With this post we begin an examination of Part One, CHAPTER III, “The nature, object and the duties of catechesis.” This Chapter covers numbered sections 77 through 91. It will probably take us through the rest of Advent. In these next posts, we will focus a bit more on the internal life of the Church, moving from the evangelical and catechumenal ministries.
77. Having outlined the place of catechesis in the Church’s mission of evangelization, its relationship with the various elements of evangelization, and with other forms of the ministry of the word, this chapter examines catechesis particularly in relation to:
– the ecclesial nature of catechesis, that is to say, the agent of catechesis, the Church animated by the Holy Spirit;
– the fundamental object of catechesis;
– the tasks whereby this objective is achieved and which constitute its more immediate objectives;
– the gradual nature of the catechetical process and its catechumenal inspiration.
Moreover, in this chapter, the proper character of catechesis—already described in the preceding chapter—is examined through the analysis of its relationship with other ecclesial activities.