though the terms can be interchanged
catechism = the official church teachings
religious education = all relevent subjects to religion for example the Canons, Counsels, Church structure, GIRM, catechism, alter service, etc, etc
faith formation - generally used to emphasis a move away from rules and more toward feeling, personal relationships to the God
I know that catechesis was originally used to describe the oral instruction given to persons before baptism or confirmation, but eventually the information was written down into books called catechisms.
sort of. No knowledge is required for baptism only a belief the person is trying to become catholic. Today confirmation requirements are a bit undefined as the new RCIA guides tend to emphasis feeling and often forget to mention rules exist
And it appears that the term “religious education” is not used as much as in the past, and that “faith formation” is the currently favored term for the process of educating children and adults in the Christian faith.
Could someone please explain the differences between these terms?
Catholics were often seen as lacking the faith of Protestants. this was because Protestant focused on scriptures and faith while Catholics were under the Bishop’s guides, currently we are reorienting that issue ( on’t tell anybody as it is a secret)
hope that helps