Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Craft of Catechesis

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The theme of this book is that the Catechism of the Catholic Church, perhaps the most important work on catechesis since the Apostolic Age, offers not only a new, definitive account for our times of the full teaching of the Catholic faith, but also that it is a superbly crafted work from which to learn and to teach the faith. This book reveals the pedagogy embedded in the Catechism, showing every teacher, parent, catechist or student how to ...
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Overview

The theme of this book is that the Catechism of the Catholic Church, perhaps the most important work on catechesis since the Apostolic Age, offers not only a new, definitive account for our times of the full teaching of the Catholic faith, but also that it is a superbly crafted work from which to learn and to teach the faith. This book reveals the pedagogy embedded in the Catechism, showing every teacher, parent, catechist or student how to discover the key principles that enable one to learn from, and teach from, the Catechism.

The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church speaks of the "wisdom of the presentation" of the Catechism and of "the depth of its spirituality". These points have rarely been explained in any sustained way and have never before been systematically treated. The unique point about this book is that it focuses on these points, rather than a simple explanation of the content of the Catechism. This book offers a pedagogical approach to the Catechism for handing on the faith of the Catholic Church in any setting, whether home, school and parish. It offers perennially valid teaching points drawn from a perennial text, and an explanation of the 'pedagogy of God' which underpins all authentic teaching methods in the Church. In this way, the book offers a twelve step 'path to recovery' out of unhealthy catechetical addictions and obsessions which have bedeviled the catechetical world.

It is unique in its origin, emerging from a 'catechetical friendship', encouraged by Cardinal Schönborn, between three institutions working in an authentic Catholic catechetical tradition. The three authors display a deep trust and love for the words of theCatechism of the Catholic Church - words that hold a rich heritage and can be pondered lovingly and searchingly, since they are for our good, for everyone's good.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586172213
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Pages: 158
  • Sales rank: 735,234
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xvii
Abbreviations     xix
Introduction: By Whose Authority?, by Christoph Cardinal Sch&:onborn     xxi
An authority to "abide by"     xxi
An authority "under authority"     xxiii
The authority of the mission of Jesus Christ     xxvi
An authority to define, for holiness     xxx
An authority to define, for unity     xxxii
The Craft of Catechesis     1
The loss     2
Individuals and wholes     5
Alcuin of York and the craft of catechesis     8
Holistic formation through the Catechism     15
The primacy of grace     19
Twelve keys for renewal     23
An Organic Pedagogy: Savoring the Nexus Mysteriorum     25
Visions of organic synthesis     25
The human capacity for God     27
The place of individual doctrines in the unity of the Faith     31
Learning and teaching organically     32
A Personal Pedagogy: Teaching the Living Realities of the Faith     41
Doctrine is personal     45
Foundational personal realities     46
Personal transmission of the Faith     59
A RealistPedagogy: Teaching the Faith as One, True, Good, and Beautiful     65
Oneness     65
Truth     67
Goodness     71
Beauty     74
A Purposeful Pedagogy: Teaching the Story of Salvation     79
From the beginning     80
The narratio     84
Finding ourselves in the narratio     88
A Practical Pedagogy: Identifying and Selecting Teaching Points     91
The essentials of doctrine     93
Identifying and selecting teaching points for identity     94
Memorization, sources, and tone     97
Identifying teaching points for meaning     100
The higher illuminates the lower     102
Initial proclamation, new evangelization and conversion     105
A Scriptural and Liturigcal Pedagogy: The Word Made Flesh     109
Teaching from the Scriptures and the liturgy     109
Catechesis for "the mystery"     115
Mystery and sacrament     117
A unity: the Word becomes flesh     122
A Prayerful Pedagogy     129
Prayer in the economy of the mystery     129
Prayer as the main expression of man's relationship with God     132
History of salvation, history of prayer      134
Baptismal life, the source of Christian prayer     136
Virtues and gifts     139
The heart of prayer     144
Catechesis as a school of prayer     147
Putting It All Together: The Twelve Keys     151
Bibliography     155

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