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Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Faith Resources Newsletter - Number 81 - December 2018
a Child is born to us, and a Son is given to us, and the government is
upon His shoulder: and His name will be called, Wonderful, Counsellor,
God the Mighty, the Father of the world to come, the Prince of Peace. Isaiah
Message from the Manager
warm welcome to the second part of our 2018 Christmas email
Newsletter. The next three Handouts - 168, 169, 170 - which concern
Father Tierney’s well-researched submission to the 2020 Plenary
Council come with this edition so we urge you to read them.
We wish to thank all our readers for their generosity this year. Your
prayers, physical help and monetary sacrifices have been invaluable
in sustaining the apostolate and Father will be offering Masses for
everyone during the forthcoming beautiful Christmas season. As
Catholics we know that Advent and Christmas are about preparing for
and celebrating the birth of Christ, a time of hope, peace and joy.
It has been a great delight to see an increase in the number of
people spending extra time in front of the Blessed Sacrament in this
parish (Our Lady of the Rosary St Marys). We are further delighted
and surprised by the number of people who are already buying presents
that give true meaning to the season . Though we have sold a large number
of Nativity sets this year we still have a number of good quality
ones available as well as activities, puzzles, books, DVDs and music
for Advent and Christmas.
Padre Pio and Mother Teresa talk about the necessity of spiritual
reading for our growth in grace so we know a gift from our extensive
range will be of great benefit. We have reintroduced special prices
for our calendars, liturgical materials and diaries for 2019 until
Christmas. Our stocks are steadily selling so please do not hesitate
to come in or ring us if you require anything.
Our premises in St Marys is being steadily reorganised and the new
“look” makes it easier to browse and shop. During December we have
been open Monday to Saturday and we will be trading 2:30 pm to 8:30pm
on Sunday 23rd December. Our last day of trading for 2018 will Monday
24th December 9:30 - 5:00pm. As part of our revamp there will be a
thorough stocktake in early January.
We will reopen on 16th January 2019 at 9:30am with a 10-70% Off RRP
Sale (until sold out) which will end at 5:00pm on Friday 25th
January. Unfortunately, once an item is sold out we are unable to
offer the sale price on most of these products. Items bought on sale
cannot be returned so please choose carefully. Also note that we
already sell Holy Heroes products and Vision Books at 33-40% off RRP
all year round as we believe these are an integral part of
Evangelisation for children so there will be no further discounts on
these. There is also a huge range of second hand religious books,
home schooling books and science materials at bargain prices. Most of
these materials are in excellent condition, and those that are not
are still usable. It is highly recommended that you view and sift
through these goods in our rooms.
We are excited to announce that the new on-line shop is almost ready
to go “live”. If you are interested in our sale, we recommend that
all Sydney customers visit us in St Marys so you can see what you are
buying first hand. Due to stock levels the sale prices will not be
available on the website but our country and aged customers can ring
us outside of trading hours between 7:45am - 8:45am of a morning and
5:15 – 6:00pm in the evening from 16th-25th January. This will give
us time to check stock levels and process your order with the allocated
discount and send it out. Sometimes two calls come in at the same
time so if we do not answer please leave a message with your name and
phone number and we will contact you as soon as possible. Please try
not to ring during opening hours as we may be too busy to help you.
Please take the time to view the products below and think seriously
about making some of these your gifts to give at Christmas time.
Thank you again for making our year so fruitful. May God bless you
and keep you safe during this joyful season.
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CHRISTis the first of 4
parts, all starting with “C”, in this submission: the others are:-
·CATECHETICS in the faith once delivered to
·CONFESSION of sin and seeking holiness; and
·CONCEPTION of saints in matrimony and
These are the
four vital topics in this submission for the renewal of Catholicism and
Christianity in Australia, to rebuild vital items that have gone
missing, and to clear away obstacles to virtue.
THE FACTS of our
Vatican Council [VCII] has given us the ideas and ideals for the new
the greatest concern of VCII has not yet been achieved.
This concern was
declared by Pope St John XXIII at its opening, on 11th October, 1962:
concern of the Second Vatican Council is
that the Sacred
Deposit of Christian
Doctrine should be guarded and taught more efficaciously.
Quoted in Abbott, Documents
of VCII, p. 713; and Catechism of the Catholic Church p. 2; emphasis added.
