE IN GOD THE FATHER
Article 1 "I BELIEVE IN GOD THE FATHER ALMIGHTY, CREATOR OF HEAVEN AND EARTH"

Paragraph 1. I BELIEVE IN GOD

Paragraph 2. THE FATHER

Paragraph 3. THE ALMIGHTY

Paragraph 4. THE CREATOR

Paragraph 5. HEAVEN AND EARTH

Paragraph 6. MAN

Paragraph 7. THE FALL
 

CHAPTER TWO I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, THE ONLY SON OF GOD
ARTICLE 2 "AND IN JESUS CHRIST, HIS ONLY SON, OUR LORD"

I. Jesus

II. Christ

III. The Only Son of God

IV. Lord

IN BRIEF
 

Article 3 "HE WAS CONCEIVED BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND WAS BORN OF THE VIRGIN MARY"

Paragraph 1. THE SON OF GOD BECAME MAN

Paragraph 2. "CONCEIVED BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND BORN OF THE VIRGIN MARY"

Paragraph 3. THE MYSTERIES OF CHRIST'S LIFE
 

Article 4 "JESUS CHRIST SUFFERED UNDER PONTIUS PILATE, WAS CRUCIFIED, DIED AND WAS BURIED"

Paragraph 1. JESUS AND ISRAEL

Paragraph 2. JESUS DIED CRUCIFIED

Paragraph 3. JESUS CHRIST WAS BURIED
 

Article 5 "HE DESCENDED INTO HELL. ON THE THIRD DAY HE ROSE AGAIN"

Paragraph 1. CHRIST DESCENDED INTO HELL

Paragraph 2. ON THE THIRD DAY HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD
 

Article 6 "HE ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN AND IS SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER"

IN BRIEF
 

Article 7 "FROM THENCE HE WILL COME AGAlN TO JUDGE THE LIVING AND THE DEAD"

I. He Will Come Again in Glory

II. To Judge the Living and the Dead

IN BRIEF
 

CHAPTER THREE I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
ARTICLE 8 "I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT"

I. The Joint Mission of the Son and the Spirit

II. The Name, Titles, and Symbols of the Holy Spirit

III. God's Spirit and Word in the Time of the Promises

IV. The Spirit of Christ in the Fullness of Time

V. The Spirit and the Church In the Last Days

IN BRIEF
 

Article 9 "I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH"

Paragraph 1. THE CHURCH IN GOD'S PLAN

Paragraph 2. THE CHURCH - PEOPLE OF GOD, BODY OF CHRIST, TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Paragraph 3. THE CHURCH IS ONE, HOLY, CATHOLIC, AND APOSTOLIC

Paragraph 4. CHRIST'S FAITHFUL - HIERARCHY, LAITY, CONSECRATED LIFE

Paragraph 5. THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS

Paragraph 6. MARY - MOTHER OF CHRIST, MOTHER OF THE CHURCH
 

Article 10 "I BELIEVE IN THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS"

I. One Baptism for the Forgiveness of Sins

II. The Power of the Keys
 

Article 11 "I BELIEVE IN THE RESURRECTION OF THE BODY"

I. Christ's Resurrection and Ours

II. Dying in Christ Jesus

IN BRIEF
 

Article 12 "I BELIEVE IN LIFE EVERLASTING"

I. The Particular Judgment

II. Heaven

III. The Final Purification, or Purgatory

IV. Hell

V. The Last Judgment

VI. Hope of the New Heaven and the New Earth

IN BRIEF

"Amen"
 


PART TWO: THE CELEBRATION OF THE CHRISTIAN MYSTERY
SECTION ONE THE SACRAMENTAL ECONOMY
CHAPTER ONE THE PASCHAL MYSTERY IN THE AGE OF THE CHURCH
Article 1 THE LITURGY - WORK OF THE HOLY TRINITY

I. The Father-Source and Goal of the Liturgy

II. Christ's Work in the Liturgy

III. The Holy Spirit and the Church in the Liturgy

IN BRIEF
 

Article 2 THE PASCHAL MYSTERY IN THE CHURCH'S SACRAMENTS

I. The Sacraments of Christ

II. The Sacraments of the Church

III. The Sacraments of Faith

IV. The Sacraments of Salvation

V. The Sacraments of Eternal Life

IN BRIEF
 

CHAPTER TWO THE SACRAMENTAL CELEBRATION OF THE PASCHAL MYSTERY
Article 1 CELEBRATING THE CHURCH'S LITURGY

I. Who Celebrates?

II. How is the Liturgy Celebrated?

III. When is the Liturgy Celebrated?

IV. Where is the Liturgy Celebrated?

IN BRIEF
 

Article 2 LITURGICAL DIVERSITY AND THE UNITY OF THE MYSTERY

IN BRIEF
 

SECTION TWO THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS OF THE CHURCH
CHAPTER ONE THE SACRAMENTS OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION
Article 1 THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

