CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
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?
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"
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
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
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
SECTION TWO: THE PROFESSION OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH
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
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
Paragraph 3. The Almighty
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
Paragraph 5. Heaven and Earth
I. The Angels
II. The Visible World
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
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"
CHAPTER TWO: I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, THE ONLY SON OF GOD
ARTICLE 2: "AND IN JESUS CHRIST, HIS ONLY SON, OUR LORD"
III. The Only Son of God
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?
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
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
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
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
Paragraph 3. Jesus Christ Was Buried
ARTICLE 5: "HE DESCENDED INTO HELL ON THE THIRD DAY HE ROSE AGAIN"
Paragraph 1. Christ Descended into Hell
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
ARTICLE 6: "HE ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN AND IS SEATED"
AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER"
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
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
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
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
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
Paragraph 4. Christ's Faithful - Hierarchy, Laity, Consecrated Life
I. The Hierarchical Constitution of the Church
II. The Lay Faithful
III. The Consecrated Life
Paragraph 5. The Communion of Saints
I. Communion in Spiritual Goods
II. The Communion of the Church of Heaven and Earth
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
ARTICLE 10: "I BELIEVE IN THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS"
I. One Baptism for the Forgiveness of Sins
II. The Power of the Keys
ARTICLE 11: "I BELIEVE IN THE RESURRECTION OF THE BODY"
I. Christ's Resurrection and Ours
II. Dying in Jesus Christ
ARTICLE 12: "I BELIEVE IN LIFE EVERLASTING"
I. The Particular Judgement
III. The Final Purification, or Purgatory
V. The Last Judgement
VI. The Hope of the New Heaven and the New Earth
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
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
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?
ARTICLE 2: LITURGICAL DIVERSITY AND THE UNITY OF THE MYSTERY
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
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
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"
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
XI. The Celbration of the Sacrament of Penance
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
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
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
CHAPTER FOUR: OTHER LITURGICAL CELEBRATIONS
ARTICLE 1: SACRAMENTALS
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
ARTICLE 2: OUR VOCATION TO BEATITUDE
I. The Beatitudes
II. The Desire for Happiness
III. Christian Beatitude
ARTICLE 3: MAN'S FREEDOM
I. Freedom and Responsibility
II. Human Freedom in the Economy of Salvation
ARTICLE 4: THE MORALITY OF HUMAN ACTS
I. The Sources of Morality
II. Good Acts and Evil Acts
ARTICLE 5: THE MORALITY OF THE PASSIONS
II. Passions and Moral Life
ARTICLE 6: MORAL CONSCIENCE
I. The Judgement of Conscience
II. The Formation of Conscience
III. To Choose in Accord with Conscience
IV. Erroneous Judgement
ARTICLE 7: THE VIRTUES
I. The Human Virtues
II. The Theological Virtues
III. The Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit
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
CHAPTER TWO: THE HUMAN COMMUNITY
ARTICLE 1: THE PERSON AND SOCIETY
I. The Communal Character of the Human Vocation
II. Conversion and Society
ARTICLE 2: PARTICIPATION IN SOCIAL LIFE
II. The Common Good
III. Responsibility and Participation
ARTICLE 3: SOCIAL JUSTICE
I. Respect for the Human Person
II. Equality and Differences among Men
III. Human Solidarity
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
ARTICLE 2: GRACE AND JUSTIFICATION
IV. Christian Holiness
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
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
SECTION TWO: THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
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"
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
ARTICLE 3: THE THIRD COMMANDMENT
I. The Sabbath Day
II. The Lord's Day
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
ARTICLE 5: THE FIFTH COMMANDMENT
I. Respect for Human Life
II. Respect for the Dignity of Persons
III. Safeguarding Peace
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
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
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
ARTICLE 9: THE NINTH COMMANDMENT
I. Purification of the Heart
II. The Battle for Purity
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"
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
ARTICLE 2: IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME
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
CHAPTER TWO: THE TRADITION OF PRAYER
ARTICLE 1: AT THE WELLSPRINGS OF PRAYER
ARTICLE 2: THE WAY OF PRAYER
ARTICLE 3: GUIDES FOR PRAYER
CHAPTER THREE: THE LIFE OF PRAYER
ARTICLE 1: EXPRESSIONS OF PRAYER
I. Vocal Prayer
III. Contemplative Prayer
ARTICLE 2: THE BATTLE OF PRAYER
I. Objections to Prayer
II. Humble Vigilance of Heart
III. Filial Trust
IV. Perserving in Love
ARTICLE 3: THE PRAYER OF THE HOUR OF JESUS
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
ARTICLE 2: "OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN"
I. "We Dare to Say"
III. "Our" Father
IV. "Who Art in Heaven"
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