In actual fact,
the Sacred Deposit of Christian Doctrine is less well guarded and taughtthan in 1962. So Catechetics will be the nucleus for our
renewal in Christ, in Confession, and in Conception.
CHRIST: vocations to His priesthood
“Jesus did not
want a Church without priests,” declared St John Paul II to Australian
seminarians in Melbourne in 1986. Christ desires vocations to His
Priesthood and perseverance in it.
catechesis for a renewed faith and devotion to Christ in the Holy
·This “Presence-Sacrament” needs much more
reverent genuflections and adoration than customary today.
·This Sacrifice-Sacrament requires matching
sacrifices in participants, including celibacy in priests.
·This Communion-Sacrament is symbiotic with
prayer and zest for holiness and so for Confession.
·The Apostles’ Creed unveils the Trinity
& Incarnation, the life of Christ and our life in Christ.
Father is the key to all
prayer, first privately, then liturgically at Mass.
·The Ten Commandments and Sermon on the
Mount alert us to sin, Confession, and holiness.
Family Catechism Disciples’ Edition
offers easy memorization and understanding.
·This Sacrament has been almost abolished
in the Protestant mindset of many Mass-going Catholics.
·Contraception, General Absolutions,
general worldliness, no sense of sin: all cry out for Confession.
·Without regular Confession, zeal for
holiness ceases and sins multiply.
·Contraception is the chief enemy of the
Sacrament of Matrimony by which spouses should sanctify each other and
their children (CCC n. 1534) and for sustainable marriage.
·“Contracepting the Gospel” by concealment,
corruption or even cowardice is a major vice or temptation for quite a
number of otherwise good priests who desperately need leadership and
Seven Pledges of a glory-giver
On MY HONOUR, I promise that I will do my best to be God’s
a child of the
with Jesus Christ, my Saviour and Friend,
with the Holy
Spirit as my Helper and Guide.
I reject Satan,
sin and selfishness.
I will be a child
of Mary and the Church,
a Good Samaritan
to my neighbour,
and faithful to
the duties of my vocation in life to which it has pleased God to call
Saint N., named my patron at Baptism
(and Saint N. at Confirmation),
help me to please Jesus (today)
by imitating your virtues.
Modesty before God and man
Goodwill flows from a pure heart, a good conscience
and a sincere faith, (cf. 1 Timothy 1:5)
Lord, help me save my
by putting others
— their safety,
feelings, comfort —
and make me pure
in gesture, deed
and dress, speech and thinking,
never rude or
and to shun pride
or any vulgar
display of my body, talents or successes;
may I always
imitate Mary Thy lowly handmaid,
Catechism of Christ Thy Son,
Who lives and
reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
of the Reform of the Liturgy
VCII began the New Evangelizationwith
Liturgical Renewal in Sacrosanctum
Concilium (SC). Yet its
implementation has failed to deliver what VCII intended. Its
implementation needs Reform.
Proof: People with no
memory of the Old Rite, youth and young families, are escaping from the Ordinary Form they were attending, to the
Extraordinary Form 1962 Latin
Mass, or to the dignified
sacral English and deportment of the new Ordinariate Mass for convert Anglicans, or simply to the SSPX. New liturgy is so often celebrated in a way that does not
raise them to God and grip their souls.
Surely we must re-read what the Council said and also evaluate the pastoral efficacy of changes not in VCII, e.g. Mass “facing the
people”, Communion in the hand, standing up, from lay ministers. See “A
Liturgy Awesome and Wondrous”, Appendix pp. 23-24.
Another indicator is a dearth of vocations to sacramental states of life — matrimony, priesthood, Religious
Life, from families. Shonky liturgy, shoddy catechetics, worldliness,
have killed off vocations.
THE SENSE OF THE
SACRED — “We beheld His glory” (John 1:14)
It is evident
that the liturgy must favour the Sense of the Sacred and make it shine
It must be
permeated by the spirit of reverence, adoration and the glorification
Synod of Bishops in Rome, 1985, Final Report IIB(b) 1
But it isn’t! The Sense of the Sacred is negated by worldly entertainments
and alien ceremonies merging off into mere antics. Such do not hold the
faithful, proven since 1970 by 85% adults, adolescents and children no
longer present at all. “Actual
participation,” participatio actualis, not just “active participation”, participatio activa, is a subtlety missing in the translations
of VCII’s SC. In practice, the Sense of the Sacred, that vital
“sacramental” such as human nature needs, is missing too.
