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 CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
 CONTENTS

                                   

                        APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTION

                 FIDEI DEPOSITUM ON THE PUBLICATION OF THE

                    CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
 



http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc.htm (Online version of the catechism)

 
PROLOGUE

          I. The Life of Man - To Know and Love God

         II. Handling on the Faith: Catechesis

        III. The Aim and Intended Readership of This Catechism

         IV. Structure of This Catechism

          V. Practical Directions for Using This Catechism

         VI. Necessary Adaptations

 

PART ONE - THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

 

SECTION ONE: "I BELIEVE" - "WE BELIEVE"

 

  CHAPTER ONE: MAN'S CAPACITY FOR GOD

 

          I. The Desire for God

         II. Ways of Coming to Know God

        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

 

    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. 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

 

    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 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

 

          I. "I Believe in One God"

         II. God Reveals His Name

        III. God, "He Who Is," Is Truth and Love

         IV. The Implications of Faith in One God

             IN BRIEF

 

      Paragraph 2. The Father

 

          I. "In the Name of the Father and of the Son

             and of the Holy Spirit"

         II. The Revelation of God as Trinity

        III. The Holy Trinity in the Teaching of the Faith

         IV. The Divine Works and the Trinitarian Missions

             IN BRIEF

 

      Paragraph 3. The Almighty

 

             IN BRIEF

 

      Paragraph 4. The Creator

 

          I. Catechesis on Creation

         II. Creation - Work of the Holy Trinity

        III. "The World Was Created for the Glory of God"

         IV. The Mystery of Creation

          V. God Carries Out His Plan: Divine Providence

             IN BRIEF

 

      Paragraph 5. Heaven and Earth

 

          I. The Angels

         II. The Visible World

             IN BRIEF

 

      Paragraph 6. Man

 

          I. "In the Image of God"

         II. "Body and Soul but Truly One"

        III. "Male and Female He Created Them"

         IV. Man in Paradise

             IN BRIEF

 

      Paragraph 7. The Fall

 

          I. Where Sin Abounded, Grace Abounded All the More

         II. The Fall of the Angels

        III. Original Sin

         IV. "You Did Not Abandon Him to the Power of Death"

             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"

 

          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

 

          I. Why Did the Word Become Flesh?

         II. The Incarnation

        III. True God and True Man

         IV. How Is the Son of God Man?

             IN BRIEF

 

      Paragraph 2. "Conceived by the Power of the Holy Spirit and Born of the Virgin Mary"

 

          I. Conceived by the Power of the Holy Spirit. . .

         II. . . .Born of the Virgin Mary

             IN BRIEF

 

      Paragraph 3. "The Mysteries of Christ's Life"

 

          I. Christ's Whole Life Is Mystery

         II. The Mysteries of Jesus' Infancy and Hidden Life

        III. The Mysteries of Jesus' Public Life

             IN BRIEF

 

    ARTICLE 4: "JESUS CHRIST SUFFERED UNDER PONTIUS

               PILATE, WAS CRUCIFIED, DIED, AND WAS BURIED"

 

      Paragraph 1. Jesus and Israel

 

          I. Jesus and the Law

         II. Jesus and the Temple

        III. Jesus and Israel's Faith in the One God and Savior

             IN BRIEF

 

      Paragraph 2. Jesus Died Crucified

 

          I. The Trial of Jesus

         II. Christ's Redemptive Death in God's Plan of Salvation

        III. Christ Offered Himself to his Father for Our Sins

             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

 

          I. The Historical and Transcendent Event

         II. The Resurrection - A Work of the Holy Trinity

        III. The Meaning and Saving Significance of the Resurrection

             IN BRIEF

 

    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

 

  CHAPTER THREE: I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

 

    ARTICLE 8: "I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT"

 

          I. The Joint Mission of the Son and the Spirit

         II. The Names, 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"

 

      Paragraph 1. The Church in God's Plan

 

          I. Names and Images of the Church

         II. The Church's Origin, Foundation, and Mission

        III. The Mystery of the Church

             IN BRIEF

 

      Paragraph 2. The Church - People of God, Body of Chrict, Temple of the Holy Spirit

 

          I. The Church - People of God

         II. The Church - Body of Chirst

        III. The Church is the Temple of the Holy Spirit

             IN BRIEF

 

