Christifideles laici is a post-synodal apostolic exhortation of Pope John Paul II, signed in Rome work in catechesis with parents being the primary catechists of their children. Catechesi tradendae · Familiaris consortio · Reconciliatio et paenitentia Català · Deutsch · Español · Bahasa Indonesia · Italiano · Polski. put the human soul not only in touch, but in communion with Jesus Christ. (~ Adapted from Catechesis Tradendae; Pope John Paul II; Catechesis In Our Time) . •The importance of the laity, of catechesis in mission work. Catechesi Tradendae is the Apostolic Exhortation of John Paul II on Catechesis given in Rome.

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Christifideles Laici (December 30, ) | John Paul II

The more Gospel-inspired lay people there are engaged in these realities, clearly involved in them, competent to promote them and conscious that they must exercise to the full their Christian powers which are often repressed and buried, the more these realities will be at the service of the Kingdom of God and therefore at the service of salvation in Jesus Christ, without in any way losing or sacrificing their human content but rather pointing to a transcendent dimension which is often disregarded” [76].

It is true that being a Christian means saying “yes” to Jesus Christ, but let us remember that this “yes” has two levels: The goal of the document is to indicate the role of lay participation in human society.

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They have a right, like others of their age, to know “the mystery of faith. The “old man” is stripped away for a reclothing with “the new man”, that is, with Jesus himself: In such a way individuals are sharers in the threefold mission of Christ in virtue of their being members of the Church, as St.

Entire groups of human beings have been seriously afflicted. Baptism symbolizes and brings about a mystical but real incorporation into the crucified and glorious body of Christ. It has been said that ours is the time of “humanism”: Catechesis will have an ecumenical dimension if, in addition, it creates and fosters a true desire for unity.


The participation of the lay faithful in Diocesan Synods and in local Councils, whether provincial or plenary, is envisioned by the Code of Canon Law [88]. It is a document of life.

The opportunity for such communion is present in the Word of God and in the Sacraments. All this is no less evangelical than the kerygma, in spite of what is said by certain people who consider that catechesis necessarily rationalizes, dries up and catefhesis kills all that is living, spontaneous and vibrant in the kerygma.

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The following basic criteria might be helpful in evaluating an association of the lay faithful in the Church:. On the other hand, totally unsupressible is that human longing experienced by individuals and whole peoples for the inestimable good of peace in justice. The Spirit is thus promised to the Church and to each Christian as a teacher within, who, in the secret of the conscience and the heart, makes one understand what one has heard but was not capable of grasping: Just as personal dignity is the foundation of equality of all people among themselves, so it is also the foundation of participation and solidarity of all people among themselves: The Second Vatican Council openly proclaimed: I am returning this time, taking a more overall view, to the “places” for catechesis, some of which have already been mentioned in chapter VI: The participation of the lay faithful in these Councils can broaden resources in consultation and the principle of collaboration-and in certain instances also in decision-making – if applied in a broad and determined manner [87].

The Letter to the Hebrews says that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. They are particularly meaningful images because they speak not only of the deep involvement and the full participation of the lay faithful in the affairs of the earth, the world and the human community, but also and above all, they tell of the radical newness and unique character of an involvement and participation which has as its purpose the spreading of the Gospel that brings salvation.

All this has extensive influence in the field tracendae catechesis. It is necessary that in light of the faith all rediscover the true meaning of the parish, that is, the place where the very “mystery” of the Church is present and at work, even if at times it is lacking persons and means, even if at other rtadendae it might be scattered over vast territories or almost not to be found in crowded and chaotic modern sections of cities.


Thus they should be concerned about the needs of the People of God scattered throughout the world” [86]. From infancy until the threshold of maturity, catechesis is thus a permanent school of the faith and follows the major stages of life, like tradenda beacon lighting the path of the child, the adolescent and the young person.

Nor can the two be simply identified with each other. However, the Kingdom is the source of full liberation and total salvation for all people: We refer you to the paragraph in the Catechism that speaks of the sanctorum dspaol, ‘the Communion of Saints’.

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The dignity as a Christian, the source of equality for all members of the Church, guarantees and fosters the spirit of communion and fellowship, and, at the same time, becomes the hidden dynamic force in the lay faithful’s apostolate and mission.

The entire mission of the Church, then, is concentrated and manifested in evangelization. AAS 63pp.

In this way every association of the faithful in the Church has by definition the duty to educate in the faith. Such a manner is designated with the expression “secular character” [32]. Christians today must be formed to live in a world which largely ignores God or which, in religious matters, in place of an exacting and fraternal dialogue, stimulating for all, too often flounders in a debasing indifferentism, if it does not remain in a scornful attitude of “suspicion” in the name of the progress it has made in the field of scientific “explanations.

We can speak of a new era of group endeavours of the lay faithful.