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Live According to Truth

Gaudium et Spes 19§1 says this about why man exists: For man would not exist were he not created by God’s love and constantly preserved by it; and he cannot live fully according to truth unless he freely acknowledges that

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Posted in Catechism, Fides et Ratio, Vatican II

Know and Do

The Catechism is not intended to be a theological workbook. It’s intended, as we saw previously, for the bishops and for the creators of local catechetical materials. In short, it’s intended for the sake of helping them teach us. This

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The Catechism’s Audience

The CCC explicitly declares who its audience is, and perhaps it will seem a bit surprising: “This work is intended primarily for those responsible for catechesis: first of all the bishops, as teachers of the faith and pastors of the

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Catechesis and Disciple-Making

In the Great Commission Jesus commanded the apostles, “Go, therefore, make disciples of all nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands

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Posted in Catechism, Ecclesiology

May Catholics Speak Out?

Every so often Protestants suggest that the Church’s ecclesiology basically forbids Catholic laymen from professing or defending their faith, but this suggestion is mistaken. It’s worth acknowledging that this may be an entirely innocent misunderstanding. For example, in a recent

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Posted in Apologetics, Catechism, Vatican II

Digression on Mission

In our last episode we saw (among other things) that it’s important to know that those who claim to speak for God have been authorized to do so. I’d like to make a few related observations about this. How do

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The Necessity of the Gospel and the Church

In our last post we saw that God freely made us to have fellowship with Him. But that is not the whole story because of sin. Man turns his back on God. But God in His love acted to save

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Why we are here

I like what the CCC says about why God made us. God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life. For this reason, at

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