      Paragraph 3. The Church is One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic

 

          I. The Church Is One

         II. The Church Is Holy

        III. The Church Is Catholic

         IV. The Church Is Apostolic

             IN BRIEF

 

      Paragraph 4. Christ's Faithful - Hierarchy, Laity, Consecrated Life

 

          I. The Hierarchical Constitution of the Church

         II. The Lay Faithful

        III. The Consecrated Life

             IN BRIEF

 

      Paragraph 5. The Communion of Saints

 

          I. Communion in Spiritual Goods

         II. The Communion of the Church of Heaven and Earth

             IN BRIEF

 

      Paragraph 6. Mary - Mother of Christ, Mother of the Church

 

          I. Mary's Motherhood with Regard to the Church

         II. Devotion to the Blessed Virgin

        III. Mary - Eschatological Icon of the Church

             IN BRIEF

 

    ARTICLE 10: "I BELIEVE IN THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS"

 

          I. One Baptism for the Forgiveness of Sins

         II. The Power of the Keys

             IN BRIEF

 

    ARTICLE 11: "I BELIEVE IN THE RESURRECTION OF THE BODY"

 

          I. Christ's Resurrection and Ours

         II. Dying in Jesus Christ

             IN BRIEF

 

    ARTICLE 12: "I BELIEVE IN LIFE EVERLASTING"

 

          I. The Particular Judgement

         II. Heaven

        III. The Final Purification, or Purgatory

         IV. Hell

          V. The Last Judgement

         VI. The Hope of the New Heaven and the New Earth

             IN BRIEF

             "Amen"

 

PART TWO - THE CELEBRATION OF THE CHRISTIAN MYSTERY

 

SECTION ONE: THE SACRAMENTAL ECONOMY

 

  CHAPTER ONE: THE PASCAL MYSTERY IN THE AGE OF THE CHURCH

 

    ARTICLE 1: THE LITURGY - WORK OF THE HOLY TRINITY

 

          I. The Father - Source and Goal of the Liturgy

         II. Christ's Work in the Liturgy

        III. The Holy Spirit and the Church in the Liturgy

             IN BRIEF

 

    ARTICLE 2: THE PASCAL MYSTERY IN THE CHURCH'S SACRAMENTS

 

          I. The Sacraments of Christ

         II. The Sacraments of the Church

        III. The Sacraments of Faith

         IV. The Sacraments of Salvation

          V. The Sacraments of Eternal Life

             IN BRIEF

 

  CHAPTER TWO: THE SACRAMENTAL CELEBRATION

 

    ARTICLE 1: CELEBRATING THE CHURCH'S LITURGY

 

          I. Who Celebrates?

         II. How Is the Liturgy Celebrated?

        III. When Is the Liturgy Celebrated?

         IV. Where Is the Liturgy Celebrated?

             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

 

          I. What Is the Sacarament Called?

         II. Baptism in the Economy of Salvation

        III. How Is the Sacrament of Baptism Celebrated?

         IV. Who Can Receive Baptism?

          V. Who Can Baptize?

         VI. The Necessity of Baptism?

        VII. The Grace of Baptism

             IN BRIEF

 

    ARTICLE 2: THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION

 

          I. Confirmation in the Economy of Salvation

         II. The Signs and the Rite of Confirmation

        III. The Effects of Confirmation

         IV. Who Can Receive This Sacrament?

          V. The Minister of Confirmation

             IN BRIEF

 

    ARTICLE 3: THE SACRAMENT OF THE EUCHARIST

 

          I. The Eucharist - Source and Summit of the Ecclesial Life

         II. What Is This Sacrament Called?

        III. The Eucharist in the Economy of Salvation

         IV. The Liturgical Celebration of the Eucharist

          V. The Sacramental Sacrifice: Thanksgiving, Memorial, Presence

         VI. The Pascal Banquet

        VII. The Eucharist - "Pledge of the Glory to Come"

             IN BRIEF

 

  CHAPTER TWO: THE SACRAMENTS OF HEALING

 

    ARTICLE 4: THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE AND RECONCILIATION

 

