Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Faith Resources Newsletter - Number 81 - December 2018

For 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 9:6

Message from the Manager
A 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.
God bless,
Gai Smith

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Cardinal Newman Catechist Consultants — 6th August, 2018
“Clear, brief and easily assimilated by all”
Part 1. Christ Jesus Our Lord
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CHRIST is the first of 4 parts, all starting with “C”, in this submission: the others are:-
·         CATECHETICS in the faith once delivered to the saints;
·         CONFESSION of sin and seeking holiness; and
·         CONCEPTION of saints in matrimony and priesthood.
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 Second Vatican Council [VCII] has given us the ideas and ideals for the new Evangelization. However, 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:
The greatest 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 taught than in 1962. So Catechetics will be the nucleus for our renewal in Christ, in Confession, and in Conception.
IN 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.
Vocations require catechesis for a renewed faith and devotion to Christ in the Holy Eucharist:-
·         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.
·         The Our 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.
·         The Catholic 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.
CONCEPTION of saints
·         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 support.
Personal Covenant
Seven Pledges of a glory-giver
On MY HONOUR, I promise that I will do my best to be God’s glory-giver:-
a child of the Father,
a cross-bearer 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 me.
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 soul
by putting others before myself
— their safety, feelings, comfort —
and make me pure and humble,
truly manly/womanly,
modest and well-mannered
in gesture, deed and dress, speech and thinking,
never rude or crude,
and to shun pride and vanity,
or any vulgar display of my body, talents or successes;
may I always imitate Mary Thy lowly handmaid,
the Living Catechism of Christ Thy Son,
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
The Reform of the Reform of the Liturgy
    VCII began the New Evangelization with 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 forth.
It must be permeated by the spirit of reverence, adoration and the glorification of God.
Extraordinary 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 ?
Leading them 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 possible...
General 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 commanded.
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 Eucharistic Liturgy
Washing hands
“Pray, brethren”
Before Preface no rubric says “turned to the people”, unlike rubrics 29, 127, 132, 139
Sign of Peace
“Behold die Lamb of God”
“Turned back to the altar”: the only such mention after a rubric “turned to the people”
“Let us pray” before post-Communion prayer: significant if at the altar and not at the chair
Blessing and Dismissal
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.
Sacred silence... 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)
Electronic sights 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 11:15-16)
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)
Father James Tierney

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Cardinal Newman Catechist Consultants — 8th August, 2018
“Clear, brief and easily assimilated by all”
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This Handouts continues 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 Hours and 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 monstrance.
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 determinism!
TRANSLATIONS from 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 femspeak!
THE FORGOTTEN 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 blessing.
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 united.
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.

Catena Aurea
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 45:15)
Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory    (cf. Isaiah 6:3)
Be still, and know that I am God.    (Psalm 46 [45]: 10)
Speak, Lord, Thy servant is listening    (1 Samuel 3:10)
O Blessed 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 Communion-Sacrament.
And behold! I am with you always — [until] I come in glory    (Matthew 28:20; cf. 25:31)
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)
His Abiding Presence in
the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar of Sacrifice
Truly, the Lord is in this place and I knew it not... How awesome is this place!
It is none other than the House of God and the Gate of Heaven.    (Genesis 28:17)
.The Lord 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 p. 20.
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.
Vocations to priesthood or Religious Life are sparse, and even to marriage becoming scarcer, also    begetting children — evidence is in the    Parish Registers of Marriages and Baptisms.
Check it out for yourself. Ask pupils,    “What did Jesus do and why did He?” Or ask them,
“Say the 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. 1    for sex education); n. 5 says “the special mission of schools is nurturing the intellectual faculties”.
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.
Father James Tierney

© The Rev. B.J.H. Tierney. Handouts are free and may be copied for any non-profit teaching purpose. However, donations to defray costs are welcome and should be made to the publisher and distributor, the Cardinal Newman Faith Resources Inc. PO Box 359, St Marys NSW 1790; phone 02 9673 2235; fax 02 9623 3181 email <>

Cardinal Newman Catechist Consultants — 15th August, 2018
“Clear, brief and easily assimilated by all”

Part 2. Catechetics in Christian Doctrine for Religious Education
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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 Catholic content.
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 warning:
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 FR on 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 also said:
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 Edition.
The 1985 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 memorized.
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 Handouts on
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 message of:-
  • The Second Vatican Council, 1962-1965
  • The Code of Canon Law, 1983
  • The Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1992/1998/2000
  • The Compendium, of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2005/2006
  • Their implementation for beginners in the Catholic Family Catechism, editions from 1981 to 2009.

Catholic 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.
A necessary SKELETON, not sufficient, but without one you’re ONLY JELLY FISH!
Since 1970, 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 1979:-
The blossoms of faith and piety [he said] do not grow in the desert places of a memory-less catechesis…
1. the words of Jesus e.g. Our Father...
2. Important Bible passages e.g. God so loved the world...
3. the Creeds e.g. I believe in God, the Father Almighty...
4. the Ten Commandments e.g. / am the Lord Thy God...
5. liturgical texts e.g. I confess to Almighty God...
6. essential prayers e.g. Hail, Mary...
7. key doctrinal ideas etc e.g. the 50 Questions & Answers in CFC.
Catechesis in our Time, 16th October, 1979, §55 with sample items added in italic.
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
...sources are 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).
Cardinal Silvio 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 ‘domestic churches’.
Earlier on, in the early 1970s, came my first support for doctrinal catechesis:
This Sacred 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.
A/Bp Palazzini, 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:-
[Provide]... a 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 catechetical apostolate.
Secretary of State, 23rd August, 1991
Advice concerning your CFC 2nd Revised Edition has been included in our recent bulletin.
Cardinal Lopez Trujillo, Pontifical Council for the Family, 14th March, 1992
Father James Tierney

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