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Prologue

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V.

P

ractical

D

irections

for

U

sing

T

his

C

atechism

18

This catechism is conceived as

an organic presentation

of the

Catholic faith in its entirety. It should be seen therefore as a unified

whole. Numerous cross-references in the margin of the text (itali-

cized numbers referring to other paragraphs that deal with the

same theme), as well as the analytical index at the end of the

volume, allow the reader to view each theme in its relationship

with the entirety of the faith.

19

The texts of Sacred Scripture are often not quoted word for

word but are merely indicated by a reference (

cf

.). For a deeper

understanding of such passages, the reader should refer to the

Scriptural texts themselves. Such Biblical references are a valuable

working-tool in catechesis.

20

The use of

small print

in certain passages indicates observations

of an historical or apologetic nature, or supplementary doctrinal explana-

tions.

21

The

quotations

, also in small print, from patristic, liturgical,

magisterial or hagiographical sources, are intended to enrich

the doctrinal presentations. These texts have often been

chosen with a view to direct catechetical use.

22

At the end of each thematic unit, a series of brief texts

sum up the essentials of that unit’s teaching in con-

densed formulae. These

IN BRIEF

summaries may

suggest to local catechists brief summary formulae

that could be memorized.

VI.

N

ecessary

A

daptations

23

The Catechism emphasizes the exposition of doctrine. It

seeks to help deepen understanding of faith. In this way it is

oriented toward the maturing of that faith, its putting down roots

in personal life and its shining forth in personal conduct.

17

24

By design, this Catechism does not set out to provide the

adaptation of doctrinal presentations and catechetical methods

required by the differences of culture, age, spiritual maturity, and

social and ecclesial condition among all those to whom it is ad-

dressed. Such indispensable adaptations are the responsibility of

particular catechisms and, even more, of those who instruct the

faithful:

17 Cf.

CT

20-22, 25.