PRIEST at ALTAR:
Which side of the altar ?
Godward to the altar? or Facing the people across the altar ?
We assume Mass
should be “turned to the people” — but it’s not in VCII’s SC, and came
later: The altar should be built separate from the wall, in such a way
tiiat it is possible to walk around it easily and that Mass can be
celebrated at it facing the people, which is desirable wherever
Instruction of the Roman Missal [GIRM] n. 299
This is the only
mention of “Mass facing
the people” in the GIRM, or indeed in the entire Missal. Its purpose
seem to be that a free standing altar can be incensed all round; and
only secondarily, it makes “facing the people” possible, “can be”,
preferred, “which is
desirable", but not
Yet contrary passages in GIRM and repeated in the
rubrics (red print in altar edition), assume the priest is not “facing
the people,” but leading them to the altar, “on their side”. Never say
“with his back to us” because the priest turns to greet the
people — except for the start of the Eucharistic Prayer.
If facing the people were normative, these directives
“to turn to the people” are meaningless:-
Location in the
no rubric says “turned to the people”, unlike rubrics 29, 127, 132,
Sign of Peace
Lamb of God”
“Turned back to
the altar”: the only such mention after a rubric “turned to the
“Let us pray”
before post-Communion prayer: significant if at the altar and not at
We need reports
from priests and parishioners who have experienced the English Mass ad orientem (priest facing liturgical east), whether English Novus Ordo or Old Latin Rite.
SACRED SILENCE —
No chatter in church: it’s stealing the
attention people owe to God.
at the designated time... Even before tire celebration itself, it is
praiseworthy for silence to be observed in the church... sacristy... vesting room... adjacent
areas, so that all may dispose themselves to carry out the sacred celebration in a
devout and fitting manner. (GIRM n. 45b)
and sounds of “power presentations” negate the Sense of the Sacred. And
their impact on the young is quite blunted by familiarity. Overhead
projectors and liturgical dancing are destructive of the Sense of the
Sacred. The faithful cease to forget themselves to meet God. So Our
Lord cleansed the Temple:-
Take all of this
out of here!(John 2:16; Mark
Turn your steps
to these places that are utterly ruined! The enemy has laid waste the
whole of the sanctuary. Your foes have made uproar in your house of
prayer: they have set up their emblems, their foreign emblems, high
above the entrance of the sanctuary. (Psalm 74:3-5 — Little Hour, Thursday Week 3)
“Clear, brief and
easily assimilated by all” Download
as a PDF
This Handoutscontinues on The
Reform of the Reform
ALTAR BOYS & YOUTHS are needed on the sanctuary, and no more unisex
(1) It encourages “the less couth sex” to edify the
faithful; (2) promotes vocations to priestly
fatherhood in the sacred
ministry or in families; (3) and inspires males in the manliness of
Christ in His Action. (4) We can transform existing altar girls into
new groups; (5) with their own special devotions before &/or after
Mass, dress and functions, to serve the faithful before, during and
after Mass, as choirs, welcomers, distributing and tidying up notice
sheets, organizing Offertory Procession, florists, sacristans: a new
sort of Children of Mary. For more details, see Handouts 131.
FAITH & DEVOTION
to live in Christ Jesus
Our vocation is
to holiness (VCII LG
n. 42) There is no lay apostolate without it. It is urgent
— now. The soul of the apostolate is the interior life. Growth in
holiness depends on contact with God. Quality contact with God depends
on earnest Confession and properly prepared Holy Communions. Liturgy
makes Christ’s Mysteries become ours: His words, Revelation, Pascal
Mystery and charity. His visible presence passed over into sacraments (St Leo the Great, Liturgy of the Hours,
vol. II, p. 641).
His Mysteries of
Salvation are re-enacted in, and empower, the Mass and other Sacrament.
Thereby we enter into His Mysteries and into Him. and into the life of
the Blessed Trinity. His Mysteries are further praised and contemplated
in The Liturgy of the Hoursand
meditated in the 20 Mysteries of the Rosary, which are sometimes
enriched with Bible texts (only by agreement of participants) or
pictures, and most of all His abiding Presence in the tabernacle or the
THE LORD’S DAY —
the Day of Christ’s Resurrection from the Dead
We can strive to restore Sunday to its God-status and
a rest day from work such as
human nature needs, for renewal
of body and soul and enhancing family bonds. No more economic
the Novus Ordo Latin
There should be
no more textual changes, not for years — tinkering is destabilizing,
even if it were to bring in more sacral language like archaic 2nd person pronouns as on. pp. 2, 5, 6, 9 and 18.