I. What is This Sacrament Called?

II. Baptism in the Economy of Salvation

III. How is the Sacrament of Baptism Celebrated?

IV. Who can Receive Baptism?

V. Who can Baptize?

VI. The Necessity of Baptism

VII. The Grace of Baptism

IN BRIEF
 

Article 2 THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION

I. Confirmation in the Economy of Salvation

II. The Signs and the Rite of Confirmation

III. The Effects of Confirmation

IV. Who can Receive This Sacrament?

V. The Minister of Confirmation

IN BRIEF
 

Article 3 THE SACRAMENT OF THE EUCHARIST

I. The Eucharist - Source and Summit of Ecclesial Life

II. What is This Sacrament Called?

III. The Eucharist in the Economy of Salvation

IV. The Liturgical Celebration of the Eucharist

V. The Sacramental Sacrifice Thanksgiving, Memorial, Presence

VI. The Paschal Banquet

VII. The Eucharist - "Pledge of the Glory To Come"

IN BRIEF
 

CHAPTER TWO THE SACRAMENTS OF HEALING
Article 4 THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE AND RECONCILIATION

I. What is This Sacrament Called?

II. Why a Sacrament of Reconciliation after Baptism?

III. The Conversion of the Baptized

IV. Interior Penance

V. The Many Forms of Penance in Christian Life

VI. The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation

VII. The Acts of the Penitent

VIII. The Minister of This Sacrament

IX. The Effects of This Sacrament

X. Indulgences

XI. The Celebration of the Sacrament of Penance

IN BRIEF
 

Article 5 THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK

I. Its Foundations in the Economy of Salvation

II. Who Receives and Who Administers This Sacrament?

III. How is This Sacrament Celebrated?

IV. The Effects of the Celebration of This Sacrament

V. Viaticum, the Last Sacrament of the Christian

IN BRIEF
 

CHAPTER THREE THE SACRAMENTS AT THE SERVICE OF COMMUNION
ARTICLE 6 THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY ORDERS

I. Why Is This Sacrament Called "Orders"?

II. The Sacrament of Holy Orders in the Economy of Salvation

III. The Three Degrees of the Sacrament of Holy Orders

IV. The Celebration of This Sacrament

V. Who Can Confer This Sacrament?

VI. Who Can Receive This Sacrament?

VII. The Effects of the Sacrament of Holy Orders

IN BRIEF
 

Article 7 THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY

I. Marriage in God's Plan

II. The Celebration of Marriage

III. Matrimonial Consent

IV. The Effects of the Sacrament of Matrimony

V. The Goods and Requirements of Conjugal Love

VI. The Domestic Church

IN BRIEF
 

CHAPTER FOUR OTHER LITURGICAL CELEBRATIONS
Article 1 SACRAMENTALS

IN BRIEF
 

Article 2 CHRISTIAN FUNERALS

I. The Christian's Last Passover

II. The Celebration of Funerals
 


PART THREE: LIFE IN CHRIST
SECTION ONE MAN'S VOCATION LIFE IN THE SPIRIT
CHAPTER ONE THE DIGNITY OF THE HUMAN PERSON
Article 1 MAN: THE IMAGE OF GOD

IN BRIEF
 

Article 2 OUR VOCATION TO BEATITUDE

I. The Beatitudes

II. The Desire for Happiness

III. Christian Beatitude

IN BRIEF
 

Article 3 MAN'S FREEDOM

I. Freedom and Responsibility

II. Human Freedom in the Economy of Salvation

IN BRIEF
 

Article 4 THE MORALITY OF HUMAN ACTS

I. The Sources of Morality

II. Good Acts and Evil Acts

IN BRIEF
 

Article 5 THE MORALITY OF THE PASSIONS

I. Passions

II. Passions and Moral Life

IN BRIEF
 

Article 6 MORAL CONSCIENCE

I. The Judgment of Conscience

II. The Formation of Conscience

III. To Choose in Accord With Conscience

IV. Erroneous Judgment

IN BRIEF
 

Article 7 THE VIRTUES

I. The Human Virtues

II. The Theological Virtues

III. The Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit

IN BRIEF
 

Article 8 SIN

I. Mercy and Sin

II. The Definition of Sin

III. The Different Kinds of Sins

IV. The Gravity of Sin: Mortal and Venial Sin

V. The Proliferation of Sin

IN BRIEF
 

CHAPTER TWO THE HUMAN COMMUNION
Article 1 THE PERSON AND SOCIETY

I. The Communal Character of the Human Vocation

II. Conversion and Society

IN BRIEF
 

Article 2 PARTICIPATION IN SOCIAL LIFE

I. Authority

II. The Common Good

III. Responsibility and Participation

IN BRIEF
 

Article 3 SOCIAL JUSTICE

I. Respect For the Human Person

II. Equality and Differences Among Men

III. Human Solidarity

IN BRIEF
 

CHAPTER THREE GOD'S SALVATION: LAW AND GRACE
Article 1 THE MORAL LAW

I. The Natural Moral Law

II. The Old Law

III. The New Law or the Law of the Gospel

IN BRIEF
 

Article 2 GRACE AND JUSTIFICATION

I. Justification

II. Grace

III. Merit

IV. Christian Holiness

IN BRIEF
 

Article 3 THE CHURCH, MOTHER AND TEACHER

I. Moral Life and the Magisterium of the Church

II. The Precepts of the Church

III. Moral Life and Missionary Witness

IN BRIEF
 

SECTION TWO THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

IN BRIEF
 

CHAPTER ONE YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND
Article 1 THE FIRST COMMANDMENT

