**The entire Gospel can only be learned through catechesis. When we learn the teachings in the Catechism, we learn the Gospel that the apostles taught and preached. **
[size=3][size=2]The CCC teaches:[/size][/size]
[size=3][size=2]5. "Catechesis is an education in the faith of children, young people and adults which includes especially the teaching of Christian doctrine imparted, generally speaking, in an organic and systematic way.[/size][/size]
The Church teaches the Catechism of the Catholic Church is a “sure norm for teaching the faith”. It is organized under the Creed, Sacraments, Commandments and prayer.
[size=2]This education in the faith is organized by teaching the fundamentals of the Creed, Sacraments, the Commandments and Prayer. In other words, the apostles could not preach and teach the Gospel in an unorganized way, they way we hear it in homilies today, otherwise no one could learn it. (which is why most Catholics are ignorant of basic truths) Thus, they and the early Church fathers organized the Gospel into the Creed, Sacraments, Commandments and Prayer. The whole Gospel is contained under these basic truths, when they are explained and taught. [/size]
[size=2]Thus the Church teaches in the Directory for Catechesis (approved and promulgated by the Pope)
105 Catechesis is nothing other than the process of transmitting the Gospel, as the Christian community has received it, understands it, celebrates it, lives it and communicates it in many ways.
Didn’t we all think that by learning the Catechisms we were ONLY learning the Catholic faith, Catholic doctrine, Christian doctrine, etc? Yes, that is true, but the Catholic faith, Catholic doctrine, Christian doctrine, truths of the faith, etc. have all come from the apostles in Tradition and Scripture. But apostolic Tradition is simply the Gospel the apostles taught and preached and lived. So, the Catholic faith is simply the living Gospel that has come down from the apostles.
In other words, when we are taught the basic teachings of the catechism, we are being taught the Gospel the apostles taught and preached. This only makes sense. Since the apostles taught and preached the Gospel and they appointed bishops to carry on this teaching to successive generations, and the apostles and bishops handed this Gospel on by explaining the Creed, Sacraments, Commandments and Prayer, then when we learn Catholic doctrine, using the Catechism as a “sure norm for teaching the faith”, we are learning the Gospel that Jesus and the Holy Spirit taught the apostles.
Thus, to learn the very basics of the Gospel, we should be taught the basic teachings in local catechisms, such as the Baltimore Catechism.
The Church teaches in the Directory for Catechesis (approved and promulgated by the Pope)
131 In local catechisms, the Church communicates the Gospel in a manner accessible to the human person so that it may be really perceived as the “Good News” of salvation.
Remember when Catholic priests used to teach converts by teaching the basic Baltimore Catechism? They were simply teaching the Gospel the apostles handed down in Tradition. That is why local Catechisms make so much sense. They teach the basic Gospel as the Church lives and believes it today.
The four Gospels of the bible contain only a part of the Full Gospel the apostles taught and preached. Because Jesus taught these apostles for 3 years, yet only a little was written in the bible. Then He taught them “about the kingdom” (the church) after His resurrection but before His ascension, and none of that is written down. Then He sent them the Holy Spirit to “teach them all things”, but none of these teachings were written down. But, the apostles had to teach this full Gospel to the laity and to their successors and this entire Gospel is the Catholic faith today. The teachings of this full Gospel is contained in the catechisms today.
Does anyone disagree. Has any Catholic ever heard these ideas from anyone in the Chuch in this country.
I have never heard that the Catholic faith is the Gospel the apostles handed down. I have never heard that to evangelize and teach the Gospel we simply evangelize and teach the Catholic faith, as summarized in the Creed, sacraments, commandments and prayer, and as taught by the Popes today, since it is a LIVING Gospel.
I learned them from lots of prayer before the Eucharist and by ONLY studying official Catholic Church documents, especially the “Directory for Catechesis”.
That is why I believe even the Catholic bishops in this country don’t recognize these basic truths as being the content of the Gospel today. If they did, then certainly we would have been taught these truths.