Catechism

Part one

The Profession of Faith

INDEX


SECTION ONE "I BELIEVE" - "WE BELIEVE"

26 We begin our profession of faith by saying: "I believe" or "We believe". Before expounding the Church's faith, as confessed in the Creed, celebrated in the liturgy and lived in observance of God's commandments and in prayer, we must first ask what "to believe" means. Faith is man's response to God, who reveals himself and gives himself to man, at the same time bringing man a superabundant light as he searches for the ultimate meaning of his life. Thus we shall consider first that search (Chapter One), then the divine Revelation by which God comes to meet man (Chapter Two), and finally the response of faith (Chapter Three).

I. The Desire for God

II. Ways of Coming to Know Christ

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


​50 By natural reason man can know God with certainty, on the basis of his works. But there is another order of knowledge, which man cannot possibly arrive at by his own powers: the order of divine Revelation. Through an utterly free decision, God has revealed himself and given himself to man. This he does by revealing the mystery, his plan of loving goodness, formed from all eternity in Christ, for the benefit of all men. God has fully revealed this plan by sending us his beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.


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 GOD

142 By his Revelation, "the invisible God, from the fullness of his love, addresses men as his friends, and moves among them, in order to invite and receive them into his own company." The adequate response to this invitation is faith.

143 By faith, man completely submits his intellect and his will to God. With his whole being man gives his assent to God the revealer. Sacred Scripture calls this human response to God, the author of revelation, "the obedience of faith".



Article 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 : THE CREEDS


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 His only Son Our Lord


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 AGAIN TO JUDGE THE LIVING AND THE DEAD"

I. He Will Come Again in Glory

II. To Judge the Living and the Dead

IN BRIEF


​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"

​Introduction

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"