April 02, 2007

The Authority of the CATHECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

BY VIRTUE OF APOSTOLIC AUTHORITY

A STATEMENT OF THE CHURCH'S FAITH
AND OF CATHOLIC DOCTRINE

A SURE NORM FOR TEACHING THE FAITH

A VALID AND LEGITIMATE INSTRUMENT
FOR ECCLESIAL COMMUNION

AUTHORITATIVE EXPOSITION OF THE
ONE, PERENNIAL APOSTOLIC FAITH



In the 11 October 1992 apostolic constitution Fidei depositum, on the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Pope John Paul II said:
The Catechism of the Catholic Church, which I approved June 25th last and the publication of which I today order by virtue of my Apostolic Authority, is a statement of the Church's faith and of catholic doctrine, attested to or illumined by Sacred Scripture, the Apostolic Tradition, and the Church's Magisterium. I declare it to be a sure norm for teaching the faith and thus a valid and legitimate instrument for ecclesial communion.
In his 15 August 1997 apostolic letter Laetamur magnopere Pope John Paul II promulgated the Latin typical edition of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The letter says of the Catechism:
The Church now has at her disposal this new, authoritative exposition of the one, perennial apostolic faith, and it will serve as a "valid and legitimate instrument for ecclesial communion" and as a "sure norm for teaching the faith," as well as a "sure and authentic reference text" for preparing local catechisms.
I posted this in response to a man who wrote me:
"The Catechism, while a respected collection, and presentation of teachings, is not an authoritative source of Catholic doctrine or dogma."

"Yes!
I read it in English.
Don't you?"


1 Comments:

Anonymous Panda Rosa said...

Whenever I see Pope Benedict I keep thinking that somewhere John Paul II is looking on and smiling.

7:01 PM  

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