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For a deeper understanding of such passages, the reader should refer to the Scriptural texts themselves. Such Biblical references are a valuable working-tool in catechesis. 20 The use of small print in certain passages indicates observations of an historical or apologetic nature, or supplementary doctrinal explanations. ) 21 The quotations, also in small print, from patristic, liturgical, magisterial or hagiographical sources, are intended to enrich the doctrinal presentations. These texts have often been chosen with a view to direct catechetical use.

The Doctrinal Value of the Text The Catechism of the Catholic Church, which I approved June 25th last and the publication of which I today order by virtue of my Apostolic Authority, is a statement of the Church’s faith and of catholic doctrine, attested to or illumined by Sacred Scripture, the Apostolic Tradition, and the Church’s Magisterium. I declare it to be a sure norm for teaching the faith and thus a valid and legitimate instrument for ecclesial communion. May it serve the renewal to which the Holy Spirit ceaselessly calls the Church of God, the Body of Christ, on her pilgrimage to the undiminished light of the Kingdom!

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.

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