And NO UNISEX: no
further surrender whatever to its false science, philosophy and
PRESENCE — “The Lord is in this place and I knew it not!”
In the Development of Doctrine and of Devotion over
centuries and millennia, the faithful came to recognize the Abiding
Presence in the Sacrament reserved for the dying and sick in the
tabernacle: it really is the Real Presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Body
and Blood, Soul and Divinity, under the appearances of wafer bread,
and, at Mass, of the consecrated wine as well.
Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament is a special
Without Mass “facing the people,” tabernacles can be
restored to altars. Hear a Pope prophesy: The altar is more important
than the tabernacle, because on it is offered the Lord’s sacrifice. In
the tabernacle, on the other hand, He is present as long as the
consecrated species last, yet is not making a permanent sacrificial
offering. ...An awareness of their unity is more important than a
realization of their difference. It is one and the same Lord Who is
immolated on the altar and honoured in the tabernacle, and Who pours
out His blessings from the tabernacle. ...A person who is thoroughly
convinced of this would avoid many difficulties. He would be wary of
exaggerating the significance of one to the detriment of the other.
There is... a tendency to... a lessening of esteem for the presence and
action of Christ in the tabernacle. The sacrifice of the altar is held
sufficient, and the importance of Him Who accomplishes it is reduced.
Yet the person of our Lord must hold the central place in worship, for
it is His person that unifies the relations of the altar and the
tabernacle and gives them their meaning... to separate tabernacle from
altar is to separate two things which by their origin and nature remain
Venerable Pius XII: International Congress on
Pastoral Liturgy, at Assisi, 1956
·Restore Communion kneeling at altar rails:
it’s far more reverent, and actually faster, and there is no need for
bows or genuflections since kneeling counts as adoration.
·Meanwhile, recognize the contradictions on
genuflections in GIRM between nn. 160 and 274-275.
·Limit extraordinary ministers of Communion
for numbers >50; and use Both Kinds only for small groups.
·Encourage Communion on the tongue: it
saves irreverence and is the default setting in GIRM n. 161.
A Golden Chain of texts on the Presence of God
O God Almighty,
the mystery awesome & wondrous
Truly Thou art a hidden God, the God of Israel, the Saviour. (Isaiah
Heaven and earth
are full of Thy glory(cf. Isaiah 6:3)
Be still, and know that I am God.(Psalm 46 : 10)
Speak, Lord, Thy
servant is listening(1 Samuel 3:10)
Trinity, the Holy One
Jesus rejoiced in
the Holy Spirit... and said, “All things have been delivered
to Me by My Father;
and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son
and those to whom
the Son chooses to reveal Him. Come
unto Me...(Luke 10: 21; Matthew 11:27-28)
Glory be to
— the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.(Luke 2:14; Matthew 28:19)
O Son Incarnate
In the beginning was the Word, and the
Word was with God, and the Word was God;
the same was in the beginning with God;
all things were
made by Him, and without Him was nothing made that was made...
and the Word was
made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory,
the glory as of
the only-begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.(John 1:1,2,14)
The Real Presence
of Jesus Christ
contained in a
Presence-Sacrament, offered in a Sacrifice-Sacrament, received in a
And behold! I am
with you always — [until] I come in glory(Matthew 28:20;
With desire have
I desired to eat this passover with you, before I suffer. . . (Luke 22:15)
Do this in memory
of Me(Luke 22:19)
Eat this Bread
and live for ever(John 6:58)
Sacrament of the Altar of Sacrifice
Truly, the Lord
is in this place and I knew it
not...How awesome is this
It is none other
than the House of God and the Gate of Heaven.(Genesis 28:17)
is in His holy temple; let the whole earth keep silence before Him.(Habakuk 2:20)
Our situation is perilous and deteriorating
We are failing to Hand on the Faith to the younger
generation,“the faith once delivered to the saints”(Jude 1:3), a “trust
committed to us”(cf. l Timothy 6:20)in Catholic
Schools. See Conclusions
The evidence is there for all to see: hundreds of
children in school playgrounds, all healthy, scrubbed and uniformed,
yet at best a mere handful seen at Sunday Mass. After 13 years in Catholic
Schools, few boys and girls graduate as practising Catholics committed
to the lay apostolate.
priesthood or Religious Life are sparse, and even to marriage becoming scarcer, alsobegetting children — evidence
is in theParish Registers of Marriages and Baptisms.
