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THE CATECHISM
OF THE
CATHOLIC CHURCH


(2nd EDITION)

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PROLOGUE
  1. The Life of Man - To Know and Love God
  2. Handing on the Faith: Catechesis
  3. The Aim and Intended Readership of This Catechism
  4. Structure of This Catechism
  5. Practical Directions for Using This Catechism
  6. Necessary Adaptations

SECTION ONE: "I BELIEVE" - "WE BELIEVE"
CHAPTER ONE: MAN'S CAPACITY FOR GOD
  1. The Desire for God
  2. Ways of Coming to Know God
  3. The Knowledge of God According to the Church
  4. How Can We Speak about God?

  5. IN BRIEF
CHAPTER TWO: GOD COMES TO MEET MAN
  1. God Reveals His "Plan of Loving Goodness"
  2. The Stages of Revelation
  3. Christ Jesus - "Mediator and Fullness of All Revelation"

  4. IN BRIEF
ARTICLE 1: THE REVELATION OF GOD

ARTICLE 2: THE TRANSMISSION OF DIVINE REVELATION
  1. Apostolic Tradition
  2. The Relationship between Tradition and Sacred Scripture
  3. The Interpretation of the Heritage of Faith

  4. IN BRIEF
ARTICLE 3: SACRED SCRIPTURE
  1. Christ - The unique Word of Sacred Scripture
  2. Inspiration and Truth of Sacred Scripture
  3. The Holy Spirit, Interpreter of Scripture
  4. The Canon of Scripture
  5. Sacred Scripture in the Life of the Church

  6. IN BRIEF
CHAPTER THREE: MAN'S RESPONSE TO GOD
ARTICLE 1: I BELIEVE
  1. The Obedience of Faith
  2. "I Know Whom I Have Believed"
  3. The Characteristics of Faith
ARTICLE 2: WE BELIEVE
  1. "Lord, Look Upon the Faith of Your Church"
  2. The Language of Faith
  3. Only One Faith

  4. IN BRIEF
The Credo Chart
SECTION TWO: THE PROFESSION OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH
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
  1. "I Believe in One God"
  2. God Reveals His Name
  3. God, "He Who Is," Is Truth and Love
  4. The Implications of Faith in One God

  5. IN BRIEF
Paragraph 2. The Father
  1. "In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit"
  2. The Revelation of God as Trinity
  3. The Holy Trinity in the Teaching of the Faith
  4. The Divine Works and the Trinitarian Missions

  5. IN BRIEF
Paragraph 3. The Almighty
IN BRIEF
Paragraph 4. The Creator
  1. Catechesis on Creation
  2. Creation - Work of the Holy Trinity
  3. "The World Was Created for the Glory of God"
  4. The Mystery of Creation
  5. God Carries Out His Plan: Divine Providence

  6. IN BRIEF
Paragraph 5. Heaven and Earth
  1. The Angels
  2. The Visible World

  3. IN BRIEF
Paragraph 6. Man
  1. "In the Image of God"
  2. "Body and Soul but Truly One"
  3. "Male and Female He Created Them"
  4. Man in Paradise
  5. IN BRIEF
Paragraph 7. The Fall
  1. Where Sin Abounded, Grace Abounded All the More
  2. The Fall of the Angels
  3. Original Sin
  4. "You Did Not Abandon Him to the Power of Death"

  5. IN BRIEF
CHAPTER TWO: I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, THE ONLY SON OF GOD

ARTICLE 2: "AND IN JESUS CHRIST, HIS ONLY SON, OUR LORD"
  1. Jesus
  2. Christ
  3. The Only Son of God
  4. Lord

  5. 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
  1. Why Did the Word Become Flesh?
  2. The Incarnation
  3. True God and True Man
  4. How Is the Son of God Man?

  5. IN BRIEF
Paragraph 2. "Conceived by the Power of the Holy Spirit and Born of the Virgin Mary"
  1. Conceived by the Power of the Holy Spirit. . .
  2. . . .Born of the Virgin Mary

  3. IN BRIEF
Paragraph 3. "The Mysteries of Christ's Life"
  1. Christ's Whole Life Is Mystery
  2. The Mysteries of Jesus' Infancy and Hidden Life
  3. The Mysteries of Jesus' Public Life

  4. IN BRIEF
ARTICLE 4: "JESUS CHRIST SUFFERED UNDER PONTIUS PILATE, WAS CRUCIFIED, DIED, AND WAS BURIED"
Paragraph 1. Jesus and Israel
  1. Jesus and the Law
  2. Jesus and the Temple
  3. Jesus and Israel's Faith in the One God and Savior

