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Whoever teaches must become “all things to all men” (

1 Cor

9:22), to win everyone to Christ. . . . Above all, teachers must

not imagine that a single kind of soul has been entrusted to

them, and that consequently it is lawful to teach and form

equally all the faithful in true piety with one and the same

method! Let them realize that some are in Christ as newborn

babes, others as adolescents, and still others as adults in full

command of their powers. . . . Those who are called to the

ministry of preaching must suit their words to the maturity

and understanding of their hearers, as they hand on the

teaching of the mysteries of faith and the rules of moral



Above All—Charity


To conclude this Prologue, it is fitting to recall this pastoral

principle stated by the

Roman Catechism


The whole concern of doctrine and its teaching must be

directed to the love that never ends. Whether something is

proposed for belief, for hope or for action, the love of our

Lord must always be made accessible, so that anyone can see

that all the works of perfect Christian virtue spring from love

and have no other objective than to arrive at love.



Roman Catechism,

Preface, 11; cf.

1 Cor


1 Pet



Roman Catechism,

Preface, 10; cf.

1 Cor