I. "You Shall Worship the Lord Your God and Him Only Shall You Serve"

II. "Him Only Shall You Serve"

III. "You Shall Have No Other Gods Before Me"

IV. "You Shall Not Make For Yourself a Graven Image . . ."

IN BRIEF
 

Article 2 THE SECOND COMMANDMENT

I. The Name of the Lord is Holy

II. Taking the Name of the Lord in Vain

III. The Christian Name

IN BRIEF
 

Article 3 THE THIRD COMMANDMENT

I. The Sabbath Day

II. The Lord's Day

IN BRIEF
 

CHAPTER TWO YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF
ARTICLE 4 THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT

I. The Family in God's Plan

II. The Family and Society

III. The Duties of Family Members

IV. The Family and the Kingdom

V. The Authorities In Civil Society

IN BRIEF
 

Article 5 THE FIFTH COMMANDMENT

I. Respect for Human Life

II. Respect for the Dignity of Persons

III. Safeguarding Peace

IN BRIEF
 

Article 6 THE SIXTH COMMANDMENT

I. "Male and Female He Created Them . . ."

II. The Vocation to Chastity

III. The Love of Husband and Wife

IV. Offenses Against the Dignity of Marriage

IN BRIEF
 

Article 7 THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENT

I. The Universal Destination and the Private Ownership of Goods

II. Respect for Persons and Their Goods

III. The Social Doctrine of the Church

IV. Economic Activity and Social Justice

V. Justice and Solidarity Among Nations

VI. Love For the Poor

IN BRIEF
 

Article 8 THE EIGHTH COMMANDMENT

I. Living in the Truth

II. To Bear Witness to the Truth

III. Offenses Against Truth

IV. Respect for the Truth

V. The Use of the Social Communications Media

VI. Truth, Beauty, and Sacred Art

IN BRIEF
 

Article 9 THE NINTH COMMANDMENT

I. Purification of the Heart

II. The Battle for Purity

IN BRIEF
 

Article 10 THE TENTH COMMANDMENT

I. The Disorder of Covetous Desires

II. The Desires of the Spirit

III. Poverty of Heart

IV. "I Want to See God"

IN BRIEF
 


PART FOUR: CHRISTIAN PRAYER
SECTION ONE PRAYER IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
CHAPTER ONE THE REVELATION OF PRAYER - THE UNIVERSAL CALL TO PRAYER
Article 1 IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

IN BRIEF
 

Article 2 IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME

IN BRIEF
 

Article 3 IN THE AGE OF THE CHURCH

I. Blessing and Adoration

II. Prayer of Petition

III. Prayer of Intercession

IV. Prayer of Thanksgiving

V. Prayer of Praise

IN BRIEF
 

CHAPTER TWO THE TRADITION OF PRAYER
Article 1 AT THE WELLSPRINGS OF PRAYER

IN BRIEF
 

Article 2 THE WAY OF PRAYER

IN BRIEF
 

Article 3 GUIDES FOR PRAYER

IN BRIEF
 

CHAPTER THREE THE LIFE OF PRAYER
Article 1 EXPRESSIONS OF PRAYER

I. Vocal prayer

II. Meditation

III. Contemplative Prayer

IN BRIEF
 

Article 2 THE BATTLE OF PRAYER

I. Objections to Prayer

II. Humble Vigilance of Heart

III. Filial Trust

IV. Perservering in Love
 

Article 3 THE PRAYER OF THE HOUR OF JESUS

IN BRIEF
 

SECTION TWO THE LORD'S PRAYER
Article 1 "THE SUMMARY OF THE WHOLE GOSPEL"

I. At the Center of the Scriptures

II. The Lord's Prayer

III. The Prayer of the Church

IN BRIEF
 

Article 2 "OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN"

I. "We Dare To Say"

II. Abba - "Father!"

III. "Our" Father

IV. "Who Art in Heaven"

IN BRIEF
 

Article 3 THE SEVEN PETITIONS

I. "Hallowed be Thy Name"

II. "Thy Kingdom Come"

III. "Thy Will Be Done on Earth as It is in Heaven"

IV. "Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread"

V. "And Forgive Us Our Trespasses, as We Forgive Those Who Trespass AGAINST US"

VI. "And Lead Us not into Temptation"
 

Article 4 THE FINAL DOXOLOGY

IN BRIEF

 

 

 
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