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  1. 1. 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: FourCenturiesofCatechesisinourCountry. Oneuninterruptedefforttoremainfaithful toGod, toMan, totheChurch. Onecontinuousendeavor tomaketheCatholicFaithrelevant tothecultureandthelives
  2. 2. ofourFilipinoPeople. 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 totherequirementsofcanon775 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
  3. 3. Contents PREFACE 1 Why a New Catechism.............................................................. 1 Characteristics of this Catechism...............................................3 For Whom the Catechism Is Intended.......................................4 Basic Structure of the Catechism...............................................5 Using This Catechism................................................................7 Synthesis ..................................................................................8 Foundations 1 WHO IS THE FILIPINO CATHOLIC 11 OPENING .............................................................................11 CONTEXT ............................................................................12 EXPOSITION ........................................................................13 A. Self-Identity................................................................ 13 B. Meaning in Life..........................................................14 C. Sufferings in Life....................................................... 14 D. Life-Commitment.......................................................15 E. World View................................................................15 F. The Filipino Way....................................................... 16 G. The Filipino Catholic................................................. 17 INTEGRATION ......................................................................... 18 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ............................................ 19 2 GODS CALL: REVELATION 21 OPENING .............................................................................21 CONTEXT ............................................................................22 EXPOSITION ........................................................................22 I. God Reveals Himself ...............................................22 A. In Creation...........................................................22 B. In Scripture, through Salvation History..............23 C. In the Church.......................................................24 D. In Other Religions...............................................25 II. Jesus Christ: Agent, Content and Goal of Revelation ........................................... 26 A. Goal.....................................................................26 B. Content................................................................ 26 C. Agent...................................................................26 III. Where We Find Gods Revelation .........................27 A. Scripture and Tradition....................................... 27 B. Interpreting Scripture..........................................29
  4. 4. INTEGRATION .....................................................................31 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ............................................ 32 3 OUR RESPONSE: WE BELIEVE 35 OPENING .............................................................................35 CONTEXT ................................................................................ 36 EXPOSITION ........................................................................37 I. Faith in Human Relations ......................................37 II. Faith in God .............................................................38 A. Characteristics of Christian Faith........................ 38 B. The Three Essential Dimensions of Faith...........39 C. Faith and Three Classic Questions......................41 D. Faith and Salvation..............................................41 III. Paradoxical Characteristics of Faith ....................42 A. Certain, Yet Obscure...........................................42 B. Free, Yet Morally Obliging.................................43 C. Reasonable, Yet Beyond Natural Reason...........43 D. An Act, Yet a Process......................................... 44 E. A Gift, Yet Our Doing........................................ 44 F. Personal, Yet Ecclesial........................................45 IV. Mary: Model of Faith ............................................. 46 INTEGRATION ....................................................................47 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ............................................ 48 4 OUR UNBELIEF 51 OPENING .............................................................................51 CONTEXT ............................................................................52 EXPOSITION ........................................................................53 I. Obstacles to Believing, Doing, Worshipping ........53 A. Unbelief vs. Believing.........................................53 B. Unbelief vs. Doing.............................................. 55 C. Unbelief vs. Trusting/Worshipping....................57 II. Obstacles to Belief in Self-Becoming .....................59 INTEGRATION .....................................................................60 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ............................................ 61 Part One Christ, Our Truth 5 CATHOLIC DOCTRINE: CHRIST, OUR TRUTH 65 OPENING .............................................................................65
  5. 5. CONTEXT ............................................................................66 EXPOSITION ........................................................................66 I. History of the Creeds ..............................................67 A. Biblical Creeds....................................................68 B. Liturgical and Catechetical Creeds ....................68 C. The Creed Today.................................................69 II. Objections to the Creed ..........................................69 III. Functions of the Creed ............................................70 A. Summary of Beliefs............................................ 70 B. Pledge of Loyalty................................................71 C. Proclamation of Identity......................................71 INTEGRATION .....................................................................72 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ........................................... 73 6 GOD, THE FATHER ALMIGHTY 75 OPENING .............................................................................75 CONTEXT ............................................................................76 EXPOSITION ........................................................................77 I. Preliminary Points .................................................. 77 II. God as Our Father ..................................................79 III. God Revealed as Father in Scripture ....................80 A. Yahweh in the Old Testament.............................80 B. Jesus Abba Relationship................................81 IV. Almighty ...................................................................82 INTEGRATION ....................................................................85 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ............................................ 86 7 CREATOR OF HEAVEN AND EARTH 89 OPENING .............................................................................89 CONTEXT ............................................................................90 EXPOSITION ........................................................................90 I. Creator ..................................................................... 91 The Blessed Trinity Is the Creator.............................91 II. Gods Creative Action ............................................ 92 A. Biblical and Scientific Accounts.........................92 B. Church Teaching.................................................93 III. Created Reality ........................................................94 A. Two Consequences............................................. 94 B. Man as Crown of Creation..................................95 C. Visible and Invisible: Angels..............................95 D. New Creation...................................................... 97 IV. Meaning of Creation for Human Persons ............97 V. Divine Providence ................................................... 98 INTEGRATION .....................................................................99
  6. 6. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ...........................
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