  4. IN BRIEF
Paragraph 2. Jesus Died Crucified
  1. The Trial of Jesus
  2. Christ's Redemptive Death in God's Plan of Salvation
  3. Christ Offered Himself to his Father for Our Sins
  4. IN BRIEF
Paragraph 3. Jesus Christ Was Buried
IN BRIEF
ARTICLE 5: "HE DESCENDED INTO HELL ON THE THIRD DAY HE ROSE AGAIN"
Paragraph 1. Christ Descended into Hell
IN BRIEF
Paragraph 2. On the Third Day He Rose from the Dead
  1. The Historical and Transcendent Event
  2. The Resurrection - A Work of the Holy Trinity
  3. The Meaning and Saving Significance of the Resurrection
  4. IN BRIEF
ARTICLE 6: "HE ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN AND IS SEATED"
  1. At the right hand of the Father

  2. IN BRIEF
ARTICLE 7: "FROM THENCE HE WILL COME AGAIN TO JUDGE THE LIVING AND THE DEAD"
  1. He Will Come Again in Glory
  2. To Judge the Living and the Dead

  3. IN BRIEF
CHAPTER THREE: I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

ARTICLE 8: "I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT"
  1. The Joint Mission of the Son and the Spirit
  2. The Names, Titles, and Symbols of the Holy Spirit
  3. God's Spirit and Word in the Time of the Promises
  4. The Spirit of Christ in the Fullness of Time
  5. The Spirit and the Church in the Last Days

  6. IN BRIEF
ARTICLE 9: "I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH"
Paragraph 1. The Church in God's Plan
  1. Names and Images of the Church
  2. The Church's Origin, Foundation, and Mission
  3. The Mystery of the Church

  4. IN BRIEF
Paragraph 2. The Church - People of God, Body of Chrict, Temple of the Holy Spirit
  1. The Church - People of God
  2. The Church - Body of Chirst
  3. The Church is the Temple of the Holy Spirit

  4. IN BRIEF
Paragraph 3. The Church is One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic
  1. The Church Is One
  2. The Church Is Holy
  3. The Church Is Catholic
  4. The Church Is Apostolic

  5. IN BRIEF
Paragraph 4. Christ's Faithful - Hierarchy, Laity, Consecrated Life
  1. The Hierarchical Constitution of the Church
  2. The Lay Faithful
  3. The Consecrated Life

  4. IN BRIEF
Paragraph 5. The Communion of Saints
  1. Communion in Spiritual Goods
  2. The Communion of the Church of Heaven and Earth

  3. IN BRIEF
Paragraph 6. Mary - Mother of Christ, Mother of the Church
  1. Mary's Motherhood with Regard to the Church
  2. Devotion to the Blessed Virgin
  3. Mary - Eschatological Icon of the Church

  4. IN BRIEF
ARTICLE 10: "I BELIEVE IN THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS"
  1. One Baptism for the Forgiveness of Sins
  2. The Power of the Keys

  3. IN BRIEF
ARTICLE 11: "I BELIEVE IN THE RESURRECTION OF THE BODY"
  1. Christ's Resurrection and Ours
  2. Dying in Jesus Christ

  3. IN BRIEF
ARTICLE 12: "I BELIEVE IN LIFE EVERLASTING"
  1. The Particular Judgement
  2. Heaven
  3. The Final Purification, or Purgatory
  4. Hell
  5. The Last Judgement
  6. The Hope of the New Heaven and the New Earth

  7. IN BRIEF "Amen"


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
  1. The Father - Source and Goal of the Liturgy
  2. Christ's Work in the Liturgy
  3. The Holy Spirit and the Church in the Liturgy

  4. IN BRIEF
ARTICLE 2: THE PASCHAL MYSTERY IN THE CHURCH'S SACRAMENTS
  1. The Sacraments of Christ
  2. The Sacraments of the Church
  3. The Sacraments of Faith
  4. The Sacraments of Salvation
  5. The Sacraments of Eternal Life

  6. IN BRIEF
CHAPTER TWO: THE SACRAMENTAL CELEBRATION
ARTICLE 1: CELEBRATING THE CHURCH'S LITURGY
  1. Who Celebrates?
  2. How Is the Liturgy Celebrated?
  3. When Is the Liturgy Celebrated?
  4. Where Is the Liturgy Celebrated?

