Catholic Bishops’ Conference
of the Philippines
with expanded Subject Index
WORD & LIFE PUBLICATIONS
From the beginning of the Christianization
of the Philippines to the end of the 20th Century:
Four Centuries of Catechesis in our Country. One uninterrupted effort to remain faithful to God, to Man, to the Church. One continuous endeavor to make the Catholic Faith relevant
to the culture and the lives
of our Filipino People.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Vatican City, 6 March 1997
Prot. N. 97000707
The Episcopal Conference of the Philippines, at the appropriate time, sent to this Dicastery the Catechism for Filipino Catholics developed by the same Episcopal Conference, requesting the approval of the Holy See.
The Congregation for the Clergy, after having examined the text and obtained on the first day of March, 1997 the positive opinion (Prot. N. 64/94-03884) rendered by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, does hereby grant the requested approbation, according to the requirements of canon 775 § 2.
This Dicastery wishes to congratulate the Bishops of the Philippines for providing an instrument that is truly suitable for transmitting the faith among Catholic Filipinos and hopes that the Catechism will have the widest possible circulation.
I take this opportunity to express to Your Excellency and to the entire Episcopal Conference my sentiments of esteem and with every best wish, I remain,
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend OSCAR V. CRUZ, D.D.
President of the CBCP
470 General Luna Street
Intramuros, Manila 1002
P.O. Box 3601 Manila, 1099
1. This is the official Vatican approved National Catholic Catechism for the Philippines, entitled Catechism for Filipino Catholics [CFC]. As a national catechism, one major function of the CFC has been to draw together two major current sources for our “renewed catechesis.” The first is the official Catholic teaching of the universal Church as proposed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], promulgated by the Holy Father in 1992. The second is the Acts and Decrees of the 2nd Plenary Council of the Philippines [PCP II], with its supplement, the National Pastoral Plan [NPP], which together present a comprehensive view of the national culture and specific catechetical situation of the Philippine Church.
2. This officially approved edition of the CFC is offered by the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines [CBCP] as a major effort in implementing PCP II’s urgent call for a triple renewal: a renewed “Catechesis” which in turn will contribute substantially to a renewed “Worship” and “Social Apostolate.”
Why a New Catechism?
3. The most basic reason for this new Catechism is simply the mission which the Risen Christ entrusted to His apostles. “Make disciples of all the nations . . . . Teach them to carry out everything I have commanded you” (Mt 28:19-20). The practical goal of this Catechism, then, is to provide an effective instrument for creatively handing on the Catholic Faith to Filipinos. It thus aims to contribute effectively “Toward a Renewed Integral Evangelization,” developed in PCP II’s National Pastoral Plan [NPP].
4. The CFC was actually developed according to the NPP’s flow chart. It was conceived in response to the call for catechetical renewal experienced in the Church of the Poor. It was formed by following NCDP’s orientational principles for Philippine catechesis. It presents the operational principles and content for an integral renewed catechesis. And it envisions the same goal of a Community of...