CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
SECOND EDITION

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APOSTOLIC LETTER
LAETAMUR MAGNOPERE
IN WHICH THE LATIN TYPICAL EDITION OF THE
CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
IS APPROVED AND PROMULGATED

APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTION
FIDEI DEPOSITUM
ON THE PUBLICATION OF THE
CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
PREPARED FOLLOWING THE SECOND VATICAN ECUMENICAL COUNCIL

PROLOGUE

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

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 Christ, Temple of the Holy Spirit

I. The Church - People of God
II. The Church - Body of Christ
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 PASCHAL 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 PASCHAL 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 Sacrament 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 Celebration 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 Receives and Who Administers This Sacrament?
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 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

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. Persevering 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"

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

ABBREVIATIONS

[2] CCC Table of Contents with Paragraph Numbers
[3] CCC Index

[4] How to Read the CCC
[5] Editio typica modifications to the CCC


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