          I. What Is This Sacrament Called?

         II. Why a Sacrament of Reconciliation after Baptism?

        III. The Conversion of the Baptized

         IV. Interior Penance

          V. The Many Forms of Penance in Christian Life

         VI. The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation

        VII. The Acts of the Penitent

       VIII. The Minister of This Sacrament

         IX. The Effects of This Sacrament

          X. Indulgences

         XI. The Celbration of the Sacrament of Penance

             IN BRIEF

 

    ARTICLE 5: THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK

 

          I. It's Foundation in the Economy of Salvation

         II. Who Recieves and Who Administers This Sacramant?

        III. How Is This Sacrament Celebrated?

         IV. The Effects of the Celebration of This Sacrament

          V. Viaticum, the Last Sacrament of the Christian

             IN BRIEF

 

  CHAPTER THREE: THE SACRAMENTS AT THE SERVICE OF COMMUNION

 

    ARTICLE 6: THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY ORDERS

 

          I. Why Is This Sacrament Called "Orders"?

         II. The Sacramant of Holy Orders in the Economy of Salvation

        III. The Three Degrees of the Sacrament of Holy Orders

         IV. The Celebration of This Sacrament

          V. Who Can Confer This Sacrament?

         VI. Who Can Receive This Sacrament?

        VII. The Effects of the Sacrament of Holy Orders

             IN BRIEF

 

    ARTICLE 7: THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY

 

          I. Marriage in God's Plan

         II. The Celebration of Marriage

        III. Matrimonial Consent

         IV. The Effects of the Sacrament of Matrimony

          V. The Goods and Requirements of Conjugal Love

         VI. The Domestic Church

             IN BRIEF

 

  CHAPTER FOUR: OTHER LITURGICAL CELEBRATIONS

 

    ARTICLE 1: SACRAMENTALS

 

             IN BRIEF

 

    ARTICLE 2: CHRISTIAN FUNERALS

 

          I. The Christian's Last Passover

         II. The Celebration of Funerals

 

PART THREE - LIFE IN CHRIST

 

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

 

          I. The Beatitudes

         II. The Desire for Happiness

        III. Christian Beatitude

             IN BRIEF

 

    ARTICLE 3: MAN'S FREEDOM

 

          I. Freedom and Responsibility

         II. Human Freedom in the Economy of Salvation

             IN BRIEF

 

    ARTICLE 4: THE MORALITY OF HUMAN ACTS

 

          I. The Sources of Morality

         II. Good Acts and Evil Acts

             IN BRIEF

 

    ARTICLE 5: THE MORALITY OF THE PASSIONS

 

          I. Passions

         II. Passions and Moral Life

             IN BRIEF

 

    ARTICLE 6: MORAL CONSCIENCE

 

          I. The Judgement of Conscience

         II. The Formation of Conscience

        III. To Choose in Accord with Conscience

         IV. Erroneous Judgement

             IN BRIEF

 

    ARTICLE 7: THE VIRTUES

 

          I. The Human Virtues

         II. The Theological Virtues

        III. The Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit

             IN BRIEF

 

    ARTICLE 8: SIN

 

          I. Mercy and Sin

         II. The Definition of Sin

        III. The Different Kinds of Sins

         IV. The Gravity of Sin: Mortal and Venial Sin

          V. The Proliferation of Sin

             IN BRIEF

 

  CHAPTER TWO: THE HUMAN COMMUNITY

 

    ARTICLE 1: THE PERSON AND SOCIETY

 

          I. The Communal Character of the Human Vocation

         II. Conversion and Society

             IN BRIEF

 

    ARTICLE 2: PARTICIPATION IN SOCIAL LIFE

 

          I. Authority

         II. The Common Good

        III. Responsibility and Participation

             IN BRIEF

 

    ARTICLE 3: SOCIAL JUSTICE

 

          I. Respect for the Human Person

         II. Equality and Differences among Men

        III. Human Solidarity

             IN BRIEF

 

  CHAPTER THREE: GOD'S SALVATION: LAW AND GRACE

 

    ARTICLE 1: THE MORAL LAW

 

          I. The Natural Moral Law

         II. The Old Law

        III. The New Law or the Law of the Gospel

             IN BRIEF

 

    ARTICLE 2: GRACE AND JUSTIFICATION

 

          I. Justification

         II. Grace

        III. Merit

         IV. Christian Holiness

             IN BRIEF

 