  5. 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
  1. What Is the Sacarament Called?
  2. Baptism in the Economy of Salvation
  3. How Is the Sacrament of Baptism Celebrated?
  4. Who Can Receive Baptism?
  5. Who Can Baptize?
  6. The Necessity of Baptism?
  7. The Grace of Baptism

  8. IN BRIEF
ARTICLE 2: THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
  1. Confirmation in the Economy of Salvation
  2. The Signs and the Rite of Confirmation
  3. The Effects of Confirmation
  4. Who Can Receive This Sacrament?
  5. The Minister of Confirmation

  6. IN BRIEF
ARTICLE 3: THE SACRAMENT OF THE EUCHARIST
  1. The Eucharist - Source and Summit of the Ecclesial Life
  2. What Is This Sacrament Called?
  3. The Eucharist in the Economy of Salvation
  4. The Liturgical Celebration of the Eucharist
  5. The Sacramental Sacrifice: Thanksgiving, Memorial, Presence
  6. The Pascal Banquet
  7. The Eucharist - "Pledge of the Glory to Come"

  8. IN BRIEF
CHAPTER TWO: THE SACRAMENTS OF HEALING
ARTICLE 4: THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE AND RECONCILIATION
  1. What Is This Sacrament Called?
  2. Why a Sacrament of Reconciliation after Baptism?
  3. The Conversion of the Baptized
  4. Interior Penance
  5. The Many Forms of Penance in Christian Life
  6. The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation
  7. The Acts of the Penitent
  8. The Minister of This Sacrament
  9. The Effects of This Sacrament
  10. Indulgences
  11. The Celbration of the Sacrament of Penance

  12. IN BRIEF
ARTICLE 5: THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK
  1. It's Foundation in the Economy of Salvation
  2. Who Recieves and Who Administers This Sacramant?
  3. How Is This Sacrament Celebrated?
  4. The Effects of the Celebration of This Sacrament
  5. Viaticum, the Last Sacrament of the Christian

  6. IN BRIEF
CHAPTER THREE: THE SACRAMENTS AT THE SERVICE OF COMMUNION
ARTICLE 6: THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY ORDERS
  1. Why Is This Sacrament Called "Orders"?
  2. The Sacramant of Holy Orders in the Economy of Salvation
  3. The Three Degrees of the Sacrament of Holy Orders
  4. The Celebration of This Sacrament
  5. Who Can Confer This Sacrament?
  6. Who Can Receive This Sacrament?
  7. The Effects of the Sacrament of Holy Orders

  8. IN BRIEF
ARTICLE 7: THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY
  1. Marriage in God's Plan
  2. The Celebration of Marriage
  3. Matrimonial Consent
  4. The Effects of the Sacrament of Matrimony
  5. The Goods and Requirements of Conjugal Love
  6. The Domestic Church

  7. IN BRIEF
CHAPTER FOUR: OTHER LITURGICAL CELEBRATIONS
ARTICLE 1: SACRAMENTALS
       IN BRIEF
ARTICLE 2: CHRISTIAN FUNERALS
  1. The Christian's Last Passover
  2. The Celebration of Funerals

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
  1. The Beatitudes
  2. The Desire for Happiness
  3. Christian Beatitude

  4. IN BRIEF
ARTICLE 3: MAN'S FREEDOM
  1. Freedom and Responsibility
  2. Human Freedom in the Economy of Salvation

  3. IN BRIEF
ARTICLE 4: THE MORALITY OF HUMAN ACTS
  1. The Sources of Morality
  2. Good Acts and Evil Acts

  3. IN BRIEF
ARTICLE 5: THE MORALITY OF THE PASSIONS
  1. Passions
  2. Passions and Moral Life

  3. IN BRIEF
ARTICLE 6: MORAL CONSCIENCE
  1. The Judgement of Conscience
  2. The Formation of Conscience
  3. To Choose in Accord with Conscience
  4. Erroneous Judgement

  5. IN BRIEF
ARTICLE 7: THE VIRTUES
  1. The Human Virtues
  2. The Theological Virtues
  3. The Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit

  4. IN BRIEF
ARTICLE 8: SIN
  1. Mercy and Sin
  2. The Definition of Sin
  3. The Different Kinds of Sins
  4. The Gravity of Sin: Mortal and Venial Sin
  5. The Proliferation of Sin

  6. IN BRIEF
CHAPTER TWO: THE HUMAN COMMUNITY
ARTICLE 1: THE PERSON AND SOCIETY
  1. The Communal Character of the Human Vocation
  2. Conversion and Society

  3. IN BRIEF
ARTICLE 2: PARTICIPATION IN SOCIAL LIFE
  1. Authority
  2. The Common Good
  3. Responsibility and Participation

  4. IN BRIEF
ARTICLE 3: SOCIAL JUSTICE
  1. Respect for the Human Person
  2. Equality and Differences among Men
  3. Human Solidarity

  4. IN BRIEF
CHAPTER THREE: GOD'S SALVATION: LAW AND GRACE
ARTICLE 1: THE MORAL LAW
  1. The Natural Moral Law
  2. The Old Law
  3. The New Law or the Law of the Gospel