Check it out for yourself. Ask pupils,“What did Jesus do and why did He?” Or
Apostles’ Creed. Name the Sacraments. Recite the Ten Commandments and
the Our Father.”
The Catholic Schools cannot cope with their vast
majority of lapsed Catholics and non-Catholics. Sometimes they corrupt
children even of practising parents. For decades, Catholic education
lacked solid religion teaching, an absolute necessity for lay apostles.
And many teachers lack faith
and fervour — unlike
Catholic homeschoolers. Homeschoolers
do not identify education
with schools, nor even with a schooling. See VCII GE on Christian Education nn. 1-3 on an upbringing at home
(including n. 1for sex education); n. 5 says
“the special mission of schools is nurturing the intellectual
MENDING THE MESS — Bishops & Priests: we are the
teachers of the teachers: pp. 27-28
Catholic home-schooling (tutoring/education) has proved successful for a
really Catholic education.
Parent-run schools are another alternative. They are freer from
interference from the failed theories of Church and government
bureaucrats. Their simple secret: an upbringing and schooling by loving
mothers and fathers, or professional teachers devoted to their Faith in
Jesus. (See p. 12)
The most vital part of a Catholic education is not
academic success, but an upbringing, and then accompanied by a fitting
level of academic schooling, for young disciples to become adult lay apostles.
Part 2. Catechetics in Christian Doctrine for Religious Education
Download as a PDF
Catechetics is handing on the faith once delivered to
the saints (Jude 1:3)
The Church must
abandon RE programs which fail to teach the basics of the faith. Real teaching includes “heralding”, telling the potential disciples what the
faith is: catechetics with
This lack in RE was recognized 33 years ago at the
Extraordinary Synod of Bishops summoned by St John Paul II in 1985.
This synod was to assess the implementation of VCII 20 years after its
conclusion. The Synod’s Final
Report[henceforth FR] issued a general
There had been a defective understanding and application of the Second Vatican Council.
That is an accurate translation of defectuoso intellectu et applicatione.It
was mistranslated in the St Paul Edition for Australia in FRon p. 19: “an incomplete understanding and lack of
application,” as though all
that was needed was ‘more of the same’, which was quite false.
Specifically, on catechetical matters, the Synod
Everywhere in the
world today the transmission to the young of the faith and moral values
deriving from the Gospel is in peril. The knowledge of the faith and the acceptance of the moral
order are often reduced to a minimum. FR p. 31 as translated accurately in the St Paul
Extraordinary Synod called for a new catechism akin to the Roman
Catechism of Trent: and an integral and systematic catechesis, and the provision of a catechism or compendium of all Catholic doctrine, both faith and
morals.fr pp. 31, 33.
This was delivered to us in 1992/94 as the Catechism of the Catholic Church [henceforth CCC], The Second Edition in 2000 adds a helpful Glossary especially to suit Catholic
and State School catechists and adult catechesis. Subsequently it was
supplemented by the Compendium
of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, in 2006, with 598 Questions & Answers. It is not designed
for schooling K-10, but maybe would suit years 11-12.
Not yet implemented in Australia, but rather unknown
or ignored or even bitterly opposed, yet vitally relevant to our
Australian problem, was the second sentence in CCC n. 22:
At the end of
each thematic unit, a series of brief texts in small italics sums up
the essentials of that unit’s teaching in condensed formulae. These “IN
BRIEF” summaries may
suggest to local catechists brief summary formulae that could be
In Australia, officially mandated catechetics has
mostly led us into a dead-end. See Vera
Doctrina — True Doctrine,at
the end of the listing of Handoutson
We shall evangelize and catechize successfully when
we restore the teaching of the Gospel faith “in its entirety and integrity,” as Bishop William Brennan (RIP) said.
This is the very
The Second Vatican
Code of Canon Law,1983
Catechism of the Catholic Church,1992/1998/2000
Compendium, of the Catechism of the Catholic Church,2005/2006
for beginners in the Catholic
editions from 1981 to 2009.
Family Catechism — for Home, Parish & school
With it, local
priest, parishioners and school can help families to get started.
The “brief summary formulas that could be
memorized” (ccc n. 22 second
sentence)are absent in materials from dioceses, nor
are they in the texts they recommend — they seem not to believe in it.