    ARTICLE 3: THE CHURCH, MOTHER AND TEACHER

 

          I. Moral Life and the Magisterium of the Church

         II. The Precepts of the Church

        III. Moral Life and Missionary Witness

             IN BRIEF

             THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

 

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

 

          I. "You Shall Worship the Lord Your God and Him Only Shall You Serve"

         II. "Him Only Shall You Serve"

        III. "You Shall Have No Other Gods before Me"

         IV. "You Shall Not Make for Yourself a Graven Image"

             IN BRIEF

 

    ARTICLE 2: THE SECOND COMMANDMENT

 

          I. The Name of the Lord Is Holy

         II. Taking the Name of the Lord in Vain

        III. The Christian Name

             IN BRIEF

 

    ARTICLE 3: THE THIRD COMMANDMENT

 

          I. The Sabbath Day

         II. The Lord's Day

             IN BRIEF

 

  CHAPTER TWO: "YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF"

 

    ARTICLE 4: THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT

 

          I. The Family in God's Plan

         II. The Family and Society

        III. The Duties of Family and the Kingdom

         IV. The Family and the Kingdom

          V. The Authorities in Civil Society

             IN BRIEF

 

    ARTICLE 5: THE FIFTH COMMANDMENT

 

          I. Respect for Human Life

         II. Respect for the Dignity of Persons

        III. Safeguarding Peace

             IN BRIEF

 

    ARTICLE 6: THE SIXTH COMMANDMENT

 

          I. "Male and Female He Created Them . . ."

         II. The Vocation to Chastity

        III. The Love of Husband and Wife

         IV. Offenses against the Dignity of Marriage

             IN BRIEF

 

    ARTICLE 7: THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENT

 

          I. The Universal Destination and the Private Ownership of Goods

         II. Respect for Persons and Their Goods

        III. The Social Doctrine of the Church

         IV. Economic Activity and Social Justice

          V. Justice and Solidarity among Nations

         VI. Love for the Poor

             IN BRIEF

 

    ARTICLE 8: THE EIGHTH COMMANDMENT

 

          I. Living in the Truth

         II. To Bear Witness to the Truth

        III. Offenses against Truth

         IV. Respect for the Truth

          V. The Use of the Social Communications Media

         VI. Truth, Beauty, and Sacred Art

             IN BRIEF

 

    ARTICLE 9: THE NINTH COMMANDMENT

 

          I. Purification of the Heart

         II. The Battle for Purity

             IN BRIEF

 

    ARTICLE 10: THE TENTH COMMANDMENT

 

          I. The Disorder of Covetous Desires

         II. The Desires of the Spirit

        III. Poverty of Heart

         IV. "I Want to See God"

             IN BRIEF

 

PART FOUR - CHRISTIAN PRAYER

 

SECTION ONE: 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

 

          I. Blessing and Adoration

         II. Prayer of Petition

        III. Prayer of Intercession

         IV. Prayer of Thanksgiving

          V. Prayer of Praise

             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

 

          I. Vocal Prayer

         II. Meditation

        III. Contemplative Prayer

             IN BRIEF

 

    ARTICLE 2: THE BATTLE OF PRAYER

 

          I. Objections to Prayer

         II. Humble Vigilance of Heart

        III. Filial Trust

         IV. Perserving in Love

             IN BRIEF

 

    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"

 

          I. At the Center of the Scriptures

         II. "The Lord's Prayer"

        III. The Prayer of the Church

             IN BRIEF

 

    ARTICLE 2: "OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN"

 

          I. "We Dare to Say"

         II. "Father!"

        III. "Our" Father

         IV. "Who Art in Heaven"

             IN BRIEF

 

    ARTICLE 3: "THE SEVEN PETITIONS"

 

          I. "Hallowed Be Thy Name"

         II. "Thy Kingdom Come"

        III. "The Will Be Done on Earth as It Is in Heaven"

         IV. "Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread"

          V. "And Forgive us Our Trespasses, as We Forgive Those Who Trespass against Us"

         VI. "And Lead Us Not into Temptation"

        VII. "But Deliver Us From Evil"

 

    ARTICLE 4: THE FINAL DOXOLOGY

 

             IN BRIEF

 

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