  4. IN BRIEF
ARTICLE 2: GRACE AND JUSTIFICATION
  1. Justification
  2. Grace
  3. Merit
  4. Christian Holiness

  5. IN BRIEF
ARTICLE 3: THE CHURCH, MOTHER AND TEACHER
  1. Moral Life and the Magisterium of the Church
  2. The Precepts of the Church
  3. Moral Life and Missionary Witness

  4. IN BRIEF
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS CHART
SECTION TWO: THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
IN BRIEF

CHAPTER ONE: "YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOU GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND"
ARTICLE 1: THE FIRST COMMANDMENT
  1. "You Shall Worship the Lord Your God and Him Only Shall You Serve"
  2. "Him Only Shall You Serve"
  3. "You Shall Have No Other Gods before Me"
  4. "You Shall Not Make for Yourself a Graven Image"

  5. IN BRIEF
ARTICLE 2: THE SECOND COMMANDMENT
  1. The Name of the Lord Is Holy
  2. Taking the Name of the Lord in Vain
  3. The Christian Name

  4. IN BRIEF
ARTICLE 3: THE THIRD COMMANDMENT
  1. The Sabbath Day
  2. The Lord's Day

  3. IN BRIEF
CHAPTER TWO: "YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF"
ARTICLE 4: THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT
  1. The Family in God's Plan
  2. The Family and Society
  3. The Duties of Family and the Kingdom
  4. The Family and the Kingdom
  5. The Authorities in Civil Society

  6. IN BRIEF
ARTICLE 5: THE FIFTH COMMANDMENT
  1. Respect for Human Life
  2. Respect for the Dignity of Persons
  3. Safeguarding Peace

  4. IN BRIEF
ARTICLE 6: THE SIXTH COMMANDMENT
  1. "Male and Female He Created Them . . ."
  2. The Vocation to Chastity
  3. The Love of Husband and Wife
  4. Offenses against the Dignity of Marriage

  5. IN BRIEF
ARTICLE 7: THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENT
  1. The Universal Destination and the Private Ownership of Goods
  2. Respect for Persons and Their Goods
  3. The Social Doctrine of the Church
  4. Economic Activity and Social Justice
  5. Justice and Solidarity among Nations
  6. Love for the Poor

  7. IN BRIEF
ARTICLE 8: THE EIGHTH COMMANDMENT
  1. Living in the Truth
  2. To Bear Witness to the Truth
  3. Offenses against Truth
  4. Respect for the Truth
  5. The Use of the Social Communications Media
  6. Truth, Beauty, and Sacred Art

  7. IN BRIEF
ARTICLE 9: THE NINTH COMMANDMENT
  1. Purification of the Heart
  2. The Battle for Purity

  3. IN BRIEF
ARTICLE 10: THE TENTH COMMANDMENT
  1. The Disorder of Covetous Desires
  2. The Desires of the Spirit
  3. Poverty of Heart
  4. "I Want to See God"

  5. IN BRIEF

SECTION ONE: MAN'S VOCATION: PRAYER IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
WHAT IS PRAYER?

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
  1. Blessing and Adoration
  2. Prayer of Petition
  3. Prayer of Intercession
  4. Prayer of Thanksgiving
  5. Prayer of Praise

  6. 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
CHAPTER THREE: THE LIFE OF PRAYER
ARTICLE 1: EXPRESSIONS OF PRAYER
  1. Vocal Prayer
  2. Meditation
  3. Contemplative Prayer

  4. IN BRIEF
ARTICLE 2: THE BATTLE OF PRAYER
  1. Objections to Prayer
  2. Humble Vigilance of Heart
  3. Filial Trust
  4. Perserving in Love
ARTICLE 3: THE PRAYER OF THE HOUR OF JESUS
IN BRIEF
SECTION TWO: THE LORD'S PRAYER: "OUR FATHER!"
ARTICLE 1: "THE SUMMARY OF THE WHOLE GOSPEL"
  1. At the Center of the Scriptures
  2. "The Lord's Prayer"
  3. The Prayer of the Church

  4. IN BRIEF
ARTICLE 2: "OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN"
  1. "We Dare to Say"
  2. "Father!"
  3. "Our" Father
  4. "Who Art in Heaven"

  5. IN BRIEF
ARTICLE 3: "THE SEVEN PETITIONS"
  1. "Hallowed Be Thy Name"
  2. "Thy Kingdom Come"
  3. "The Will Be Done on Earth as It Is in Heaven"
  4. "Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread"
  5. "And Forgive us Our Trespasses, as We Forgive Those Who Trespass against Us"
  6. "And Lead Us Not into Temptation"
  7. "But Deliver Us From Evil"
ARTICLE 4: THE FINAL DOXOLOGY
IN BRIEF
ABBREVIATIONS

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