What does the Church ACTUALLY teach about___?

What does the Catholic Church actually teach about homosexuality, marriage, social justice, war, the death penalty, the environment or any of the other issues agitating contemporary culture? Contrary to what many would have you believe, it’s not hard to find out. The Catechism of the Catholic Church is an extraordinarily comprehensive and well-indexed reference tool for anyone who sincerely wants to know Catholic teaching.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s (USCCB) online version of the Catechism features an excellent search function that makes for instant access to Church teaching on virtually any issue.

Please avail yourself of this priceless resource!


catechism-of-the-catholic-church-200Background on the Catechism of the Catholic Church(From the USCCB)

On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 1992, Pope Saint John Paul II promulgated the Catechism with an apostolic constitution, Fidei Depositum. Why did he do this? He intended the Catechism to serve several important functions:

  • To convey the essential and fundamental content of Catholic faith and morals in a complete and summary way.
  • To provide a point of reference for national and diocesan catechisms.
  • To constitute a positive, objective and declarative exposition of Catholic doctrine.
  • To assist those who have the duty to catechize, namely promoters and teachers of catechesis.

The Catechism contains the essential and fundamental content of the Catholic faith in a complete and summary way. It presents what Catholics throughout the world believe in common. It presents these truths in a way that facilitates their understanding.

The Catechism presents Catholic doctrine within the context of the Church’s history and tradition. Frequent references to Sacred Scripture, the writings of the Fathers, the lives and writings of the saints, conciliar and papal documents and liturgical texts enrich the Catechism in a way that is both inviting and challenging. There are over three thousand footnotes in the Catechism.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, which I approved June 25th last and the publication of which I today order by virtue of my Apostolic Authority, is a statement of the Church's faith and of catholic doctrine, attested to or illumined by Sacred Scripture, the Apostolic Tradition, and the Church's Magisterium. I declare it to be a sure norm for teaching the faith and thus a valid and legitimate instrument for ecclesial communion… It is given as a sure and authentic reference text for teaching Catholic doctrine.

St. Pope John Paul II - Fidei Depositum, 1992