The Catechism of the Catholic Church

PART ONE: THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

SECTION ONE "I will 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?

IN BRIEF

 

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"

IN BRIEF

 

Article 2 THE TRANSMISSION OF DIVINE REVELATION

I. The Apostolic Tradition

II. The Relationship Between Tradition and Sacred Scripture

III. The Interpretation of the Heritage of Faith

IN BRIEF

 

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

IN BRIEF

 

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

IN BRIEF

The Credo

 

SECTION TWO I. THE CREEDS

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

Paragraph 2. THE FATHER

Paragraph 3. THE ALMIGHTY

Paragraph 4. THE CREATOR

Paragraph 5. HEAVEN AND EARTH

Paragraph 6. MAN

Paragraph 7. THE FALL

 

CHAPTER TWO I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, THE ONLY SON OF GOD

ARTICLE 2 "AND IN JESUS CHRIST, HIS ONLY SON, OUR LORD"

I. Jesus

II. Christ

III. The Only Son of God

IV. Lord

IN BRIEF

 

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

Paragraph 2. "CONCEIVED BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND BORN OF THE VIRGIN MARY"

Paragraph 3. THE MYSTERIES OF CHRIST'S LIFE

 

Article 4 "JESUS CHRIST SUFFERED UNDER PONTIUS PILATE, WAS CRUCIFIED, DIED AND WAS BURIED"

Paragraph 1. JESUS AND ISRAEL

Paragraph 2. JESUS DIED CRUCIFIED

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

 

Article 6 "HE ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN AND IS SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER"

IN BRIEF

 

Article 7 "FROM THENCE HE WILL COME AGAlN TO JUDGE THE LIVING AND THE DEAD"

I. He Will Come Again in Glory

II. To Judge the Living and the Dead

IN BRIEF

 

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 Name, 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

IN BRIEF

 

 

Article 9 "I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH"

Paragraph 1. THE CHURCH IN GOD'S PLAN

Paragraph 2. THE CHURCH - PEOPLE OF GOD, BODY OF CHRIST, TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Paragraph 3. THE CHURCH IS ONE, HOLY, CATHOLIC, AND APOSTOLIC

Paragraph 4. CHRIST'S FAITHFUL - HIERARCHY, LAITY, CONSECRATED LIFE

Paragraph 5. THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS

Paragraph 6. MARY - MOTHER OF CHRIST, MOTHER 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 Christ Jesus

IN BRIEF

 

Article 12 "I BELIEVE IN LIFE EVERLASTING"

I. The Particular Judgment

II. Heaven

III. The Final Purification, or Purgatory

IV. Hell

V. The Last Judgment

VI. Hope of the New Heaven and the New Earth

IN BRIEF

"Amen"

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