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Congregation for the Clergy
General Directory for Catechesis

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  • PART THREE THE PEDAGOGY OF THE FAITH
    • CHAPTER I Pedagogy of God, source and model of the pedagogy of the faith
        • The original pedagogy of faith
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The original pedagogy of faith

(498)

144. Catechesis, which is therefore active pedagogy in the faith, in accomplishing its tasks, cannot allow itself to be inspired by ideological considerations or purely human interests. (499) It does not confuse the salvific action of God, which is pure grace, with the pedagogical action of man. Neither, however, does it oppose them and separate them. The wonderful dialogue that God undertakes with every person becomes its inspiration and norm. "Catechesis becomes an untiring echo" of this. It continually seeks dialogue with people in accordance with the directions offered by the Magisterium of the Church. (500) The precise objects which inspire its methodological choices are:

– to promote a progressive and coherent synthesis between full adherence of man to God (fides qua) and the content of the Christian message (fides quae);

– to develop all the dimensions of faith through which it conveys faith which is known, celebrated, lived and prayed; (501)

– to move the person to abandon himself "completely and freely to God": (502) intelligence, will, heart and memory;

– to help the person to discern the vocation to which the Lord calls him.

Catechesis therefore carries out a complete work of initiation, education and teaching.




498) Cf. MPG 11; CT 58.



499) Cf. CT 52.



500) Cf. Paul VI, Lett. enc. Ecclesiam Suam, l.c. 609-659.



501) Cf. MPD 7-11; CCC 3; 13; DCG (1971) 36.



502) DV 5.






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