For these formulas, we need children’s
catechisms of Q&As designed for memorization.
A catECHism is a
book of echoes, ECHoes of the faith, for the faith to ECHo in the minds
and memories of disciples. Its Q&As and Bible texts unite home,
parish and school.
Enclosed is the Catholic
Family Catechism Disciples’ Edition (CFCDE), with 50 Q&As (129 pp.). Its Apostles’ Edition (AE) has 500 Q&As (145 pp.). Family
catechisms support faith and piety, as do parish catechists and some
Catholic schools. CFCDE’s 50 Q&As fit on one sheet of A4, see pp.
29-30. Their underpinning is on pp. 31-32; and the same principles
applied in a non-religious topic, pp. 33-34.
SKELETON, not sufficient, but without one you’re ONLY JELLY FISH!
catechesis has lacked a skeleton and been a spineless jellyfish chewing
cotton wool. Yet a skeleton is not
sufficient. It must be
taught by a zealous
believer and with
participation in a -worshipping
community, i.e. at Mass on
Sundays, with parents persuaded to take the young disciples. Such a
catechism can unite home, church & school (p. 11) in “the faith
once delivered to the saints”(Jude 1:3).
The Catholic Family Catechism[hence cfc], is designed first and foremost for Family Catechetics. It was conceived in 1975, constructed in
1980 and defended from suppression and rejection ever since.
Such a Q&A catechism is the required skeleton. The Catholic Family
Catechism,has sold over 300,000 in multiple editions
and translations from 1981. Its carefully crafted Q&As use literary
devices like alliteration, assonance, sense lines, and rhythm (more
than rhyme) to facilitate learning by heart and to be chantable. It
fulfils Pope St John Paul’s memorization and contents requirements of
The blossoms of
faith and piety [he said] do not grow in the desert places of a
1. the words of Jesus e.g. Our
passages e.g. God so loved the world...
3.the Creeds e.g. I believe in God, the Father Almighty...
Commandments e.g. / am the Lord Thy God...
5.liturgical texts e.g. I confess to Almighty God...
prayers e.g. Hail, Mary...
7. key doctrinal
ideas etc e.g. the 50 Questions
& Answersin CFC.
Catechesis in our Time, 16th October, 1979, §55 with sample items added in italic.
CATECHISM of the CATHOLIC CHURCH justifies CATHOLIC
The Catechism of the Catholic Church... is not intended to replace local
catechisms duly approved by the ecclesiastical authorities...
especially if they have been approved by the Apostolic See.
Catechism of the
Catholic Church from the First
Edition, repeated in the A.D. 2000 Second Edition, p. 6
Scripture, the Fathers, Liturgy, Magisterium to serve as a point of reference for local catechisms.
It is offered through the
bishops for redactors [authors/editors] of catechisms.(CCC nn. 11,12).
Oddi, Prefect for the Congregation of the Clergy, on 2nd December, 1982, wrote me:
We [i.e. the dicastery of cardinals, not just himself] do hope that your catechism will be widely
used in all the English speaking countries and will be of great help to Christian
families which are, to use the term of the Vatican Council, true
Earlier on, in
the early 1970s, came my first support for doctrinal catechesis:
Congregation restricts its formal evaluation of catechetical texts to
those so-called ‘national texts’ intended for approval by a national
conference of Bishops. However, I do not want to allow this opportunity
to pass without commending you for including in your Programme the
complete Ten Commandments; the fact of sin, original and actual; the need for sacramental confession; the basic prayers for
Catholics as well as other
essential elements which,
unfortunately, are often lacking in modern catechetical publications.
Congregation for Clergy, 15-11-1972, regarding Apostles of Christ lesson plan Years 7-10
Parents should be
provided with catechisms
written for families. (Rite of Baptism for Children 1972, pp. 10-11.)
Soon after the
publication on 2nd February, 1981 of the original Catholic Family Catechism:-
suitable catechism for
families... clear, brief and easily assimilated by all...
Pope St Joint Paul 11, Familiaris Consortio
n. 39, 22th November, 1981.
I have the honour
to assure you of his [His Holiness’s] continued interest in your
Secretary of State, 23rd August, 1991
your CFC 2nd Revised Edition has been included in our recent
Cardinal Lopez Trujillo, Pontifical Council for the
Family, 14th March, 1992
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