Catechism for Filipino Catholic Book

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CBCP

Catholic Bishops’ Conference
of the Philippines

Catechism
for
Filipino Catholics

New Edition
with expanded Subject Index
and Primer

ECCCE
Word & Life Publications
MANILA
Philippines

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.

Vatican City, 6 March 1997

Prot. N. 97000707

Your Excellency,

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,

His Excellency
Most Reverend OSCAR V. CRUZ, D.D.
President of the CBCP
470 General Luna Street
Intramuros, Manila 1002
P.O. Box 3601 Manila, 1099
PHILIPPINES
Contents

PREFACE1
Why a New Catechism1
Characteristics of this Catechism3
For Whom the Catechism Is Intended4
Basic Structure of the Catechism5
Using This Catechism7
Synthesis .8

Foundations

1 WHO IS THE FILIPINO CATHOLIC11

Opening 11
Context 12
Exposition 13
A. Self-Identity13
B.Meaning in Life14
C.Sufferings in Life14
D.Life-Commitment15
E.World View15
F.The Filipino Way16
G.The Filipino Catholic17
Integration 18
Questions and Answers 19

2GOD’S CALL: REVELATION21

Opening 21
Context 22
Exposition 22
I. God Reveals Himself 22
A.In Creation22
B.In Scripture, through Salvation History23
C.In the Church24
D. In Other Religions25
II.Jesus Christ: Agent, Content
and Goal of Revelation 26
A.Goal26
B.Content26
C.Agent26
III.Where We Find God’s Revelation 27
A.Scripture and Tradition27
B. Interpreting Scripture29
Integration 31
Questions and Answers 32

3OUR RESPONSE: WE BELIEVE35

Opening 35
Context 36
Exposition 37
I.Faith in Human Relations 37
II.Faith in God 38
A.Characteristics of Christian Faith38
B.The Three Essential Dimensions of Faith39
C.Faith and Three Classic Questions41
D.Faith and Salvation41
III.Paradoxical Characteristics of Faith 42
A.Certain, Yet Obscure42
B.Free, Yet Morally Obliging43
C.Reasonable, Yet Beyond Natural Reason43
D.An Act, Yet a Process44
E.A Gift, Yet Our Doing44
F.Personal, Yet Ecclesial45
IV.Mary: Model of Faith 46
Integration 47
Questions and Answers 48

4OUR UNBELIEF51

Opening 51
Context 52
Exposition 53
I.Obstacles to Believing, Doing, Worshipping 53
A.Unbelief vs. Believing53
B.Unbelief vs. Doing55
C.Unbelief vs. Trusting/Worshipping57
II.Obstacles to Belief in Self-Becoming 59
Integration 60
Questions and Answers 61

Part One
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